Top ChoiceBistro in Kenmare

Boathouse Bistro

At the water's edge, this blue-and-white 1870s boathouse 4.5km west of Kenmare has been stunningly converted to a beach-house-style bistro specialising in local seafood delivered daily to its own wharf. Expertly...

Top ChoiceIrish in Kenmare

Tom Crean Fish & Wine

Named for Kerry's pioneering Antarctic explorer, and run by his granddaughter, this venerable restaurant uses only the best of local organic produce, cheeses and fresh seafood. Sneem lobster is available in...

Irish in Kenmare

No 35

Hand-cut limestone walls, exposed timber beams, stained-glass windows and an open fire set the stage for some of Kenmare's most creative cuisine. All-Irish produce features in dishes like slow-cooked rare...

Irish in Kenmare


Two of Kerry's top restaurateurs helm this stylish, palm-filled spot hidden in a laneway off Henry St. Vermouth-cream chowder with citrus oil, Kerry beef fillet with a parsnip rösti and clove-poached pear with...

Museum in Kenmare

Kenmare Heritage Centre

Kenmare's old courthouse is home to an exhibition telling the history of the town from its origins as Neidín (the little nest), through its establishment as a market town by the Marquis of Lansdowne to the...

Church in Kenmare

Holy Cross Church

Begun in 1862 and consecrated in 1864, this church has a splendid wooden roof with 14 angel carvings. Intricate mosaics adorn the aisle arches and the edges of the stained-glass window over the altar. The...

Bistro in Kenmare


Candlelight and high-backed leather chairs create an intimate atmosphere in Kenmare's best-known restaurant, where chef Bruce Mulcahy weaves his culinary magic with Asian- or Mediterranean-inspired twists on...

Cafe in Kenmare


Cheerful and bustling Jam makes a great breakfast venue, with a menu that includes granola with fruit, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, and scrambled eggs on toast, along with an excellent flat white. There...

Musical Instruments in Kenmare

Soundz of Muzic

Traditional instruments (accordions, harmonicas, banjos, tin whistles and more) are stocked alongside modern ones (including electric fiddles) at this decades-old shop. It also sells sheet music, CDs and vinyl,...

Cultural in Kenmare

Kenmare Fair

Dating back more than two centuries, the Kenmare Fair takes place on 15 August every year, when folk from all over Ireland descend on the town to trade in sheep, cattle and ponies, as well as crafts, bric-a-brac...

Cafe in Kenmare

Puccini's Coffee & Books

Puccini's is a tiny coffee bar and bookshop with just a handful of stools at the window counters, but it's the social hub of Kenmare on weekday mornings as folk drop in for an expertly prepared espresso before work.

Market in Kenmare

Farmers Market

Stalls on the town square sell vegetables, cheese, honey, gourmet ice cream, bread, smoked salmon and other artisan produce during Kenmare's weekly farmers market.

Books in Kenmare

Kenmare Bookshop

Irish history and literature, bestsellers and kids' books are stocked at this independent shop, as well as a good selection of maps and local walking guides.