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Dublin's street (and organic) markets

Stallholder at Temple Bar Food Market
Temple Bar Food Market
Howth Market
People’s Park Market in Dún Laoghaire
Leopardstown Farmers Market

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Irish cuisine isn’t that well known beyond the Emerald Isle, but local producers are keen to change this. Meet them at the markets they hold every week.
Although Ireland’s climate might make it seem otherwise, Dubliners love street life and they make the most of every minute of sunshine to get out and about. A very good example of this is the number of open-air markets held across the city. The organic food and farmers' markets have proved extremely successful with locals and visitors alike. The most popular one is Temple Bar Food Market. It's held every Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm in Meeting House Square and here you'll find both ready-prepared food and fresh produce brought in by local farmers. If you want to eat there, you have a choice of crepes, Spanish tapas, oysters or Mexican tacos, among many other options. And the sweet treats are just as excellent. Who doesn't fancy a chocolate brownie when they're on holiday?

Farmers Markets are held in various locations around the city and the surrounding area from Thursday to Sunday. The markets attract small producers wanting to sell their fresh food (the majority is organically grown or produced). On Thursdays there's a market on Harcourt Street, Fridays in Leopardstown and Sandyford, and Howth market is held at weekends. The latter is the biggest one of the four (featuring 40 stalls). It's held in the little coastal village of Howth, so it makes a perfect weekend outing. It opens from 10am to 5pm, so you can have lunch while you do a spot of gourmet shopping. To get to the market from Dublin city centre you'll have to take the DART to the last stop on the line (northbound) or bus number 32. It's well worth the effort!

In Blackrock, 20 minutes train ride from the city centre (take the DART from Tara Street Station), there's a market at weekends (and on Bank Holiday Mondays). It opens from 9am and specialises in vintage items. As well as food, you'll find crafts, books and secondhand clothing.
Right in the heart of Dublin, on Moore Street (next to O’Connell Street), there's another market that's practical if you're going through the city centre. It sells fruit and flowers and some of the shops in the street set up stalls outside on the pavement. You'll find good prices and lots of bargains. It could be your salvation for snacks between visiting landmarks and tourist attractions. It opens Monday to Friday during normal shopping hours (until 5pm).
Liberty Market is held on Meath Street and Thomas Street. It's in one of the oldest parts of the city and although the market isn't quite as charming as it was in bygone times, it's worth going to have a browse and seeing the atmosphere if it's on your way.

Coco Market

Another open-air market initiative is Coco, which is keen to encourage local producers to display their goods. This market is held in Rathfarnham (South County Dublin) on Saturdays and then it moves to People’s Park in Dún Laoghaire on Sundays. This coastal town is very close to Dublin, so it gets a lot of visitors at weekends. If the sun is out, you can buy your lunch from one of the fifty stalls and eat it on the grass in the park.

It's not all about eating

It's not just food producers who set out their wares in open-air markets. It's also easy to find stalls selling clothing, antiques, art and decorative items. One of the markets that's a must for this is the Designer Mart on Cow’s Lane. It's there every Saturday with handmade crafts, artworks and secondhand fashions.