There are plenty of must-see markets in Ireland, but we’ve picked out the top five you probably don’t know about.
Markets in Ireland are well-known for their artisan products, and old-school vintage finds. They are an excellent way to shop local and to support independent traders, and also just a splendid way to spend an afternoon.
We put together this list of some more off-the-beaten-track market options for those who want to venture outside the more famous spots.
5. Strandhill Peoples’ Market (Sligo) – a market in a unique location
A market in an airport seems like an odd concept, but the fact that this little gem of a market is based in a hangar of Sligo Airport is all part of the experience. Strandhill Peoples’ Market takes place every Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm, and is a hit with local families.
This is one of the most child-friendly markets in Ireland – it features face-painting and balloon-modelling to keep the little ones happy.
At the same time, their adults peruse the stands of various independent traders. Although small, it is perfectly formed – with plenty of food options for those who want to make an afternoon of it.
Address: Hangar 1, Sligo Airport, Strandhill, Co. Sligo.
4. Bullring Market – one of the best markets in Ireland
Old meets new in this charming Wexford Town market, which opens on Fridays and Saturdays. This shopping hub is a piece of the town’s history. It retains the unpolished community element that markets in Ireland were once renowned for.
Lose yourself on the ornate cobbled streets as you comb through bric-a-brac and second-hand books, a cup of locally roasted Mean Bean coffee in hand.
Read up on the history of the Bullring before your visit, and you will appreciate the rather gory origin of the name, as well as the historic pike-man statue at one end of the square.
Address: Bullring, Wexford Town, Co. Wexford.
3. Copper Coast Market – to celebrate new local ventures
This new kid on the block is the brainchild of Emma Martin, a Waterford-based food blogger. She recognised a gap in the market for an independent market in her area.
Emma was keenly aware of all the talent in her local community in terms of independent traders, crafters, and food stalls – and wanted to provide all of these individuals and small businesses with a forum to display their expertise to the public.
Since opening in May 2019, the Copper Coast Market has gone from strength to strength – priding itself on offering food and purchase options for all tastes and budgets, and encouraging community rather than competition.
Many small businesses began at the Copper Coast Market, and most of the traders are women. It is dog-friendly, accessible, and green – need we say any more? This is one of the most exciting new markets in Ireland.
Follow the market on Facebook and Instagram for further details and dates for the next market.
Address: Chia Bia Carpark, Unit 1, Riverstown Business Park, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
2. Honest2Goodness – for a delicious Dublin outing
This one is for all the foodies out there. Honest2Goodness is an off-the-beaten-track Dublin paradise for anyone who appreciates locally produced artisan foods.
From sweet to savoury, and from teas to tipples – there’s something here to whet the appetite of even the most particular picker. There are a plethora of food markets in Ireland at the moment – but this hidden gem has to be one of our all-time favourites.
Special diets are well-catered for, and amongst the wealth of locally-sourced fish and meat, you will find many vegan and vegetarian options. The market runs every Saturday and is a most delicious way to while away a lazy weekend afternoon.
Couple your visit with a trip to the nearby Glasnevin Cemetery or Botanical Gardens and your heart will be as full as your belly!
Address: 136A Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Dublin 11.
1. Mother Jones Flea Market – for your new favourite vintage find
Okay, vintage lovers – this is one market in Ireland worth making a special trip for. Open weekend afternoons, this indoor market is a verified Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved treasures – from clothes to homewares to vinyl.
One could easily spend the whole day rifling through Mother Jones’ (often simply called Cork Flea Market) stock and bantering with the traders.
All of that bargain-hunting can be thirsty work – and luckily, the considerate folks at Mother Jones also sell tasty coffee and goodies to fuel your shopping.
This never-ending maze of one-off buys simply has to be our number one off-the-beaten-track market in Ireland.
Address: Corner of McCurtain & York Street, Cork City, Co. Cork.