Everyone loves a good food market. And with the rise of eclectic cuisines reflecting a host of different cultures that thrive in our fair city, Dublin has become one of the best places to experience a multifaceted one. We took it upon ourselves to find out some more about these markets; the culture, the people behind the stalls, and what makes their food so ridiculously tasty…
Temple Bar Food Market
Every Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. [Website]
Meet Marco - a connoisseur of Mediterranean delights. From olive oils, feta cheese and hummus to sundried tomatoes and anchovies, his stall is a delectable pick ’n’ mix for adults. Marco himself is an irrepressibly cheery character, full of fun facts to indulge you with, they are the perfect side to his culinary treats. For example, did you know the real reason women wear handbags is because way back when, when we were hunter-gatherers, the women-folk had to create a pouch to put their gatherings in. Birthplace of the purse, he says. But it’s his culinary knowledge that got us – even on the subject of the humble carbonara, which he insists should NEVER contain cream or milk. We didn’t know this, but he does! So to find out more about the true art of ‘Cucina Mediterranea’ take a trip to Meeting House Square in Temple Bar where you’ll find him alongside a whole host of world cuisine. Who knows what else you’ll learn?
Irish Village Markets
Lunchtimes: 11am – 2pm. Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays.
Found in various locations around the city.
The Irish Village Market has 18 different varieties of food on offer, so if you can manage to pick only one thing for lunch we salute you. One vendor who caught our eye was Stephen Harper aka ‘the Fish & Chip Guy’. He and his son have created a new take on an old classic. None of your greasy chipper type stuff here – this is about putting some class into your battered cod. Hand-cut chips are blanched and reheated for the perfect crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside texture. Panko crumbed fish prepared on the day is coated by hand and if you choose a cajun spiced fish, you’ll get a whole new level of flavour in your fillet. There’s something about the outdoors, good food and friendly faces that perpetuates positivity and if that suits your pallet, check out the website for a full list of locations and timetables.
Every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm.
What better place to have a market than by the seaside? Jump on a DART southbound and you’ll find a quaint little spot on the shore where Howth Market hosts an array of artisan foods and crafts. We suggest visiting the enigmatic Paddy McDonnell at the Irish BBQ stall. Not only will he happily have ‘the chats’ with you, (the man is so much fun!), but he also stocks locally sourced and locally famous Irish meats. He is all about quality, spending his life tripping from the west to the east side of Ireland and back in search of the best cuts. He tells us “When people taste the meat they come back for more.” So if you want to delve into famous Irish cuisine at its meatiest, than his burgers and pork steak rolls are for you. He does a mean sausage too!
Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Market
Every Sunday 11am – 4pm
Every Sunday the beautiful seaside town of Dun Laoghaire (served by the southbound DART) hosts the People’s Park Market. Located near the East Pier, the park comes alive with over 50 vendors trading everything from hot food and baked goods to artisan ingredients and seasonal produce. We met Mohammad Allaw, who specializes in Lebanese cuisine who told us that he and his father are responsible for bringing ‘the taste of the Lebanon into Ireland’.
He and his father are a dynamic-duo priding themselves on bringing the first traditional Lebanese food to our green shores over twenty years ago. The pair create the cuisine fresh each day – “no one else is allowed to” he assures us, so if they can’t make the food, no one else will – that’s commitment!
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