7 Local Places To Shop For Good Food This Weekend - The Gloss Magazine

7 Local Places To Shop For Good Food This Weekend

Skip the supermarket this weekend and head to one of these top notch food stores for a visual and edible extravaganza …

The Hopsack, Rathmines

An oldie but definitely a goodie, The Hopsack has been championing the health food movement since 1979, long before it was trending. These days, the next generation of the Murray Family have taken the helm, bringing The Hopsack well and truly into the 21st century with their vast selection of organic fruit and vegetables, breads from Tartine and Fumbally Ferments, dairy-free and meat-free produce. They also stock eco-clothing and household goods and operate a minimal waste scheme. Plus, they make their own peanut butter and deliver organic veg boxes to your door. Enough said. www.thehopsack.ie 

Higgins Butchers, Sutton

With so much emphasis on where our meat comes from and how animals are treated, it’s more important than ever to source top quality meat, and that’s exactly what you get in Higgins Butchers. Rick Higgins has become something of a celeb in food circles and the publication of his book, And For Mains with Gaz of Michaels fame didn’t hurt one bit. Apart from a staggering array of meat (including Japanese wagyu beef), the fridges and shelves are stocked with a wide selection of delicious goodies along with a range of Hardcore Carnivore rubs by Aussie (now Texas-based) BBQ queen, Jess Pryles. The famous handmade sausages (the spicy Italian ones are a favourite) are perfect for BBQ weather and the staff here really know their stuff. www.higginsbutchers.ie 

Fallon & Byrne, Dublin 2

It would probably be accurate to declare that Fallon & Byrne has close to everything you could ever need as a food lover or seasoned home cook. The selection of fruit, vegetables, breads and niche pantry items is second to none and time loses all meaning while wandering these aisles of endless goodies. The cheese counter is particularly impressive and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Add to that the great wine cellar and the coffee shop and it really is foodie heaven. Plus, they deliver nationwide. A word of caution however, you could easily spend a hefty portion of a week’s wages here and more worryingly, have zero regrets. www.fallonandbyrne.com 

Cavistons Food Emporium, Glasthule

There is something about the word ‘emporium’ that conjures up a vision of a magical, Willy Wonka-esque shop and on this occasion it is well deserved. While Cavistons is a one-stop-shop for all your culinary needs, it’s the fish and seafood that draws people in the door. That and the superb new seafood restaurant a couple of doors up. With over 60 years’ experience in the industry, Cavistons is the go-to for Blasket Island crabmeat, wild mussels from Galway or wild silver hake from Donegal. The choices are endless and the staff make shopping here a pleasure. www.cavistons.com 

The Asia Market, Dublin 2

In Dublin since 1981, the Asia Market is going from strength to strength. Desperately in need of some Gochujang or Potato Flour for that recipe you have been dying to try? This is the place for you. Along with their huge selection of Asian pantry staples you will find a quirky collection of table decorations, cookbooks and of course, chopsticks. Best of all, it’s reasonably priced, plus, should you be opposed to hauling that 10kg bag of rice home with you, they deliver too. www.asiamarket.ie 

The Butler’s Pantry, various locations

With nine stores in the Dublin area, The Butler’s Pantry is the go-to foodie pit stop for those too time poor to cook while still wanting a quality meal. All of their dishes are handmade with a range of sides to suit any mood. Each of their stores has a truly neighbourhood feel with staff on first name terms with many of the regulars. Add to that the delicious cakes, the ‘I swear I made it myself’ catering, the authentic breads and a great range of artisan produce and it’s easy to see why the brand has become such a success. www.thebutlerspantry.ie 

Lilliput Stores, Stoneybatter

Stoneybatter is having a moment, that’s for sure. Over the past few years, a variety of excellent bars, restaurants and street food vendors have opened their doors but Lilliput Stores has been somewhat of a mainstay since launching in 2007. Describing itself as a greengrocers, deli and coffee shop, at its heart it is a local store selling produce with an emphasis on quality, taste and provenance. Their sandwiches are moreish and Lilliput Stores is hugely involved in the local neighbourhood which only adds to the intimate feel. www.lilliputstores.com 

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