Goodbye sandwich, hello selection.
Spring is here (kinda anyway) and the odd sunny lunchtime means we’re all dying to get out of the office for a sneaky glimpse of the sunshine before it’s gone again. Now that things are looking a bit more cheery outside what better way to celebrate then to say goodbye to eating, yet another, uninspiring sandwich at your desk and head to your nearest lunchtime market to see what’s on offer.
The traditional Sunday Farmer’s Market has become so popular recently, that lots of places now hold mid-week fairs as well. Whether you’re looking for something tasty to get you through the afternoon slump, or maybe even an appetising dinner for this evening, we have our pick of the best lunchtime markets from around the country to share with you. Enjoy!
Irish Village Markets, Dublin
Held almost everyday (expect Monday and Tuesday) Irish Village Markets operate from various locations around Dublin city, including Spencer Dock, Grand Canal Quay, Fitzwilliam Square and many more. The food on offer, nicknamed a ‘moveable feast’ by the way, ranges from pad thai to a flame-grilled steak sandwich. Pizza, pasta and paella are all there for the taking too. If you really want to indulge you could try some traditional Canadian poutine from Lala Poutine. Confused? It’s basically chips, gravy and cheese. Grab your coffee to take with you from The Barista Bike team – a coffee shop on wheels.
The English Market, Cork
One of the country’s best known and most loved food markets, The English Market in Cork city has been around since 1778 and is still going as strong as ever! If you happen to come across something that you simply can’t do without, and we’re pretty sure you will, loads of recipes are online so you can make them yourself and all ingredients are available to buy in the market. There are four different restaurants to choose from, plenty of variety and oodles of choice to take care of all your fruit, fish and vegetable needs, including a (very dangerous) selection of confectionary choices. The Queen herself even popped her nose round the corner while she was here too.
The Milk Market, Limerick
If you happen to be in Limerick at lunchtime, then get yourself down to the acclaimed Milk Market. There is a huge selection of local, fresh and seasonal foods and products to choose from. What’s more, you’re often buying directly from the producer themselves, so you know it’s gonna be good. You name it, they have it there, from The Mushroom Man selling, yes you guessed it, mushrooms to gourmet handmade pies. For any tea drinkers out there (basically everyone), who might fancy something a little different Tea4You has over 80 varieties of tea to choose from. The Milk Market also has lots of other stalls and galleries to browse around until it’s time to get back to work.
Galway Market, Galway
This street market has been around for centuries, literally, but it has also moved with the times and the nation’s tastes too. Spicy mandras curry or Japanese sushi can be followed by a delicious crêpe or handmade cookie (or both if you feel like it!) Galway Market is open right throughout the year and if it’s some good old-fashioned bread you’re after then Saturday is the best day to visit. The Bean Tree is a vegetarian company who sell gluten-free and vegan friendly food and The Gourmet Offensive’s famous
falafel has been the talk of the town for the past few years. Well worth a visit.