I am going to Ireland for a week or for two weeks, what should I do, where should I go? What should I see? I get these questions a lot by my friends. I love to answer them, because Ireland is just a fantastic country to travel to. Of course, there are the big attractions on people’s bucket lists, like the Cliffs of Moher, visiting Dublin, drinking Galway or heading out to one of the many islands. That’s all so brilliant and I have done all that plenty of times (Hello St Paddy’s Day ’11 in Galway – no more memories left to share I’m afraid…) I am somewhat hesitate though to recommend visiting Cork City to people, because it’s actually quite the shithole. But, the city does grow on you. Anyway, that’s what happened to me. So much indeed, that one day I packed my bags, moved to Cork and did my Masters at UCC (University College Cork) and still return to the city at least once a year. So, get my free Cork travel guide and start exploring!
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The Idaho’s rhubarb pie is my go-to.
You get the best scones of the county at the English Market.
Cork travel guide
A travel guide for foodies and urban explorers
I could do a post with pubs alone, but where is the fun in that? Loads of shopping and eating good food shouldn’t be left out. In terms of traditional sightseeing, St. Anne’s Church with its Shandon Bells, Cork City Gaol or St Fin Barre’s Cathedral are all worth a visit. A little further out (plan a day-trip for each) Blarney Castle is on most bucket lists, as well as visiting picturesque fisherman villages Cobh or Kinsale. Also great fun is a Whiskey tasting at the James Distillery in Middleton.
- The English Market 41 Princes St, Centre, Cork
This foodie loves a good local market! Opens at 8 am (closed on Sundays) and visited by locals and tourists alike. Juicy fruit, fresh fish, good meat, bread and your fair staple of organic and vegan treats. Head there early for the best selection. The bread stall in the centre of the market is just divine. Best scones in the county.
- Garnish House Hotel 18 Western Rd, Mardyke, Cork
Plenty of hotels in Cork, no doubt about that. This charming place lies in a quieter area of the city and its breakfast is just fantastic. Great hospitality and good value. What’s not to like? In case you want to stay for at least a week and like your own place, UCC is renting out student accommodation apartments during the summer and the price/value is fab!
- The Cornstore Restaurant 40A Cornmarket St, Centre, Cork
It’s quite tricky to find a good bar for cocktails. The Cornstore makes fabulous ones. And they carry about 20 gins. Double win. Oh and the food is absolutely brilliant too. Reservations are good thing. They also do good-value early birds.
- Electric 41 South Mall St, Centre, Cork City, Co. Cork, Irland
Fabulous food and friendly staff. Really nice vegan dinner choices as well and those are hard to come by in Cork.
- Idaho Cafe Caroline St, Centre, Cork
The lovely folks at the Idaho serve superbe coffee and the best rhubarb pie in the county.
- Cork Coffee Roasters 2 French Church St, Centre, Cork
Excellent coffee and good cakes. Always worth a stop between all that shopping of yours.
- Franciscan Well Brewery 14 N Mall, Sunday’s Well, Cork
Lovely place for a pint. The Rebel Red is the Locals’s choice, beside a pint of Murphy’s of course.
- An Spailpin Fanach 29 S Main St, Centre, Cork
That pub is a Cork legend. Cozy, dark and quiet. Except when a good session is throwing lively polkas around. It also hosts the Cork Singer’s Club which usually meets upstairs every Sunday evening. I strongly recommend to sit in an listen to the old songs and stories of Cork.
- Sin é 8 Coburg St, Shandon, Cork
Another watering hole for locals, tourists and music lovers. The Sin é regularly hosts authentic and lively Trad (Traditional Irish music) session.
- Fitzgerald’s Park Mardyke, Cork
Escape the city buzz for a wee while and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Fitzgerald Park.
- The Workshop Cork Ballygarvan, Lios Cross, Upper Ballygarven, Co. Cork
This quirky place is a situated outside the city centre, close to the Cork airport. They don’t say Tea at the end of the runway for nothing. Good food and excellent cakes makes well up for your travel time.
Check out all spots (and more!) on my Google map!
Did you know that you can download my Cork map to your Google Maps app? Never miss another hotspot again, sweet huh? Just klick the square icon on the top right of the map. Let’s start exploring!
Lovely vegan treats at the Hungry Crow, English Market
University College Cork, my alma mater.
The Workshop, charming place out by the airport
Or a Murphy’s when your down South.
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Hi, I’m Jennifer. I create sweet vegan recipes and take semi-messy photos of food. I’m always hunting for good places to eat and where to go to for my next cup of Oat Latte. A supermarket is usually the first place I visit in a foreign place. I created Miss Walter’s so that you can wow your vegan an non-vegan friends alike with decadently delicious vegan recipes. Also, I’ll share my favourite foodie spots from my travels with you.