Old English Market/City Market, Cork

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. Take a look at our Cork route planner to schedule your visit to Old English Market/City Market and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • The best place in city center to find fresh and genuine food. You gotta pay a little extra for quality though. Fish is particularly expensive . Unfortunately it seems that hygiene is not a priority though. Be careful.
  • Great market selling stuff you cannot get anywhere else in cork. I don’t know why there are so many tourists as they usually don’t cook themselves! You can also use it as a shortcut as there are multiple entrances connecting parts of the city center. Great during rainy days 😊
  • If you like fresh markets you'll like this place. Plenty of fresh meat, seafood and produce. For tourists who aren't able to cook, there's bakeries and cafes and sandwiches you can pick up for quick bites as well as a couple souvenir things. Prices are reasonable and not overly inflated.
  • Visited on Tuesday: it is a charming market, a little small compared to others I have visited, but nonetheless a pleasant visit. The market was not crowded when I visited, and the selection of meats is a sight to behold. A couple of bakery and cake shops are also present, and the chocolate shop in particular looked extremely tempting. Upon recommendation, I had some grilled sausages and potatoes which was fabulous and whetted my appetite.
  • A Foodies Paradise.. Fresh local produce for all your eating requirements sold in a historic market. Nice cafes also with an award winning restaurant upstairs which has an overview of the market.

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Where to stay in Cork

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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