Forgot mention that Buns the cupcake people are at www.buns.ie. They continue to produce divine cupcakes and the flavours and presentation are top notch. Got a mini butterfly cupcake this morning. Sooo cute! Actually prefer these to a lot of the cupcakes I got in New York recently-far tastier and taste home made. Your tummy will thank you!
There were 2 young girls selling great chocolate biscuit cake and scones this morning too, as well as a guy with German cakes and bread and many many more. This market gets increasingly dangerous.... :-)
Last time I was here, Howth Market was a gravel parking lot with not so much charm. This past weekend I was here and Howth Market has completely transformed and has grown to something much better! They have added a handful more stalls from everything to handmade cutting boards, breads and cheeses, baked goods, pastries and sweets, things to eat on the go, crafts and jewellery. They have a few indoor shop fronts as well if you want to sit in and get a coffee or scoop of gelato. I was most impressed by the cupcake stand as you walk under the main entrance. I couldn't help but eat a whole 6 cupcakes myself (they were mini, of course) with how good they looked and tasted.
Howth Market is only open Saturday and Sunday but it's a great local destination for a nice weekend out!
A trip to Howth is my absolute favourite way to spend a Sunday. But... I spend a fortune!!!
The farmers market is a treat but I find myself buying mostly goodies, because the fruit and veg only lasts a day or two - my morale debate on the beneifits of chemicals.. and they're pricey. There is a good range of stalls, mostly food but there are others such as jewellary and clothes.
After I've eaten my way around the stalls it's lovely to walk it off down the pier or over to watch the seals perform for the kids who throw them bits of fish. If I'm feeling energetic Howth Head is there to be climbed! there's also a great playground for kids and quite often a man playing his saxophone for my pleasure.
There's a good choice of restaurants from Seafood to Mexican, and a few little cafes (Mauds is good).
Tip - if it's a Sunday or the Sun is shining, get there early or take the dart. Otherwise you'll sit in traffic on the coast road.
A trip to the Howth markets is great way to spend a sunny Sunday. With a range of stalls - from fruit and veg to bakeries, coffee, jewellery and clothing, the Howth markets are good for a look or a shop.
While I always find the clothing is a bit over-priced and lacking in originality, I have to say the fresh food and bakery items are delish! Yesterday I nabbed myself a beautiful apple pie (and healthy to boot!), a large punnet of strawbs and some of those cutsy cupcakes with out-there icing that are all the rage these days.
There is a very friendly, relaxed vibe about the markets, and the vendors are usually very accommodating (especially the fruiterers, who indulged our fascination with the little orange 'oranges' (kumquats) and let us try one, and then stood by politely while we screwed up our faces and spat them out). Thanks guys, I'm sure kumquats have their place in society, but we'll stick to the fruits we know and love...
The seafood chowder stall always sports a healthy queue, as does the creperie. All up there are about 40 stalls each Sunday (and Bank Holiday Monday) and a steady crowd meanders through the stalls between 10am and 5pm (weather permitting, of course!)
Tip to turn a good Howth Market experience into an awesome Howth market experience: walk a little further past the market stalls to the Howth harbour (the exact spot will usually be marked by a gathering of humans cooing 'ooohs' and 'ahhhhs'.) There you will find (if you are lucky) a gathering of seals! Amazingly beautiful in an ugly kind of way, these creatures will keep you and your children entertained for hours.
I was recommened to visit this weekly Sunday market by the manager of the hotel I was staying in and its definitely worth having a look at. It sells loads of different stuff but in my opinion it was best for fruit. There's all sorts from apples to mangos and they guy who sells it is a real old fashioned salesman, totally charming and very entertaining to talk to. He even sold us an excellent gadget you can use to slice mangoes easily! Theres's also selections of homemade jams and other sweet treats as well as a few tables of pretty jewellery which is made by the women who sell it.
For people who enjoy seafood this market is a must as it's a great chance to buy come genuinely just caught fish, straight from the harbour it was caught in! Definitely worth a visit.
Wonderful farmers' market. Interesting fruit stands at normal prices. It is not very large but it is a must-see on Sunday.
To get to Howth you can catch a bus in Dublin or better for my taste, the DART which takes less than half an hour.
Visiting Howth Market (only on Sundays) makes for a wonderful outing. The train ride to Howth from the city centre takes roughly half an hour and offers an alternative and a more extensive view of Dublin. The Markets themselves offer a variety of good quality and inexpensive produces. There are also many lunch options which can then be enjoyed by the water, where maybe you'll catch a glimpse of one of the seals!
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