Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane
If you happen to be walking down Lord Edward Street in the middle of Dublin’s Temple Bar you may pass a little alleyway called Cow’s Lane and if it is a Saturday morning you may have stumbled upon the designer market there. This is one of those ultra trendy markets that you have to be in the know to know about.
The narrow street is stuffed with stalls from independent designers, many of them local, hawking their own handmade items with everything from bowls and bracelets to hats and handbags. If you are looking for a little something uniquely Irish to remind yourself of your trip to Dublin, or you are just in the mood for a little shopping, then the designer clothes, watches and jewellery, metalwork and leatherwork will be right up your street.
Luckily, the market opens up for business at a perfectly reasonable 10am and even if you can’t quite make it out by lunchtime, don’t worry as it doesn’t close until 5pm. The Designer Mart is part of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and nestles cosily into Cow’s Lane, a street already full of fashionable shops – a shopper’s paradise!
As it is in the heart of the Old City you will have no trouble finding somewhere to refresh yourself after a morning’s hard shopping. How about a huge Irish breakfast to set you up for the day? Try Queen of Tarts on Cow’s Lane.
For a tasty mid-morning snack and coffee try The Larder on Parliament Street. They also do fantastic evening meals if you feel in the need of something more substantial – they are known for their perfectly cooked steaks. Alternatively, The Elephant & Castle on Temple Bar is a cosy little spot and if you have spent most of your pennies in the market this place won’t be too hard on your pocket.