Cork city’s indoor English Market is arguably the best known and most popular food market in the entire country. As one of the world’s oldest municipal markets, dating back to 1788, it’s equal parts local amenity and historical attraction, even warranting a visit by Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit to Ireland. The emphasis here is on fresh produce: the vast majority of traders deal in meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and other perishables. There are also deli stalls serving sandwiches, cafés for enjoying a coffee and soak up the atmosphere and a smattering of stands selling art, crockery and other items.
Don’t leave without cacio cavallo cheese from Toonsbridge Dairy, available from the Real Olive Company stall.
HOURS: Mon–Sat: 8am–6pm
English Market, Princes St, Centre, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 000 000
Established in 1983 by a group that originally banded together to protest the building of a nuclear power station, the Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square has developed into what its organisers call ‘a true food democracy’ by bringing organic, local, fair trade and sustainable products to the people of Dublin. The co-op hosts a different independently run market every Sunday: Pure Vintage, Fusion Market, Rumble in the Jumble and Dublin Flea Market.
HOURS: Wed, Fri: 10am–7pm, Thurs: 10am–8pm, Sat: 9:30am–5pm, Sun 11am–5pm
Limerick’s Milk Market dates back as far as 1852, when attempts were first made to consolidate the city’s wide array of separate markets into one main area. Today, the Milk Market on Mungret Street is still thriving and home to artisan traders selling the best local seafood, dairy products, preserves and other foodstuffs, as well as stalls of gifts, clothing, crafts and bric-a-brac. Saturday is the flagship market day, but the market is also open on Fridays and Sundays. In the evenings, the Milk Market doubles as an entertainment venue and hosts live music and events.
Don’t leave without a home-baked bread from Country Choice.
HOURS: Fri: 10am–3pm, Sat: 8am–3pm, Sun: 11am–3pm
The Milk Market, Mungret St, Limerick, Ireland, +353 61 214 782