How to shop ethically in Cork

Cork’s locals refer to this beautiful city as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. It’s a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan place full of colour and it’s the perfect destination for a holiday for all the family.  The best of the city is still happily traditional – cozy pubs with live-music sessions, restaurants serving top-quality local produce, and vintage thrift stores with the best selection of clothing from t-shirts to bridal dresses. See what we found in Cork!

The Fair Alternative


The Fair Alternative is Cork’s Craft Market with a great selection of Art, Crafts, Fashion, Body products, Jewellery & more. Hosted in one of Cork’s Heritage building in Princess street, the friendly atmosphere is a great way to spend a weekend for shopping one of a kind pieces.

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Visit the location at the Princes Street Church, Cork, Ireland

Brocade and Lime


Brocade and Lime is a slice of vintage and retro glamour. Sourced worldwide From Costa-Rica to Moscow, they seek modern designers who have brazenly pillaged the past for inspiration – Collections have been designated to decades from the ‘art decadent’ 20’s to the ‘psychedelic’ 70s!!! You can also find the best in inspired footwear and millinery. The store location also features a hidden courtyard that holds a retro beauty parlour where your hair and makeup can be styled to the past era of your choosing.


Visit them at 4 Cornmarket Street, Cork

Miss Daisy Blue

1521531_10152111395214857_1537999865_nLaunched in 2009, this charming store is located in the English Market in Cork City, and has two storeys brimming with beautiful, one-off pieces. Beautiful Original Vintage dresses from the 1930s right through to the 1980s, including vintage menswear and Vintage bridal by appointment.


Visit their location at Unit 12-14, Market Parade, 53 Patrick Street, Cork, Ireland

Mother Jones Flea Market

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Mother Jones Flea Market is a well established market in the heart of Cork City Centre. Based in unique Thompson House on York Street, just off McCurtain St the market provides a plethora of antique, vintage, and retro clothing, furniture, books, jewels. records, fabulous funky household items and creative local crafts.
Market includes local food from the cafe. Music, Entertainment and Love.

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Image Source: Yelp


Image Source: Yelp

Visit Mother Jones flea market at Corner of McCurtain St. & York St., Cork Ireland

Mercury Goes Retrograde

11221582_10153202609932405_4885588325684991866_nMercury goes retrograde is a vintage store with handpicked vintage clothing for men and women. Most clothing pieces are from the  50s to 80s from casual T-shirts and sweatshirts to formal maxi dresses and furs galore!


Visit Mercury goes retrograde at No. 19c Drawbridge Street

Bella Bleu


Bella Bleu is Cork’s first Vintage and Vintage Inspired specialist Bridal Boutique. They stock exquisite vintage dresses from the 1920’s to 1970’s all beautifully cleaned and restored sourced from all over the world from New York to Paris and new made-to-measure dresses from original vintage patterns tailored exclusively for brides.

Visit Bella Bleu at  1st Floor, 17 French Church St (above Amity Boutique) Cork City, Ireland.

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