Dispatches from Dublin: Dublin Flea Market

Contributor post by Emily Westbrooks of From China Village

Hello, Poppytalk readers! I'm back with another Dispatch from Dublin - this time, a visit to the Dublin Flea Market and the Jam Art Factory.

On the last Sunday of every month, you can find the Dublin Flea Market Newmarket Square in Dublin. Filled with vintage clothes, bric-a-brac, and even a seamstress who's on hand to make alterations, Dublin Flea Market is held in an indoor and outdoor venue - perfect for the unpredictable Irish weather. Each month, the organizers commission a local artist to create the Flea Market's poster - and each of the previous month's posters can be bought at the poster stall. My favorites are the Christmas market posters.


The Dublin Flea Market also has great vegetarian lunch options - I'd recommend the falafel wrap that's packed with veggies. And you might even be in for a surprise treat - musicians often serenade flea market visitors with impromptu sets.

If you don't find what you're looking for at the Flea Market, head around the corner to the Jam Art Factory, a great little store with a collection of work from up and coming Irish artists. The Jam Art Factory is just down the hill from Christ Church Cathedral, and on Saturday afternoons, they invite up and coming Irish bands to play in the store.

One last tip? When you're through shopping, stop into the Bull and Castle pub just up the hill for one of their home-brewed beers - it's the perfect way to top off a day of shopping!


Emily Westbrooks is a Dublin-based creative and travel writer, artist and blogger. Raised and educated in Maine, Emily married an Irishman and moved to Dublin in 2008. She lives with her husband, Michael, on the northside of Dublin. Originally planning only to stay for a year, she now calls Dublin home. She loves exploring Dublin, adventuring through the hills of Ireland, and traveling around Europe,. And she really loves to write about her adventures, which she shares over on From China Village. She's passionate about design, and can't wait to change your perception of Irish craft and design.

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Pinecone said...

Sounds like an amazing place to spend the day!! Wish I could go :)

Annemiek - TwoTrees said...

This makes me feel homesick! I loved my time in Ireland, when I worked and lived there. I try and go back at lest once a year and you seriously gave me the itches to start booking a flight ;)

Emily said...

Thanks, ladies! It's a special place, for sure!

Charm said...

I was in Dublin for Christmas 2009 and have my Dublin Flea poster framed on the wall to remind me of that cold icy day (yes, i slipped on the cobblestones!). We had wonderful spicy warm chai and chocolate vegan brownies from the little cafe while I tried to work out how to bring home all the amazing vintage crockery to Australia! Can't wait to go back there again!

Charm said...

I have the Christmas '09 poster in my office still waiting to be framed... its so lovely and a great reminder of wonderful day we had there while on our visit home to my boyfriends family. I can't wait to make it back to the Flea Market one day!