Cork's food scene is reason enough to visit the city. Dozens of restaurants and cafes make the most of County Cork's rightly famous local produce, ranging from beef and pork to seafood and dairy, while the renowned English Market – a cornucopia of fine food – is a national treasure. Well-established places like Nash 19 showcase the best of Irish produce, while newcomer Ichigo Ichie has added top-end Japanese cuisine to an already heady mix.

Huguenot Quarter

The narrow, nearly lightless pedestrianised streets north of St Patrick's St – dubbed the Huguenot Quarter, for its association with French Protestant refugees who settled here in the 17th century – throng with cafes and restaurants, and the place hops day and night. A plethora of options await. All have outside tables and many serve till late, so the best advice is go for a wander and find somewhere that suits your mood and budget.