Top ChoiceMuseum in Cork City

Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol

This imposing former prison is well worth a visit, if only to get a sense of how awful life was for prisoners a century ago. An audio tour (€2 extra) guides you around the restored cells, which feature models of...

Top ChoiceMarket in Cork City

English Market

English Market

The English Market – so called because it was set up in 1788 by the Protestant or ‘English’ corporation that then controlled the city (there was once an Irish Market nearby) – is a true gem, with its ornate...

Top ChoiceInternational in Cork City

Nash 19

A superb bistro and deli where locally sourced food is honoured at breakfast and lunch, either sit-in or take away. Fresh scones draw crowds early; daily lunch specials (soups, salads, desserts etc), free-range...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in Cork City


A contender for best restaurant in town of any genre, Paradiso serves contemporary vegetarian dishes, including vegan fare: how about corn pancakes filled with leek, parsnip and Dunmanus cheese with fennel-caper...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoicePub in Cork City

Sin É

You could easily spend an entire day at this place, which is everything a craic-filled pub should be – long on atmosphere and short on pretension (Sin É means 'that's it!'). There's music every night from 6.30pm...

Top ChoiceIrish 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 roast hake with wild garlic velouté, or beetroot, walnut and feta...

Top ChoiceOpera 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, pop concerts and puppet shows. Around the...

Top ChoicePub in Cork City

Franciscan Well Brewery

The copper vats gleaming behind the bar give the game away: the Franciscan Well brews its own beer (and has done since 1998). The best place to enjoy it is in the enormous beer garden at the back. The pub holds...

Top ChoicePub in Cork City

Mutton Lane Inn

Tucked down the tiniest of alleys off St Patrick's St, this inviting pub, lit by candles and fairy lights, is one of Cork's most intimate drinking holes. It's minuscule, so try to get in early to bag the snug, or...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Cork City

Triskel Arts Centre

A fantastic cultural centre housed partly in a renovated church building. Expect a varied program of live music, visual art, photography and theatre at this intimate venue. There's also a cinema (from 6.30pm) and...

Gallery in Cork City

Crawford Art Gallery

Cork's public gallery houses a small but excellent permanent collection covering the 17th century through to the modern day, though the works on display change from year to year. Highlights include paintings by...

Japanese in Cork City


Here's something you don't see every day – a takeaway food joint run by a Michelin-starred chef! You can sample Takashi Miyazaki's superb dishes – the menu includes sushi rolls, donburi (rice bowls with your...

Japanese in Cork City

Ichigo Ichie

More theatre than restaurant, this bold venture by chef Takashi Miyazaki immerses diners in the art and craft of Japanese kappou cuisine – an elaborate multicourse meal prepared and plated by the chef as you...

Vintage in Cork City

Village Hall

Village Hall

This Aladdin’s cave is stuffed to the brim with unusual vintage clothing, vinyl records, eclectic furniture and assorted oddities. Despite being full of knick-knacks to browse through, it maintains a stylish...

Wine Bar in Cork City

Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy

Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy

This unusual wine bar's former life as a pharmacy has been lovingly preserved – the window displays are full of vintage cosmetics and memorabilia. The staff are knowledgeable and always happy to recommend a wine...

Pub in Cork City

The Oval

The Oval

Come early to grab the seats by the crackling open fire, but even if you’re not lucky this time round, it’s still a great place to park for a few hours with the perfect pint of stout, enjoying the buzzing...

Teahouse in Cork City

Tara's Tea Room

Tara's Tea Room

You’ll search long and hard to find a cuter cafe in Ireland than this place. The vintage decor manages to be kitsch yet charming and food is served on vintage china plates. Good for a meal or just a freshly made...

Diner in Cork City

Liberty Grill

A gleaming white outpost on an otherwise drab street of brick facades, the Liberty Grill is popular for its locally sourced menu of crowd pleasers, such as traditional breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, salads and...

Tapas in Cork City

Feed Your Senses

Feed Your Senses

This tiny tapas restaurant may be a bit cramped and cluttered but that only adds to the sense you're getting a home-cooked meal made with love. A great wine selection and flavoursome dishes make it an authentic...