A City that tantalises the tastebuds... The international slow food movement began in Ireland when the first convivium set up in the region a number of years ago and has since spread to Cork City.


FOOD is an essential mix of Cork Life, this vibrant city, well known for music, theatre, literature and sport has a treat in store for the culinary tourist. The English Market in the heart of the city is a must for foodies. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in fine food and in wholesome and organic provisioning. This renewal of interest and the widespread enthusiasm to establish high food standards for restaurants, shops and markets mirrors the pioneering seriousness and professionalism of the city’s 18th century Butter Merchant. We hope this guide helps to make your culinary experience in the city a memorable one… come enjoy our mouthwatering food

PLACES TO EAT & drink, around Cork City

THE coutyard

From Lunchtime Tapas to Post-Work Pizza, we’ve got you covered. Our heated courtyard gives you a classic al fresco dining experience in comfort and warmth all year round. With a full bar, we serve a range of craft beers, hot drinks, spirits and more. Seconds from South Mall, just across the foot bridge, we’re The Courtyard on Sober Lane.

Rising Sons brewery

Rising Sons Microbrewery & Brewpub are housed in the old Guys and co. building which famously printed the majority of cheque books used in the city in the early party of the 20th century. Rising Sons is 100% Irish owned and our beers are to be found in the best pubs in the city and beyond. Rising Sons Brewery has been awarded multiple medals, including two golds in the World Beer Awards and the International Beer Challenge, coming up against the best the world has to offer. Our philosophy is “Big Beer, Small Batches”, We offer an authentic Italian style 12” pizza and a pint of our great beer for €12 Sunday to Thursday all year round. The sauce, the base, and the pint are all crafted in-house.”

old town whiskey bar at bodega

“The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega – the grand dame in Cork’s Old Town, Ireland’s largest whiskey bar housed in one of the countries most beautiful buildings. Award winning food served 7 days a week with emphasis on locally sourced seasonal produce. All our dishes are prepared from scratch – brunch & steaks a speciality! Winner of Cork’s Best Food Pub 2017, Winner Ireland’s Best Tourist Pub 2018 – VFI Pub of the year awards. For more info check out www.oldtownwhiskeybar.com

De Calf Cafe

De Calf Cafe – Each morning we serve breakfast from 8am – noon  and offer an extensive brunch menu Saturday 9am – 4pm & Sunday 10am – 4pm. Fresh baking made in house each morning by our talented kitchen team, enjoy our selection of scones, pastries and cakes. All our produce is sourced locally, We serve delicious gourmet sandwiches on local Arbutus bread. Each day we have a large selection of freshly made in house salads which are almost all gluten free. We pride ourselves on our coffee, and serve double shot as standard so every coffee tastes like it should. We have a large courtyard area with ample seating so you can enjoy your lunch and a glass of wine from the café.

The Oyster Tavern

The Oyster Tavern – 4 Market Lane, Cork. Tel: (021) 735 5677

E: welcome@oystertavern.ie  W. www.oystertavern.ie

We are delighted to have re-opened this historic venue. One of Corks Oldest Establishment founded in 1792.  Located at the Market Lane  Entrance to Corks English Market. The space now comprises two floors,with a relaxed bar area downstairs and beautifully designed upstairs bar for late night drinks and dancing!   We’ll be using only the freshest ingredients for our casual dining dishes sourced directly from the English Market, which lies just at our doorstep.

Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy

Arthur Mayne’s Pharmacy is a 120-year-old chemist turned wine bar.  Very little has been done to the building that houses one of the most unusual bars in Cork city.  The perfect spot for an afternoon coffee and scone or for somewhere to eat in Cork, food is available 7 days a week until 1.30am with lots of local favourites on offer. At weekends we serve an extensive brunch menu but do arrive early to get a spot!  Ask about our in house craft cocktails and pop upstairs and check out our new bar! Open ’til 2am Sunday – Thursday, 2.30am Friday & Saturday

Farmgate Café

Farmgate Café at the English Market, Cork- Located in Ireland’s oldest and most historic food market, with an exciting view overlooking the stalls below, Farmgate Café embraces much of what is unique and traditional to Cork’s English Market in their simple, strongly regional menu. Beef, lamb, chicken, eggs and vegetables are locally produced. Fine wines are sourced in Europe, craft beers, ales and cider come from artisan breweries in Munster. Farmgate Café works closely with Market traders and local producers to bring good local food to the table. Members of Good Food Ireland. email: marketcafe@farmgate.ie 

phone: +353 (0)21 427 8134 : www.farmgate.ie 


4 Marlborough Street, Cork.  Tel: 021 4949724  www.nosta.ie

Discover the luscious flavours of the Turkish & Greek cuisine in Nosta. From wood burning oven pizza’s and pide’s (Turkish pizza), daily prepared Meze’s, Niko’s legendary lamb skewers and chargrilled meats. Everything is made in-house using the fresh local produce from English Market and beyond. Wide range of Mediterranean Wines and Beers – Fully Licenced.

Enjoy our wide Lunch Menu & Lunch Deals from €10, 12:00 to 17:00 everyday except Bank Holidays. Evening Deals Starter + Main + glass of Wine or Beer €21.90 from 5pm til late – Sunday to Thursday!

umi falafel

Umi Falafel – Umi is the Arabic word for mother which explains why our falafel are homemade with care. Here at Umi we want to share with you our passion for the freshest most authentic falafel experience in Ireland. At Umi you can enjoy our falafel and wide selection of healthy salads and traditional mezze in a casual and relaxing atmosphere. The Umi Falafel Group was established back in 2013 when our main branch opened in Dame St. in Dublin city center slowly then we developed and extended further in Dublin Rathmines and at the George’s Street Arcade also next to the botanic gardens in Belfast. Our branch in Cork city centre opened in March 2017 and quickly became a falafel destination for both locals and visitors of the city. Student Meal Deal of €6 between 3-6 pm 


B.D.S.M. – Black Dog Saloon & Mezcalaria – We have sourced some of the finest tequilas and whiskies from around the world exclusively for BDSM, all while putting together a unique array of premium quality wines, beers, cocktails and call shots. Enjoy a cocktail from our menu or ask one of our cocktail maestros to mix you up something special We have some of the countries best alternative DJs playing the very best of indie, alternative, rock and metal. If you’re looking for a place to relax and escape definition, then tie yourself up at BDSM Cork.

Tony's Bistro

Tony’s Bistro –  North Main Street, Cork.  T. 021 427 0848 – We look forward to welcoming you to our family run restaurant located on Corks’ historic North Main Street.  Famous for our Irish breakfast and homemade traditional Irish dishes, available all day and starting from just €6.95!  Or for the more adventurous, why not try Ireland’s biggest breakfast “The Godfather Fry-Up”!  If you can eat it all it’s FREE!!!