Monday 23 September 2013

Temple Bar Food Market

Some Dubliners never go to Temple Bar, I think they prefer to leave it to the tourists. For many years I used to live right in the middle of this area and one of my favourite thing was the Temple Bar food market.

It takes place every Saturday from 10 am to 4.30pm in Meeting House Square, rain or shine. If it rains don't worry they have a retractable canopy!

A good place to start off your market visit would be the Temple Oyster bar for a glass of white wine and some oysters. If you had a few drinks the night before, this is supposed to be the best hangover cure.

At the McNally Family farm's stall you'll find beautiful organic vegetables and some of their homemade products such as salad dressings or gherkin pickles.

Irish apples, apply syrup, juices and more can be found at Llewellyn’s Orchard's stall.

For some delicious cheeses head to Corleggy cheeses' stall, I love the selection box for only a fiver or you can get tempted by their award winning port jelly.

Sheridans cheesemongers is also there selling beautiful Irish farmhouse cheeses, Irish charcuterie, oils and other fantastic food products.

Meat, spices, breads, olives, eggs, dried fruits... You can buy lots of products to eat or cook at home.

Otherwise, come with an empty belly and have lunch there. There is a good mix of Irish and ethnic food stalls selling street food you can enjoy either standing or sitting at one of the few seats around the square.

From crêpes to Indian vegetarian food, from tacos to sushi, there are plenty of options to satisfy the taste buds.

The atmosphere at the market is very relaxed and it doesn't feel like you're in the middle of the city. There is mix of tourists and locals and I'd recommend anyone to visit it.

After the food market you could also get cultured in the Gallery of photography, the Irish Film Institute or one of the neighbouring art galleries.

Now, your next Saturday afternoon in the big smoke is sorted!

Have you been to Temple Bar food market? What's your favourite food market?