Foodies in the know are aware that if they want to try the latest artisan products then Irish food markets are the places to go. So many of our most popular Irish brands started their lives at weekly food markets, and as the first rung of the ladder for producers who are testing their products, they are an ideal spot to check out what is going to be the next big thing on supermarket shelves. From the freshest of local fruit and veg to the most interesting condiments and cured meats, Irish food markets are an essential weekly destination for food lovers, and with over 150 to choose from, we’ve chosen the unmissable top 10:
The English Market in Cork is located in a magnificent Victorian style market where you can find the best of local produce. The English Market has been serving Cork City since 1788, and it is open to the public from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
This old market dates back to over 160 years ago, and it is open all year on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The market is a paradise for gourmets who will find the best of products, all freshly made.
Strategically located in the renowned Temple Bar area, the market is located in Meeting House Square and open every Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The small selection of Irish food producers offer some of the best Irish products to taste and a great selection of fruit and vegetables.
Built in the late nineteenth century, the award-winning St George’s Market in Belfast is a haven for gourmets and offers an eclectic mix of traditional and modern city life. The market is held in the same place since 1604 and takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings; the many fish stalls make the St. George’s Market the leading fish market in all Ireland.
The Naas Farmers’ Market in County Kildare takes place every Saturday, and features many biological producers from the hills of Wicklow: fresh bread, pastries and Sheridan’s artisanal cheeses.
The Dungarvan Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday until 2pm in the historical Grattan Square and offers a huge selection of local products.
Open all year round on Saturdays & Bank Holidays from 8am to 6pm and on Sunday from 12 to 6pm, the Galway Market takes place in Church Lane. Fresh produce and locally produced crafts are sold by local artisans and producers.
Located in Glasnevin, the Honest2Goodness Market is specialized in ethical and local food and wine, and offers a great selection of locally produced fresh meat, vegetables and baked goods. Open every Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm, it’s also a great place where you can buy organic and natural wines.
Located in the historic People’s Park, it is open every Sunday from 11am to 4pm, and offers a selection of over 50 vendors selling a wide range of artisan food products and seasonal produce.
Located in Dublin 8, the Dublin Food Co-op is run “for the members by the members” as declared on the website, and this means the Co-Op is 100% owned and controlled by its consumer members. It takes place every week, Wednesday to Sunday, and offers a great selection of organic, local, Fairtrade and sustainable products.
Last but not least the Howth Market, with over 20 stalls it offers a wide range of Irish and international foods. One of our favourites has to be Jaru which serves up deliciously tasty Korean food. It opens every Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays.
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