If you’re in Dublin, Ireland on a weekend, you’re bound to run into a food market. One Saturday afternoon, we went on a long walk around the city, stopping in at the Temple Bar Food Market and Dublin Food Co-op to see what vegan eats we could find.
The Temple Bar Food Market is worth a visit for the atmosphere if nothing more. The surrounding area is buzzing with tourists and locals all day long. There’s a section with vegetables and fruit, but the majority of the space is taken up by vendors offering drinks, snacks and lunch. The fruit and veg didn’t appear to be local, so I’d say the vendors are the main attraction here.
We saw some ladies making fresh juices, which reminded us of our frequent trips to the juice ladies in Peru.
We spotted Karuna’s Kitchen and quickly noticed their “pure vegetarian” sign. They were serving up all kinds of fried vegetable pastries. A lot of their products had cheese, but some looked potentially vegan-friendly. We didn’t have a chance to fight through the crowds and ask questions. We were more interested in the raw vegan goodies offered by one of their neighbours.
Natasha’s Living Foods had a large booth with raw vegan salads, dips, crackers, chocolate truffles and pies ready for takeaway.
For €6.00 Euros ($7.36 USD), we got a medium takeout box with four generous scoops of salad, topped with a tomato tapenade dressing. They stuffed all kinds of yummy veggies in our box, including some fennel, zucchini and sprouted chickpeas.
After finishing our light and healthy lunch, we decided we wanted something sweet. We returned to Natasha’s Living Foods to look at all the options.
We agreed on a slice of orange chocolate pie. I would have loved to try wheatgrass cashew or blueberry pie but we choose this one because it was in the promotional section, selling for €3.00 Euros ($3.68 USD), €1.00 Euro less than the other pies. It was discounted for being cut imperfectly (we couldn’t tell) but tasted great. It wasn’t very firm, due to the heat, and got messy quickly. We enjoyed it anyway.
Temple Bar Food Market
Meeting House Square
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After the Temple Bar Food Market, we walked outside of the city center to check out the Dublin Food Co-op.
The Dublin Food Co-op was much bigger than we were expecting. They had several aisles stocked with fruit & veg, a row of prepared food vendors and a large grocery section in the back selling a wide selection of goods, including nut butters, tofu and eco-friendly cleaning products.
We found a huge selection of milk alternatives, including soy, hemp, almond, hazelnut, oat and rice options.
Some sweet finds included vegan and gluten free cookies by Doves Farm Organic and Rice & Rice’s hazelnut fingers.
The Blazing Salads Food Company had a booth, where they were selling several vegan options, including pizza, stuffed vegetable pastries and desserts. They have a takeout cafe which was recommended to me by Aoife from the Adventures in Veg blog. We didn’t have a chance to eat there but their food looked good.
One man was selling vegan muffins made with stevia, a sweetener that’s still undergoing approvals in Europe. That’s why he had an obligatory sign saying the muffins were “not for human consumption.”
You can visit the Dublin Food Co-op on Thursday or Saturdays. It’s a great place to pick up some groceries and grab a lunch on a Saturday afternoon.
Dublin Food Co-op
12 Newmarket, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Main opening: Saturdays 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Extra opening: Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Visit this link for a list of other organic and farmer’s markets in Dublin.