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Clandeblog Exploring hidden gem markets in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland, with its rich history and vibrant culture, offers a unique shopping experience through its diverse and charming markets. Here’s your guide to discovering the best local food, charming handmade crafts, and the warm culture that Northern Ireland proudly showcases in its markets.

Food & Drink Markets

St George’s Market

Customers shopping at a bread stall at St George's Market, one of Northern Ireland's markets.
St George's Market, courtesy of Tourism Ireland

St Georges Market, one of Belfast's oldest attractions, combines history with a bustling market scene. It’s the last surviving Victorian covered market in Belfast and a must-do if you’re visiting the city over a weekend (open Friday - Sunday). Expect local foods and drink, handmade crafts and a buzzing atmosphere!

Trademarket

Colourful street art mural above the 'Trademarket' sign, depicting a cultural scene at a Northern Ireland market.
Trademarket

Belfast's Trademarket is an eclectic mix of street food, indie retail, and artisan drinks, where you can enjoy local beers, crafts, and cocktails. Open between Wednesday and Sunday, you'll find it on Dublin Road, near Botanic train station.

Common Market

A person's hand picking up a cocktail glass at a market in Northern Ireland
Drinks at Common Market

This popular street food market in Belfast city centre brings together the best of local food vendors all under one roof between Thursday and Sunday. It offers something for everyone, including vegan and gluten-free food options. Common Market is also a dog-friendly spot, perfect for a bite and a pint with friends and furry companions.

Artisan & Farmer's Markets

Banana Block

People at Banana Block, a Northern Ireland artisan market
Banana Block Belfast

A hub of creativity and innovation, Banana Block hosts an ever-changing range of events throughout the month. Explore the history of the space, engage with local artisan producers, and discover the creativity of Belfast's entrepreneurs. It's a dynamic space that reflects the city’s vibrant culture. Check out their latest events here.

Belfast flea market

On the first Sunday of each month at the Sunflower Pub in Belfast, you’ll find the Belfast Flea Market. This small, unique market is great for those who love artisan foods, vintage clothes, art, and crafts. There's also food stalls and live music, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

Inns Cross Market

A loaf of bread at a artisan market in Northern Ireland
Inns Cross Market

Inns Cross Market, held monthly in South Belfast, showcases around 30 stalls offering local, seasonal, and artisanal foods. Alongside, there's an independent plant nursery and a handful of vendors specialising in premium handmade skincare, cosmetics, and eco-friendly living products.

Bangor Market

A rustic wooden crate filled with a variety of fresh vegetables on a green grass background, showcasing the type of local produce available at markets in Northern Ireland.
Local, seasonal food

Every Wednesday, the ASDA car park in Bangor transforms into a bustling open-air market. With over 50 stalls, it offers an abundance of fresh produce, seafood, home-baked treats, and much more.

Comber Farmer’s Market

Visit Comber on the first Thursday of each month to experience a market bustling with the finest local, fresh, seasonal produce. Meet the growers and bakers selling their high-quality produce at market value, and discover the true taste of Northern Ireland's local food.

Newcastle Artisan Market

A collection of jams and chutneys at a farmer's market in Northern Ireland.

On the first Saturday of each month, Newcastle in Co. Down becomes a stage for the region's artisanal talents. With live music setting the scene, you can shop for handcrafted goods or savour homemade delights.

Castlewellan Farmer's Market

Held on the second Monday of each month, Castlewellan Farmer's Market is an opportunity to meet some of the finest food producers and artisans. There’s also have a biannual Castlewellan Fair, held in May and November with street art and musical performances.

Causeway Speciality Market

Outdoor market stalls set up in a square in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Causeway speciality market

The Causeway Speciality Market is a vibrant and diverse market in the heart of Coleraine Town Hall. Operating on the second Saturday of each month, with additional markets from April through December, there's emphasis on local production and artisanal quality.

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