On Saturday, Elly and I were out of bed and on a bus into Dublin city centre before 10am – an unusual occurrence for us to be out and about that early on a weekend but we were both eager to have an early look around The Point Village Market.
We’ve visited a number of markets around the Dublin area in the last few months and been somewhat disappointed. In one case the Market was no longer in operation at the location still being advertised online. So while we were both hopeful, we also weren’t raising our expectations to much, just in case we were disappointed.
Thankfully, we weren’t. Now I know the weather was awesome last Saturday and that certainly did help to make it a wonderful day out but the market is definitely worth a visit, for a number of reasons. It’s easily accessible via the Luas (red line) which terminates right beside the market, or by a leisurely stroll down the river bank as we did.
The selection of stalls was very good although my initial impression was a little lack lustre as the first row we encountered seemed to be all books, bric-a-brac and jewellery stalls, not my thing really. Elly, on the other hand was in her element being the bookworm that she is
Thankfully just as I was starting to get bored we spotted the first food stall, selling baklava, Turkish delight and the largest muffins I’ve ever seen! We settled on purchasing some baklava for later and moved on not wanting to load ourselves up too much until we’d seen all that was available.
From here we turned a corner and things just got better, there were produce stalls for everything and anything – butcher, bakers, yes even a candlestick maker! What really amazed me was the selection of produce available: fruit and veg, cheese, fish, organic lamb, bread, jam, chutney, olive oil, oysters, chorizo and salami – even Indian ghee was available.
Most seemed to be artisan and/or organic produce and everyone was very friendly and wanted to tell us about their produce and was more than happy to talk at length about them; but this didn’t come across as some sort of pushy sales technique.
There were also a large selection of food stalls and I was happy to see that this didn’t mean a chip van or two. Instead there was genuine choice: Hot dogs, organic meat pies, oysters and wine, taco’s, pizza (from a wood fired oven) and a fish and chip van that we’re not sure even had chips, but they did have chowder, calamari and scallops on the menu.
By now it was heading for midday and we were starting to get a little hungry, so after some discussion we decided that we would share a pizza between us, partly cause they looked really good but also because they were using a sour dough bread for the base, cooking it in a wood fired oven and using some really great looking ingredients and I’m happy to report that the pizza was fantastic. A great lunch to set us up for the rest of our day.
After we ate, Elly loaded me up like a pack mule with all our purchases (thankfully we had brought a small rucksack) before we headed back towards the city centre and paid a visit to an asian supermarket (oh the spices, but more on that another day), some other shopping and the last stop of our Saturday morning experience, a visit to the new Murphy’s Ice cream store in Temple Bar where we spotted and said hello to Kieran, Thea and the rest of the team as they were busy setting up the store and scooping ice cream to an appreciative crowd in Temple Bar.
As we sat down on the kerb in the blazing afternoon sun to enjoy our ice cream, a busker finished his break, strummed a few chords on his guitar and sang the opening line “Here comes the sun”, some soap bubbles appeared on the breeze, the sun seemed to shine a little brighter, even the pigeons were smiling 😉 and in a flash I remembered that while it has it’s faults you can’t beat Dublin in a June heatwave