Places like The Markets in Killarney. I discovered The Markets today and I only wish it were in Dingle instead of in Killarney (which is more than an hour's drive away). Newly opened on New Market Lane in the heart of the town, I'm willing to bet that it will be a great success.
And do you know why I'm willing to bet that? It's because it has the emphasis just right. It's all about the food and letting the quality and value of that food speak for itself.
This food includes the freshest fruit and vegetables, Benoit Lorge's handmade chocolates and pastries, cheeses and wines from Manning's Emporium, fresh breads, fabulous Irish produce such as Glenilen yoghurts and Glenisk organic milk and the finest ingredients from the greatest food-producing countries in the world, particularly Italy and France.
I spoke to some of the staff there and all of them are very ambitious for The Markets. They want to stock more of the foods that make Ireland, and especially this part of southwest Ireland, special. Already, they stock (wonderful) seaweed products made by Olivier Beaujouan of The Wild Side, who has a stall at Dingle Farmers' Market. And because they only opened last Thursday, they are still in the process of sourcing new ingredients and making connections with new producers. I can't wait to see what they have on my next visit.
New Market Lane,
Opening hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat: 9am to 7pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm