Old English Market/City Market, Cork

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Beloved by the people of Cork for centuries, Old English Market/City Market has recently gained popularity for its multicultural vendors selling international foods. Though a market has been on this site since 1788, the current structure didn't open until the 19th century. This market has always been known for its fish and butchers, which provide ingredients to many of the area's best restaurants. Stroll through through the space, talk with locals, and purchase some fresh produce or other goods along the way. See Old English Market/City Market and all Cork has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cork trip generator.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It's a traditional place with a unique appeal of organic farming products along with original meat & fish stalls, fresh bread, variety of Cheese etc ... Plenty to view and it's a nice experience to wa...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Love strolling around the market and seeing all the stalls. The fish, meat and produce are stellar and the vendors are fab. Great atmosphere.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Quaint little market. Not artisan by any means, just a market. There are a few specialist shops, but for the majority it's just a regular market.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    I really like this place, but be warned it is sometimes billed as a tourist attraction when on fact it is a proper working indoor market, and used very much by locals. For coffee and a sandwich I recommend The Sandwich Stall, or for a more substantial lunch, The Farmgate on the first floor. Lots of exits and entrances to choose from. A foodies paradise. Well worth a visit
  • June 15, 2017
    The English Market is phenomenal. You can find such a variety of things here from homemade soaps to sushi-to-go. There's fresh produce and baked goods. It's absolutely worth a visit.
  • June 6, 2017
    What an amazing experience! The food was terrific and the people so kind and helpful. My one complaint is there there is no seating. There was one restaurant area upstairs but you weren't allowed to eat any of the food you had purchased from downstairs.....only from their menu. We left the market and went to sit by the water to eat. It was raining before long and back in we went. A few benches for old, arthritic folks would be a kindness.
  • June 20, 2017
    Absolute must see for tourists passing through Cork, and an absolute must for locals who want to shop for the highest quality produce. The English Market is beautiful and filled with delicious food from all over Europe. Make sure you have a coffee and butter and bread pudding at the Farmgate with the view over the heart of the market!
  • June 9, 2017
    Its a good place for shopping for sure. However for visitors there are more interesting places to visit. People work there trying to sell their goods and tourists just create an artificial crowd.

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A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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