For a long time, Cork has boasted itself as Ireland’s gourmet capital!
As a former European City of Culture, Cork is a leading example of how to marry European-style cuisine with seasonal local produce. So while you plan your next city break to Cork, keep in mind that our city offers dining to please everyone with a large selection of neighborhood cafés, bistros, street food, and Michelin-star restaurants.
Cork Food Markets
We recommend that our guests take in a visit to Cork’s English Market. This 18th century covered market is a foodie’s heaven! Visitors have a large selection of stalls and we recommend sampling some of the market’s famous produce including Tripe, Drisheen, and Spiced Beef.
Marina Market Cork is an 8-minute walk away from Clayton Hotel Cork City. This new street food style market which is mostly open at weekends and is the perfect weekend stroll on route to Cork’s pedestrianised Marina.
Princes Street is a European-style pedestrianised zone for the spring & summer months. Many of this street’s cafes offer outdoor dining featuring the best of Cork Produce in a tapas-style.
You can try any one of Cork city’s Michelin recommended and starred restaurants. Goldie on Oliver Plunkett Street which is a casual style fish bistro, Ichigo Ichie on Sheares Street offers Japanese haute-cuisine as Chef Miyazaki treats guests to a multi-course tasting menu.
Further afield, Chestnut in Ballydehob, Dede at the Baltimore Customs House, or Bastion in Kinsale offer superb dining with the best of West Cork produce.
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For lunch, we suggest lunch in the Farmgate Café in the English Market offering the perfect seat to watch the market traders working. Good Day Deli is a sustainable café located in the hidden sanctuary of Nano Nagle Place.
Your options for dinner are endless but here are just some of our favorites. Cornstore Restaurant, located on Cornmarket Street specialize in great steaks, quality seafood, and superb cocktails. Cafe Paradiso is an award-winning and iconic vegetarian restaurant that was one of the first of its kind when it opened in 1993. Orso is a small boutique-style restaurant that offers a hearty local menu. Electric is highly regarded as a social spot by Corkonians and offers a great menu featuring a mix of fish and steaks.