The English Market
Baked goods at the English Market © LWYang
The 16th century Princes Street Market is a covered food market in the centre of Cork. A large sign now designates it the Old English Market (and the nearby St Peter's Market is referred to locally as the Irish Market), although it is certainly Irish in character. The Queen and Prince Philip visited the market in June 2011, cementing its association with the English.
Merchandise on sale includes fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, meat, seafood, gourmet chocolate, sweets, clothes, and local crafts, trinkets and souvenirs. It is well known among locals and tourists alike for its varied selection of produce from all over the world, and especially for its fresh fish. The merchants are very friendly and the place has a wonderful atmosphere. It's a good idea to ask the stall owners for their recommendations and try out some local specialties. You can buy a take-away meal, gifts for those back home, or all your groceries at the Old English Market, but if you enjoy the place it is a good idea to visit the Farmgate Restaurant, located above the market, where you can sit on the balcony overlooking the stalls and enjoy the smells and sights along with a great meal.
Address: Princes Street