- Ciaran Lawler
Established in 1973, the venerable Liberty Market can be found in an area of central Dublin known as The Liberties. This is one of the most historic neighbourhoods in the city, and has a long established tradition of local entrepreneurship and communal solidarity. You will be immersed in both history and culture as you wade your way through stalls selling virtually anything you can think of from clothing to crafts, most of which can be obtained at very reasonable prices. Visiting Liberty Market is simply one of the most unique and intimate experiences one can undertake in the city.
Temple Bar Book Market
Visitors to Dublin invariably make their way to the thriving cultural district of Temple Bar at some point during their trip, and the Temple Bar Book Market is one of the very best things to do while you’re there. Located at Temple Bar Square, the market is set up every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and allows patrons to truly soak up Dublin’s literary heritage in the very heart of the city. Perhaps you could make your trip complete by picking up an old copy of Joyce’s Ulysses if you happen to see one lying around. It would make the perfect memento from a visit to a city filled with boundless charm and wonderful storytellers.
Leopardstown Farmers Market
Every Friday you will find one of the oldest and most prestigious farmers’ markets in all of Ireland. It is located at the extremely popular Leopardstown Racecourse in South Dublin, a hugely important venue for horse-racing, and takes place every Friday. This is a traditional food market, but it also includes an extensive modern jewellery and crafts section. Leopardstown farmers’ market is mostly situated indoors, so poor weather is never a factor. Crowds are frequently very large considering the market’s fame, but the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming.
Blackrock is an affluent seaside suburb of Dublin, and its market is an ideal choice for discerning buyers who are out for a bargain on the weekend. Established in 1996, the market offers up a broad array of stalls selling contemporary art, 19th century furniture and everything in between. Blackrock Market can easily be reached from the city centre via the DART rail line, which runs along the coast and offers spectacular views of the sea.
Liffey Valley Farmers Market
Situated in the sleepy suburban village of Lucan, the Liffey Valley Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 11am to 4pm and provides visitors with a wide selection of the freshest locally produced gastronomical delights. It’s a bit of a trek from the centre of the city, but if you’re looking for a market populated almost entirely with locals, and one that doesn’t cater primarily to tourists, then the excursion is well worth your time.