This is one of my favourite places in Dublin. An indoor market crammed with quirky stalls and shops and a great cafe or two.
Located in a splendid red brick building, this was Dublins first purpose built Victorian shopping centre. The original timber structure was completed by English contracters in 1881, but was destroyed by fire on August 22nd 1892 - a huge fire that engulfed much of this area of Dublin. This building had been controversial due to the involvement of English architects and builders.
Public sympathy for the stall holders who lost their businesses, resulted in fund raising for a new market building.
This time, the timber structures were replaced with metal, the builders etc were local people, and it re-opened on 13th September 1894 as the South City Market or George Street Arcade, where people have continued to trade and shop ever since.
Since being acquired by the the Layden Family Group in 1992, the arcade has prospered, with a mix of stalls and goods on sale, as well as a commitment to restoring and maintaining the original Victorian building. They have installed free WiFi for their 21st Century customers though!
Entering from Georges Street, on the left hand side, there are stalls selling pictures and portraits, brightly coloured socks and stockings, records, books etc. On the right hand side are shops selling Vintage dresses, jewellery and stalls including a fortune teller.
My favourite stall is the small cafe Lolly and Cooks where I usually stop by when I visit Dublin for their delicious sausage rolls.
At the Georges Street entrance is another cafe - Simon's Place Coffee Shop (pic 3) recognised as being one of 'The Best Cafes' in Dublin due to its prices, great food and atmosphere. Well I've not had chance to eat here yet - it's always been crowded , both inside and out.
Another reason to visit this eatery . is that it featured in the 2006 award winning film 'Once' which was set in Dublin Wiki's info
Check out the website for details of shops etc.
Mon-Saturday 09.00–18:30 (Thursday 09.00 – 20.30) Sunday 12.00 –18.00
What to buy: Vintage/retro clothing , music, books
Cup cakes, hats
What to pay: From a few Euros ........... to as much as your Bank Manager will allow
If you need a few grocery type items, Spar is a good place to get them. Spar is a convenient store located throghout Dublin that carries a range of convenient store goods like water and drinks, snacks and candy bars, cigarettes (if you smoke), newspaper and trash mags.
What to buy: I picked up a few bottles of water for us.
For casual shopping, i have always liked the George Street Arcade, a colourful Victorian covered market with stunning brickwork architecture at its entrance. There are two rows of stalls inside, plus some regular shops, where you can buy new and second goodies, like books and clothes, and strange or exotic food. On my first visit, years ago, I had my nose pierced - on my last visit I fell in love with ginger chocolated. In between I bought clothes, rare books and records.
What to buy: Definitely go to Jenny Vander - s small shop which sells extraordinary clothes... vintage as well as antique, too. All beautiful, unique and some very fragile. There are some expensive (and original) Victorian costumes, too - definitely worth a look, even if you're not planning on doing any shopping.
The book market was something I was really looking forward to. Unfortunately the weather decided it did not want to cooperate. So there were only a few vendors out and we ended up spending only a few minutes here.
If I ever make it to Dublin in the summer season, I'll be sure to come by here and check it out further.
This is a smallish food market that seems to attract regulars of the locals which I found a little surprising. But it is always good to think you've come across something that is an actual part of the city and not just for the tourists.
What to buy: I bought an empanada which was quite good but too hot. Oh well. I did say it was good right.
Between Trinity College and St. Stephens Green, at the south bank of the Liffey, you can find a very nice and photogenic indoor market called George Street Arcade. This indoor market is built in a very nice Victorian style, with a glass roof, iron pillars and the typical red bricks. Inside you will find all kinds of little shops and stalls with where they sell mostly alternative products.
The George Street Arcade is a place where you can find all kinds of things: from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods and spices and jewellery to clothes and alternative records and CD’s. The arcade is not a big one, but because it is full of small stalls, you can at least spend half an hour there, seeking for something you like.
The arcade is accessible from George Street, and is easily recognisable from it stylish, Victorian entrance.
What to buy: Clothes, CD's, food, antiquities, jewellery, books, posters, bags...
If you head up to Georges street just off Dame street, you will come to a small arcade in which you will find jewellery, books, cd's, records and interesting clothes. All very different from the shops and what you would expect from a market. Lovely smell of fresh coffee and incense from the small shops. Secondhad clothes, 50's style clothes, organic food, a few coffee shops, records and cd's, beautiful jewellery stores. Its a good place to grab a bite to eat and people watch.
What to buy: Jewellery is a good buy here.
ST Georges Arcade is a really nice place to pick up memorabillia,cds,books and clothes,there are lots of different stalls selling unusual things. Its set in a beautiful red brick building,you can also get something to eat and drink there.
Flowers, fresh fruit, fish and vegetables: the main ingredients of this market that is hold from Monday to Saturday iin Moore Street, a side street from Henry street, on the northern side of the Liffey.
It's nice to walk around, hearing vendors shout to sell their goods.
A new market which has recently opened on a new street. Cow's lane linking Lord Edward Street with Essex Street near to Christ Church. The market takes place every Saturday between 10am and 5.30pm. Most of the fashion featured is by young up and coming designers from clothes to jewellery, bags and accessores.
One morning I was walking on Mary's Lane north of the Liffey, when I stumbled on what I thought was the well-known Moore Street Market. Then, I realized that I wasn't on Moore Street and found out that there is another fruit and vegetable market on Mary's Lane between Anne St. and Beresford St. I browsed and moved on since I had just eaten a greasy breakfast!! No guilt, though. I was on vacation!
In the beautiful red brick building that accommodate this market arcade, you could find everything from music to jewelry, antiques, etc… And it’s sheltered of the Irish rain by an elegant Victorian roof! :-)
A traditional market with fruit and veg, flower stalls etc on the north side of the Liffey, just off Henry St