10 Markets to Visit When You Study Abroad in Dublin

May 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Markets can be some of the most lively and colorful places to visit when you're exploring a new city, where locals and tourists come together around everything from food to antiques to secondhand treasures. Here are 10 of our favorites to explore in Dublin:

1. THE DUBLIN FLEA MARKET. The Dublin Flea Market is an absolute must-see for anyone living in or visiting Dublin. It's within walking distance of Griffith College, and a personal favourite of CAPA Dublin students, staff and many locals. There are over 60 stalls so whether you’re after vintage clothes, retro furniture or want to enjoy a day out and a bite to eat, you're sure to find it here! Every month a different designer creates a poster for the Dublin Flea Marke. These posters are available to buy at the market and make a brilliant souvenir or gift to take home. This gem of a market is only open on the last Sunday of every month, between 10am – 5pm. Mark your calendar so you remember to head on down to Newmarket Square. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo from the Dublin Flea Market Facebook page

2. KILLRUDDERY HOUSE AND GARDENS. The stunning Killruddery country house and gardens is located in Bray Co., Wicklow - conveniently close to Dublin, but not too close! At just a scenic DART trip away, it’s the perfect place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Every Saturday there's a Farmer's Market from 10am - 4pm. In this market you'll find delicious food, second-hand books, and locally-made crafts. During the three weeks leading up to Christmas this market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and especially worth a visit then when the stalls multiply and festive carols fill the air.

Photo: Killruddery Farm Market Weekend from the Killruddery Facebook page

3. THE BROCANTE MARKET. The Brocante (or ‘second-hand’, to non-French speakers), Market is on every third Saturday of every month. Between 11am – 5pm, Newmarket Square comes alive with stallholders and eager shoppers who are hoping to bag a bargain and find something unique to take home with them. Even if you’re just in Dublin for a short time and don’t plan on shipping furniture home with you, it’s well-worth a look for some of the smaller treasures!

Photo from the Brocante Market Facebook page

4. MOORE STREET MARKET. Not every market in Dublin happens only during the weekend; the famous Moore Street open air fruit and vegetable market is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to around 3pm. This is Dublin's oldest food market and now immigrants from all over the world have given Moore Street a new air of cultural diversity. Whether you're looking for a bunch of bananas or something a little more unusual and exotic, you’ll definitely get your hands on it here!


5. TEMPLE BAR BOOK MARKET. For the bookworms out there, there’s a Book Market in Temple Bar every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Here you’ll find new, second-hand and rare one-off books at stalls for adults and children, as well as vinyl and CDs.

Biker & Books
Photo: Temple Bar Book Market by Remon Rijper

6. TEMPLE BAR FOOD MARKET. Every Saturday you can feast your eyes on the delights that are at the Temple Bar Food Market! Described as a ‘foodies paradise’, this market takes place every Saturday from 10am – 4.30pm. You’ll find an abundance of continental food here as well as delicious Irish cuisine from farms around the countryside.

Outdoor Market - Dublin
Photo: Temple Bar Food Market Alex Berger

7. GEORGE'S STREET ARCADE. We think George’s Street Arcade falls into the ‘market’ category, so we're including it here. This beautiful, Victorian covered market is well worth checking out for its stunning architecture and brickwork if not for the goodies you'll find inside. Come here to see the “old Dublin” meet the new city. There are plenty of stalls to keep you busy and it’s open seven days per week.

Streets Of Dublin - George's Street Arcade
Photo: George's Street Arcade by William Murphy

8. FUSION SUNDAYS WORLD CULTURE MARKET. Fusion Sundays is an ethnic market hosted in the Dublin Food Co-op, which focuses on the diverse ethnic culture present in Ireland today. Here you can browse in a sea of handmade goods, arts and crafts, recycled products, jewelry, clothes and food. Fusion Sundays also runs various workshops, and has live music, dance, and activities for children. The Market takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 11am to 5pm.

Photo from the Fusion Sundays Facebook page

9. PURE VINTAGE FAIR. First in a series of great markets held in Newmarket Square is the Pure Vintage Fair, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Pure Vintage is exactly what you think it would be: crammed with vintage treasures and with a brilliant atmosphere! It’s also Ireland’s only dedicated monthly vintage and craft fair.

Photo from the Purevintage Facebook page

10. THE HA'PENNY FLEA MARKET. Within walking distance of the Temple Bar Book Market and the Temple Bar Food Market, the Ha’Penny Flea Market has a mish-mash of stalls ranging from vintage clothes to retro furniture, designer threads, vinyl records, contemporary crafts, bric-a-brac, chic jewellery, books and lots, lots more. There are local designers and collectors selling their one-off pieces, photographers, illustrators and craft makers, not to mention the numerous vintage stalls that have amazing finds - vintage furs; bags; dresses and tons more.

Graphic from the Ha'Penny Market Facebook Page

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Topics: Dublin, Ireland