Our guide to some of the best places to eat in Cork 3 years ago

Our guide to some of the best places to eat in Cork

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Colin Harmon told us why Cork will certainly make short work of an empty stomach.


If there's one bad thing about heading down to Cork for a weekend, it's not knowing where to go for food. That isn't from a lack of good restaurants, in fact it's more to do with the fact that there are simply too many to even scratch the surface.

From Michilin Star dining to fresh fish n' chips, Cork has the best of it all. If you're thinking about popping down to the Rebel County, MINI Ireland is currently offering you the chance to enjoy a 48-hour test drive of their latest cars.

After already showing us some of the best places to eat in Galway, renowned barista and writer Colin Harmon filled us in on what Cork has to offer.

English Market


I’ve lived in Dublin most of my life but I was born in Cork in what used to be a small town on the outskirts of the city called Carrigaline. I still vividly remember the short drive into the city to visit the English Market with my mother and dancing in the streams and puddles flowing from the fish counters while she rummaged around the fruit stalls and butcher counters.

One of the gems of the Market is the Farm Gate restaurant, perched on the balcony overlooking the market and sourcing nearly all of its offering from the stalls below. It’s not complicated food, just really fresh, simple and seasonal. A real example of what good Irish food should be.

Idaho Cafe

Around the corner on Caroline Street you’ll find the institution that is Idaho Cafe, run by Mairéad and Richard Jacob. Their breakfasts are legendary in the city and they are fastidious about the produce they use, even growing some on their own land outside the city.




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If you’re going to drive to Cork you have to take a spin out to Kinsale, the original culinary destination in Ireland. All the old favourites like Man Friday, The Blue Haven and The Black Pig are still going strong but my favourite place to pop into is Fishy Fishy. A really great selection of freshly caught fish run by the always affable Martin Shanahan.


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