Hidden away at the west end of the gaudy Temple Bar area in what is known as ‘the Old City’, you will find a true gem.
The Cow’s lane Designer market appears here every Saturday and attracts the more investigative tourist, being as it is hidden away in this small cultural enclave. On show you will find some of the best new Irish and International designers selling their mostly handmade wares. Everything here is unique and so the complete opposite of the other end of Temple Bar!
Stalls selling such items as the distinctive unique pottery of Colm De Ris or the beautiful jewelry of the ‘Trinket Box’ stall – where most of the items are one off pieces created from a myriad of unusual and beautiful materials or Fab Cow design – the evocative artwork of Francis Leavey, to name but a few. There is so much more for you to discover – beautifully imagined pieces from ceramics to knitwear to jewellry.
A stroll through the market is a pleasurable experience and this is where you can find that quintessential and unique Irish treasure to bring home – certainly not in the gaudy gift shops selling leprechaun hats and bodhrans of which Dublin has it’s fair share.
Cow’s lane itself and the ‘Old city’ in general are home to some wonderfully interesting design shops, independent boutiques and tasty cafes. So heading down early on a Saturday and whiling away the day in the market and it’s environs would be a day well spent.