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Sep 7, 2012 06:34 AM

Farmer's markets in Dublin?

Can anyone recommend good farmer's markets in Dublin for produce? Many seem more geared towards prepared foods and knick knacks -- I'm looking for a proper fruit/veg/meat/fish kind of market.

I see there's one in Howth on Sundays -- is that worth the trek? And are there any better ones in D2 or D1?

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  1. I like Howth a lot, well worth it, quite heavy on prepared foods but also ample organic food to make meals from scratch. I enjoy combining a trek there with lunch in the Oarhouse. For veg, fruit, and cheese, eggs etc., perhaps the Saturday market at People's Park Dun Laoghaire is better

    1. The only market in Dublin that I think comes close to the term 'Farmer's Market' is the one in Leopardstown racecourse on Fridays. Denis Healy's organic veg with a lot that is Irish recently, Rahara beef and Coolanowle organic meats along with Jenny McNallys great salads and other greens and the fresh fish stall and Ray Clarke's soft fruit - and none of the knick-knack rubbish you find elsewhere.
      There's also Quarrymount meats at Marlay market who has the best burgers!
      These producers are to be found in the other markets too like Temple Bar on Saturdays. Although I don't know who is at what market and when. Must be a website for that info.

      Try the market in Farmleigh too, a lovely spot to hang out and a guy from Louth (don't know his name) who has the best Golden Wonders in Ireland!

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      1. re: DublinChow

        Hi, I'm headed to Dublin in late February for a long weekend (Sat - Tues) and am looking for recommendations on great food places and pubs. I've checked out Pig's Ear and that's a must on my list. Will look into Pichet.

        Any other great bars/pubs in Dublin that offers a great vibe and drinks? I'm a martini person. My husband likes his whiskey. We don't have kids. We're big drinkers.

        DublinChow, what is are Golden Wonders?

        1. re: SuJinOh

          We were in Dublin last November. Do have breakfast at Bewley's Oriental Cafe on Grafton and breakfast or lunch at Avoca. Both are excellent.

          Fade St. has a few very good places to eat. Fade St. Social is very popular and we enjoyed a very good dinner at the French-sounding L'Gueuleton. The menu also includes quite a few Irish dishes.

          1. re: SuJinOh

            Pichet is well worth a visit and they have interesting cocktails as well as great food.
            Try Keogh's on South Anne Street or Mulligans on Poolbeg Street for pints of Guinness. Don't ask for a Martini in either of these places! Whiskey is another story.....
            I haven't been (yet!) but am told by several people that have that the Vintage Cocktail Club has great, if expensive cocktails. Nibbles are available there too.

            Golden Wonders are potatoes.

            1. re: BrianGilligan

              Thanks BrianGilligan! I'll be sure to note your tip about not asking for martinis!