Food Shopping

1. Wholefood Markets

2. Health Stores

3. Price Conscious Shopping

4. Online Shopping

Information below is accurate as of July 2012 but please click on the links below for up-to-date opening hours.

1. Wholefood Markets

Dublin Food Co-Op, 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8: Organic groceries, veg, fruit, eco-cleaners, wine & cheese, breads, extensive grocery section plus café. This is the biggest and the best of the wholefood markets and has a vast range of produce. Prices for organic are better in many cases than big-brand supermarket non-organic produce. If you wish to change to a natural wholefood diet this is a great place to shop. It is member-owned – visitors are encouraged, after several visits, to join to avail of extra discounts on grocery produce.

Sat 9.30-4.30 plus partial opening on Thursday, Friday and certain Sundays.

Super Natural Food Market, St. Andrews Resource Centre Pearse Street, Dublin 2:
Organic groceries, veg, meat, eco-cleaners & more. Sat 9.30-3.30

Kinneden Organics, Drumod, Co. Leitrim,

The Organic Garden and Paradise Garden in The English Market, Cork,

Sligo Farmers Market,

The Organic Supermarket, Blackrock Main St (near the Post office), Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Good wholefood store that also sells fresh organic fruit and vegetables as well as eco-products. M-F 8-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6, Shop online for next day delivery too.

Google organic or farmers markets for further markets near you.

See “Other Food Outlets” section below for information on price-conscious shopping.

2. Health Stores

Many of these stores are Dublin-based but there are very many great, independent health shops around Ireland. Just google health shops in your county to find some.

The outlets below are ones I know to stock a high proportion of good quality products.

Down to Earth, 73 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2. Large health store with a very large range of wholefoods, eco-products and supplements.

Health Matters. Branches: Bray, Grafton St and Liffey St in Dublin City Centre, Walkinstown. Good selection of wholefoods, eco-products and supplements.

Nourish. Branches throughout Dublin at: Wicklow St, Donnybrook, Liffey St, GPO Arcade, Nutgrove/Rathfarnham and Santry. Good selection of wholefoods, eco-products and supplements. Also has an online shop.

The Health Store. Branches in Dublin: Arklow, Blackrock, , Blanchardstown, Bray, Kilkenny, Dundrum, Liffey Valley, Stillorgan, Swords, Tallaght A large selection of natural wholefoods, eco-products and high quality supplement brands. Check for details.

3. Price-Conscious Shopping – Other Outlets

In this era of recession, people might not always be able to buy natural, chemical-free organic produce. Minimise your spend and maximise your food quality with these handy tips.

Asian/Halal shops – great for buying dried or tinned beans or pulses (eg. chickpeas, lentils), frozen vegetables, olive oils, olives, curry pastes, raw nuts/seeds plus herbs and spices. Although not organic, they are a fraction of the price of comparable products in supermarkets.

Asia Market, Drury St, Dublin 2. This large Asian shop is a great place to stock up on basics such as coconut milk, Asian sauces and curry pastes, tinned and dried beans and pulses, brown rice noodles and brown rice, fresh herbs and exotic vegetables and fruit at good prices. It also sells fresh fish and frozen and fresh fish and shellfish at better value prices than most outlets.

Lidl/Aldi are very convenient for certain high quality foods. These are the best:

Breads: 100% rye bread (this is very dark brown in colour and will state rye flour on the ingredient list as the only flour used). Sometimes this is also called pumperknickel bread. It tastes tangy and nicest if toasted.

100% wholemeal McCambridges style (wheat) bread is also acceptable though less nutritious than 100% rye.

Fruit & Veg: Check out their natural frozen berry selections from the freezer cabinet – use to top your porridge for a delicious breakfast.

If buying non-organic leafy vegetables such as lettuces or cabbages, remember to strip off and discard the outer leaves – these are highest in pesticide residues.

Tins: Tinned salmon/tuna (in water rather than oil), tomatoes, kidney beans are good value.

Nuts and Seeds: Unroasted seeds and nuts are now available on the shelves

Grains: Brown rice is now available in some branches

Meat: Opting for low fat is the next best thing to buying organic as the less fatty the meat is the fewer xenobiotics (toxic substances) it is likely to contain.

Try some of these:

Turkey breast fillets/steaks

Organic beef mince or (the next best thing) round steak mince

Frozen lamb cuts

Fish: Good selections of smoked fish as well as fresh or frozen plain (uncrumbed) fish fillets

Dairy: Natural organic low fat yoghurt, reduced fat mozzarella cheese, milk.

Herbal or Green Teas: Great value Rooibosch tea, peppermint and green tea too.

Online Shopping is an online shop run by Irishman John de Courcy from his warehouse in Co. Wicklow. This site is great for those hard-to-get natural products including:

Pure stevia drops and other non-toxic sweetening agents

Organic nuts & seeds (exceptional freshness and quality)

Virgin coconut oils

Raw chocolate

Coconut flour and more

Herbs and spices

A range of non-toxic toiletries


John is also at Dublin Food Co-Op in Dublin city centre on Saturdays