Inside Dublin’s Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market

Open House Dublin

Open House Dublin took place from October 17th to 19th, 2014 and showcased over 100 amazing locations around the city. Presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, this event featured places like the former residence of the Guinness family, Farmleigh House, the Airbnb and Yelp HQs, and even the US Embassy.

Of all the options, I was most intrigued by one Victorian building I’d passed many times before: the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market. Dating back to 1892, this building is still running as a wholesale market — usually open before we’re awake to notice!

I was thrilled to learn that the Dublin City Council is in the process of upgrading this amazing space and plans to open it to the public as a retail food market, one similar to Borough Market in London. This is at least a year away, but after seeing the plans they have for the site, I’m sure it will be worth the wait!

Here is the main entrance to the building, with the city’s coat of arms supported by two female statues at the top.

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This is the inside of the market, where you can see the progress of stripping an repainting the ceiling. The white colour is new, and the brown colour dates back to the 1950s.

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  1. October 21, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    It is a beautiful building! I bet it will be wonderful when the upgrade is complete.

  2. October 21, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Oh, it is a wonderful building! I love Victorian architecture.

  3. October 22, 2014 / 10:24 am

    I love a good food market – one in a lovely old historic building gets even more ticks. I have always wanted to visit Ireland (esp. Dublin); there seems so much to like. Is their foodie scene wonderful? Cheers

    • Olivia
      October 22, 2014 / 8:01 pm

      I love the food here! The great thing about the city being smaller is you start to feel like you know a few great places. I’ve got a list of my favourite Dublin restaurants so a blog post should be in the works in future!

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