Retro Dublin


I go looking for a vintage fix…


Dublin may be poorer in antiques and vintage fare than its European sisters, but you can stop daydreaming about Parisian flea markets right now. With an established arts and antiques quarter on Francis Street and new fleamarkets and vintage fairs popping up every year, we have a lot going on, and it’s only getting better. Read on for THE list of fab flea markets in the capital…

The Co-Op, 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8 is at the heart of all things retro in South Dublin City, with three events every month.

The Brocante, third Sunday of every month. Head here for great retro pieces and cool handmades. Kirk Modern and Trentanove Lighting both have stands here.

The Dublin Flea Market, the last Sunday of every month. Prepare to root, haggle and uncover hidden gems. Local artists create gorgeous posters for each market, which you can pick up for just €5. And will you look at these posters?

Ha’Penny Flea, every Saturday at The Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. A fun mish mash of clothes, accessories, grub and homewares.

Merchants Market, Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin 3, weekends and some weekdays. Arrive early on a Saturday morning for the real treasures, as they go fast. Great for vintage crockery and a proper car boot buzz. (Gone for a few months at the moment, except for the one shop, but set to return soon.)1_Merchants_market

Blackrock Market, open every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday, Blackrock Village, Co. Dublin. Books, bric-a-brac, ethnic art, handmades, buns in all shapes, and the odd bit of large furniture. It’s fun to visit even if you don’t buy anything; there are delicious Lebanese food, Carribean nibbles and Italian sweets to be had most weekends.

Partial to the odd nostalgic purchase? Can you recommend a good vintage shop? Here’s my list.


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