Food lovers (and, who, pray, isn't?): be sure to make a beeline for one of the misleadingly small entrances to this large and famous mecca for foodies. Fetchingly housed in an elaborate, brick-and-cast-iron Victorian building, such is the fame of the English Market that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth insisted on an impromptu walkabout here on her historic first visit to Ireland in May 2011. Among the 140 stalls, keep an eye out for the Alternative Bread Co., which produces
more than 40 varieties of handmade bread every day. Tom Durcan's Meats Ltd sells vaccuum-packed local specialties including spiced beef and dry aged beef. The Olive Stall sells olive oil, olive-oil soap, and olives from Greece, Spain, France, and Italy. Kay O'Connell's Fish Stall, in the legendary fresh-fish alley, purveys local smoked salmon. O'Reilly's Tripe and Drisheen is the last existing retailer of a Cork specialty, tripe (cow's stomach), and drisheen (blood sausage). Upstairs is the Farmgate, an excellent café.