The traditional Dublin method of buying nearly everything has always been at the weekly market. There were weekly vegetable markets, bread markets, meat markets, fish markets . . . in fact, there was a time when there was almost no need to go to a store at all. Look around sleek, modern, retail-loving, credit card-wielding Dublin, and it appears that things have changed, but don't be fooled. Just underneath that facade the truth can be found -- Dubliners still love a good market. In fact, there are great markets around, if you know where to look.
You'll find workaday markets like the Moore Street Market, where fruit, vegetables, fish, and bread are sold every weekday from 10am to 2pm, on Moore Street on the Northside.
Then on weekends, the chic Temple Bar shopping comes outside, spilling into three of Dublin’s finest street markets.
The most glamorous of the three is the Designer Mart, a showcase for fashion designers and craftspeople from all over Ireland, which takes place in uber-trendy Cow’s Lane every Saturday from 10am until 5pm. The more low-key Book Market takes up residence in Temple Bar Square all weekend, from 11am to 6pm; there’s always some piece of printed treasure or other to be unearthed among its second-hand book stalls.
A must for foodies, the Food Market makes its presence felt most of all, as tempting aromas waft around Meeting House Square from 10am to 4:30pm on Saturday. Should the weather take a turn for the worse, there’s even a fancy retractable roof to keep you dry while you deliberate over which Irish farmhouse cheese to take away, before waiting in line for a freshly cooked snack.
For more information on the Temple Bar street markets, check out www.templebar.ie.
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