Funky Finds: Best Markets in Dublin

Updated On: February 06, 2022

A man walking through an outdoor farmers market

During a trip to Ireland, it is essential to visit the markets, thrift stores and vintage shops but also the many well-known flea markets, especially in Dublin, because they are the best places to shop. Markets are really great places to find unique items and have a good time with friends. The majority of the markets are open during the spring in Dublin so you can enjoy the good weather and the open-air markets.

If you are a bargain hunter or passionate about vintage and handcrafted items, you are going to love flea markets. You can shop at the Bernard Shaw Flea Market or Ha’Penny Flea Market, but the most popular is the Dublin Flea Market. So, here’s our list of flea markets around Dublin that you can’t miss out on:

A man shopping for books at a flea market
You can find books and other antiques at the Dublin Flea Market: Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

The Dublin Flea Market

The Dublin Flea Market takes place for 6 months a year, from April to September.  The market is held on every last Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located near Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Factory in the Digital Hub on Thomas Street in Dublin city center. Since 2008, it has been held in a covered space with over 45 stands including a few stands set up outside on sunny days.

The market displays typical Irish items like vintage treasurers, modern clothing and eccentric jewelry. You will also find books, antique prints and maps, antique porcelain, vintage retro furniture, artisanal and organic items and toys for children. Handcrafted food is also present, and you can have a great time in a group and taste delicious food with music as there are seats near stalls with cakes, sandwiches and smoothies.

We therefore recommend that you take the time to browse all the stands because you will discover original and funky finds. Lovers of vintage objects and products as well as Irish and English culture will be delighted to discover this market in Dublin.

Anyone can be a vendor in the flea market for at least a day. All you need is second-hand products that you want to sell! You have the opportunity to rent a booth in the form of a kiosk or van to sell your belongings for the day, which you can do from the Dublin Flea Market website.

Artwork for sale at a flea market
You can find artwork at many flea markets: Photo by Kadir Celep on Unsplash

Jamestown Market

This market is less known to tourists but just as interesting. It is a covered market so ideal for rainy days as well. It includes a flea market made up mainly of clothes and thrift stores but also old CDs and DVDs, books and decorative items.

Ha’Penny Flea Market

If you are free on a Saturday, we recommend that you visit the small Ha’Penny Flea Market. Open every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., it is located in The Grand Social Pub in the city center north of the Ha’Penny Bridge. Here you will find vintage clothes and bargains so don’t hesitate to browse the displays of clothing and discover the creations of local designers. This friendly indoor market has a relaxed atmosphere and customers are invited to enjoy a pint while browsing the various stalls.

Bernard Shaw Flea Market

This flea market takes place every week on Saturdays at the Bernard Shaw pub and their beer garden. Visitors can enjoy cocktails and craft beers while browsing the market and bargains. The Bernard Shaw space is a Pub consisting of an exhibition space, cafes and an Italian restaurant. You can therefore plan a day to enjoy the many restaurants and cafes as well as the flea market.

The Designer Market at Cow’s Lane – Markets in Dublin

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there is also the Designer Market at Cow’s Lane which is an open-air market bringing together the best Irish artisans. This is a great place for those who want to shop for a unique gift or souvenir from Ireland, handcrafted by independent and local artisans. You will find wooden pieces, jewelry, wool, works of art like drawings and paintings and some handcrafted clothes.

A woman looks through bins at a flea market
Many flea markets are held from morning to evening on the weekends: Photo by Julien Dumas on Unsplash

Temple Bar Food Market – Dublin Markets

The Temple Bar Food Market is a Dublin market held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the heart of the capital city center. It is located in the famous Temple Bar district on the Meeting House Square and offers many local gastronomic and artisanal products including: cooked dishes, raw products, seasonal organic vegetables and fruits, pastries, meats, cheeses and alcohols. In a colorful and cheerful setting, this is an opportunity for tourists to taste and discover the richness of Irish gastronomy and unique culinary traditions.

Temple Bar Night Market

From the beginning of April to the end of September, the Temple Bar night market takes place on Wednesday evenings. They bring together many works of local artists who make handmade beauty products like organic soaps and lotions but also decorations, jewelry and furniture.

After some heavy shopping at the markets in Dublin – why not consider these hot experiences in the Fair City, Dublin by Bus, places to stay in Dublin, Dublin’s writers museum, and of course the EPIC museum.

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