A browse through the aisles of a speciality food store on the hunt for the ingredients to a new recipe is one of life’s great simple pleasures. With so many of us familiar with a wide variety of cuisines in our cosmopolitan, interconnected world, the demand for high-quality speciality food stores has been increasing rapidly.
Thankfully, there are a number of excellent speciality food stores across Dublin, serving up authentic Asian, Mexican, and Italian ingredients, to name a few, as well as luxury food goods.
In this post, we share the 7 best speciality food stores in Dublin in 2022.
Map of Stores
The following map shows the location of every store highlighted in this post:
Asia Market on Drury Street in the centre of Dublin is undoubtedly one of the city’s finest hidden gems. The supermarket is accessed through a small passageway that leads to a large indoor space filled with exotic fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen and chilled food, and a veritable treasure chest of speciality Asian spices and foodstuffs.
Among the items available is an excellent range of sushi provisions, including nori sheets, wasabi, and sushi rice, as well as a huge array of curry pastes and spices. There is also a great line-up of high-quality instant ramen available that would rival that of Japanese or South Korean stores.
However, one of the undisputed pleasures of the supermarket is to be found in simply spending an hour browsing the shelves and marvelling at the items available. For those looking to broaden the horizons of their home cooking, Asia Market is a must-visit.
Location: 18 Drury Street, Dublin
Fallon & Byrne
Source: Fallon & Byrne
Located on Exchequer Street in the city centre of Dublin, Fallon & Byrne food hall specialise in high-quality, luxury food products from all over the world. The food hall has a range of fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and meat, a wide range of artisan coffee, and a plentiful bounty of luxury cakes, biscuits, sweets, and chocolate.
The food hall is housed in a beautifully laid-out Georgian building. There is also a delicatessen and cafe that serve lunch and coffee.
Location: 11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin
Little Italy in Dublin’s Smithfield neighbourhood was the first gourmet Italian food store in Ireland, opening its doors to the Irish public in 1976. The store imports and distributes premium food and drink from all corners of Italy.
As you would imagine, the store has a wide range of pasta, sauces, and other classic Italian ingredients. There is also a range of Italian wines, including red, white, rose, and sparkling wines. In addition to food and drink, the store also stocks cooking utensils such as pizza making equipment for home chefs looking to take their pizzas to the next level.
Location: 139A/140 North King Street, Dublin
Picado Mexican Pantry
Picado Mexican Pantry on Richmond Street South in the city centre is without a doubt the best place in Dublin to pick up ingredients for your next Mexican night. The store has the perfect authentic Mexican ingredients, whether it’s for tortillas, tortas, or enchiladas.
The range of chilies and spices is second to none, and the store is well-stocked with hard to find ingredients such as mole sauce and exotic salsas.
Location: 44A Richmond St South, Saint Peter’s, Dublin
Source: Sheridans Cheesemongers
Sheridans Cheesemongers are famous across the country for the quality and variety of the cheese they sell. Founded by two brothers in Galway in 1995, the company has grown from a single stall selling farmhouse cheeses to a countrywide chain with several permanent locations. The unparalleled range of cheeses on offer includes cow, goat, ewe, and buffalo milk cheeses from a variety of countries, including Ireland.
In addition to cheese, they also stock an assortment of chutneys, jams, crackers, and wine. In short, Sheridans Cheesemongers is a one stop shop for any cheese lovers in the capital.
Location: 11 Anne St South, Dublin
Listons Food Store
Situated on Dublin’s hip Camden Street, Listons Food Store specialises in high-quality, luxury foodstuffs, including charcuterie, cheese, and wine. The store also has a fresh grocery range and delicatessen.
The store is known for focusing on a particular food range every month, which includes information sessions and promotions on the choice of the month.
Location: 25/26 Lower Camden Street, Dublin
Source: Donnybrook Fair
The name Donnybrook Fair has long been a byword for high-quality groceries and delicatessen treats in Dublin. The chain of speciality food shops and delicatessens stock a wide range of Irish and international luxury food and drink.
The stores also serve up their own brand of packaged ready meals for those looking for convenient, tasty food to take home.
Location: 13 Baggot Street, Dublin