7 Things to do at the Blackrock Weekend Market

The concept of weekend markets in Dublin has become increasingly popular in recent years, as people have become more interested in supporting local businesses and shopping sustainably.  Some of the most popular weekend markets in Dublin include the Temple Bar Food Market, the Dublin Flea Market, and the Honest2Goodness Market, among many others. Each market has its unique character and offerings, making it easy to find something new and exciting to discover every weekend. One of the popular weekend markets in the city is the Blackrock Weekend Market. This market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5:30 pm and attracts a diverse crowd of locals and tourists. It is easily accessible by public transport, with several bus routes and a DART station located nearby.

  1. Buy vintage vinyl and artefacts at The Vintage & Retro

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Although the Blackrock market hosts several small shops from where you can shop for accessories and trinkets, The Vintage & Retro is one of a kind. This shop sells Vintage Vinyls from €5. They also have travel posters from around the world, vintage cameras, typewriters, books, vases and frames up for sale. If you dig around a little more, you may stumble upon old-school GI-Joe action figures and WWE playing cards.

  1. Shop for authentic Asian food items

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    The only Asian grocery store in Blackrock is situated in the Blackrock market itself. Open seven days a week, this store has a lot to offer. From traditional Indian Spices to grains, pulses, pickles, sauces and ready-to-eat snacks, this grocery store also sells several delicacies from South Asian countries. Other than the famous Jin Ramen and Mi Goreng ramen, you will also find intricacies like rice paper, and South-Indian food batters at this store. Along with savouries and sweets, this store also stocks fresh cottage cheese every Tuesday and Friday, and they have a separate room dedicated to the sale of halal meat.
  1. Get a tarot reading session from Gemma’s

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    If you’re fascinated by Tarot and numerology, head over to Gemma’s shop for an extensive Tarot card reading session or a quick and fun fortune-telling session. She is a skilled tarot reader with years of experience in the field and can guide you around the issues you might be facing. The walls of her shop are adorned with ancient Tarot card decks and quirky yet cosy furniture. If you’re looking for a discount, you can go as a group of 4 people, for €150. You have to book your appointments before your visit and you can do so through her contact number: 085 1807954

    PS: She doesn’t time her sessions, so you can take your time and work around any problems you’re facing!

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  1. Get a makeover at Maison De Natalie

    Natalie is a local favourite in the Blackrock area as she offers services like threading, waxing, nails, and massages at affordable rates. Her little shop also has junk jewellery on display on which you can avail of a buy 2 get 2 free offer. Her specialities include eyebrow treatments and lash extensions, among other services. She also offers student discounts of 30% on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but don’t forget to book your appointment beforehand at 083 0699669.
  1. Dine at a Michelin Guide restaurant

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    Being listed in the Michelin Guide is considered a prestigious honour in the culinary world, as the guide is highly respected for its rigorous and impartial restaurant reviews. 3 Leaves is an Indian Restaurant situated in the Blackrock Market which offers hearty Indian food. They have a special Weekend Lunch Menu which includes mouth-watering Indian street food, and their famous 3 Leaves Chicken Biryani. You can simply walk in and savour the delicacies they offer. They are open from 12 pm to 4.30 pm on weekends and from 12 pm to 3 pm on weekdays.

    And if you aren’t a fan of Indian cuisine, we’ve got you covered because the Blackrock market offers a huge variety of food options including a traditional Korean Burrito stand, the Cake room, a Spanish tapas wine bar, Lebanese tapas, and vegan options as well.
  1. Experience Live Music at the Blackrock Weekend Market

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Visitors to the Blackrock Market are often treated to the sound of live music as they browse through the stalls. Even though the main entrance of the market has speakers playing ambient music, as you walk towards the back entrance of the market, you will stumble upon a red tent hosting live musicians, adding to the lively atmosphere of the market. These live musicians can be found busking here from 2 to 4 pm on weekends.

  1. Shop for authentic African Handloom crafts from Art Earth
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Lastly, you can head to Art Earth to buy authentic African handloom crafts. They have multiple products like bags, hats, baskets and storage bins which are hand-woven. You can find quirky wooden cutlery, stoneware, little trinkets, and handmade soap inside their store. They are one of the very few stores in Dublin which sell coffee and chocolates made in African countries like Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda. Overall, they offer a wide variety of good-quality, yet affordable gifting options.

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The Blackrock Market offers a unique and vibrant shopping experience that’s sure to please visitors of all ages. From sampling delicious food to browsing through vintage clothing and jewellery, there’s no shortage of things to do and see at this market. Whether you’re a seasoned shopper or simply looking for a fun day out, Blackrock Market has something for everyone. So why not plan a visit this weekend and discover all that this lively and bustling market has to offer? 

Shivani Patwardhan
Shivani Patwardhan

Shivani is an international student from India pursuing her Masters’ Degree in Digital Marketing at University College Dublin. With 3 years of experience working in an Australian Marketing Agency as a Social Media Executive, her favourite pastime includes everything to do with Music as she is a vocalist and a passionate videographer.

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