County Cork Sights



English Market

English Market Review

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. Iago, Sean Calder-Potts's deli, has fresh pasta, lots of cheeses, and charcuterie. 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Entrances on Grand Parade and Princes St., City Center South, Cork City, Co. Cork | Map It
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9:30–5:30
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  • Location: Cork City
Updated: 04-10-2013

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