Retail & Markets

Traditionally the city’s best-known market district, The Liberties remains one of Dublin’s most distinctive and colourful shopping areas. From the cradle to the grave, you’ll find all you need in its bustling streets.

Thomas Street is the main street, a centre for family-run independent retailers and local specialists as well as convenience stores and street traders; while Meath Street typically comes to life on weekends as the vibrant street market takes over – check out the Bull Ring Market and Liberty Market for a true slice of Dublin street life. Meanwhile the more discerning bargain-hunter can browse the antique shops, design studios and galleries of Francis Street – from Chippendales to chintz you’re sure to find the perfect purchase.  To the south, historic Newmarket is rapidly reinventing itself as a centre for craft food and drink producers and lively food markets, as well as hosting Dublin Food Coop and the regular Dublin Flea Market.

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Art & Antiques on Francis Street

Francis Street lies at the heart of The Liberties and is a well-known haunt for lovers of antiques and curios. In recent years the street’s offer has grown to include contemporary galleries, vintage stores, craft spaces, auction houses and more. The Art & Antiques Quarter is a must-visit for bargain hunters and discerning shoppers alike.

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Browse the Markets on Meath Street

For many, it’s the ultimate slice of authentic Dublin streetlife. Meath Street is at its most lively on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when traders crowd the street selling everything from faux designer-wear to household essentials. There are indoor markets too – long-established Liberty Market and the new Bullring – which anchor the street. In between there’s shops, cafes and pubs. Meanwhile, St Catherine’s Church, with its ‘secret garden’ grotto, is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle.

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New Life for Newmarket

The Earl of Meath’s old marketplace may have seen better days, but Newmarket is now undergoing a resurgence that will transform the area over the coming years. At weekends, the square is a hive of activity with Dublin Food Coop and Green Door Market and the regular Dublin Flea Market all based. While you’re at it, drop in to the award-winning Teeling Distillery to learn about the art of making the amber nectar.

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