Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Cork City

Farmgate Cafe

An unmissable experience at the heart of the English Market, the Farmgate is perched on a balcony overlooking the food stalls below, the source of all that fresh local produce on your plate – everything from crab an…
Top Choice Pub in Cork City

Sin É

You could easily while away an entire day at this great old place, which is every thing a craic-filled pub should be – long on atmosphere and short on pretension (Sin É means 'that's it!'). There's music most nights…
Top Choice Irish in Cork City

Market Lane

It’s always hopping at this bright corner bistro. The menu is broad and hearty, changing to reflect what’s fresh at the English Market: perhaps braised ox cheek in ale, or smoked haddock with bacon and cabbage? No r…
Top Choice Market in Cork City

English Market

It could just as easily be called the Victorian Market for its ornate vaulted ceilings and columns, but the English Market is a true gem, no matter what you name it. Scores of vendors sell some of the regions's very…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Cork City

Cafe Paradiso

A contender for best restaurant in town of any genre, Paradiso serves contemporary vegetarian dishes, including vegan fare: how about sweet chilli–glazed pan-fried tofu with Asian greens in tamarind and coconut brot…
Modern Irish in Cork City

Jacques Restaurant

Sisters Jacqueline and Eithne Barry draw on a terrific network of local suppliers that they've built up over three decades to help them realise their culinary ambitions – the freshest Cork food cooked simply, withou…
Pub in Cork City

An Spailpín Fánac

'The Wandering Labourer' really clings to its old-fashioned atmosphere, with exposed brickwork, stone-flagged floors, snug corners and open fires. There are good trad-music sessions most nights.
Opera in Cork City

Cork Opera House

Given a modern makeover in the 1990s, this leading venue has been entertaining the city for more than 150 years with everything from opera and ballet to stand-up comedy and puppet shows. Around the back, the Half Mo…
Spectator Sport in Cork City

Curraheen Greyhound Park

If you tire of the pubs, the live music and the theatre, there's always the dogs. Greyhound racing is big in Ireland, particularly with families, and Curraheen is one of the country's poshest stadiums. There are 10 …
Theatre in Cork City

Everyman Theatre

Acclaimed musical and dramatic productions are the main bill here, but there's also the occasional comedy act or live band (it's a great venue for gigs that require a little bit of respectful silence).