Dublin Food Co-Op
12 Newmarket, Dublin 8
I regularly go to the Co-Op's Sunday markets where you can find a whole array of things that you don't necessarily need but you definitely want. My vices tend to be Tina Turner records but you can get loads of bric-a-brac for your house, vintage clothes, jewelry, artisan coffee and delicious cakes.
The market is open on Thursdays and Saturdays too with plenty of fruit and veg on sale as well as dry foods.
The first Sunday of every month hosts the Vintage Fair
The second Sunday sees Fusion Sundays
The third Sunday you'll find the Brocante Market
The last Sunday of every month sees the Dublin Flea Market taking over
What has it got?
Seating: At the café part of the market, there are tables with moveable chair but it mostly has picnic tables with fixed benches which can be difficult for a wheelchair user to use.
Doors: All of the doors are kept open here but they are all very wide.
Ground: Concrete/painted concrete
Stairs: Wherever there are steps, there is also a ramp. The entrance is flat.
Bathrooms: They have a wheelchair bathroom which is very big. There is a baby changing area in here too but it doesn't take up too much room.
Spaciousness: The market tends to fill up very quickly so it can be tough to deal with the crowds between the stalls.
Helpfulness of Staff: The stall owners will accommodate you in their own way but you are sort of left to your own devices here.
Parking: There is free parking every Sunday but it can be tough to find a free space. I have yet to find a specific wheelchair parking spot here but if I park on the edge of a row of cars, I can get my chair in and out easily. If there is a wheelchair parking spot there somewhere, it is well hidden.
Why did it lose points? Other than a lack of specific wheelchair parking, the only difficulties here are caused when it is very busy with people. Otherwise, everything in place at the Co-Op is practically perfect.