For those looking for international food, Mexican, Chinese and Thai restaurants are scattered around the city. Café Mexicana on Carey’s Lane serves a mix of traditional Mexican dishes at reasonable prices.
The Huguenot Quarter is filled with places to eat and drink, like Zaks on Marlboro Street, offering a great value early bird special from €19.50. Vegetarians and vegans can also find a good meal in Cork, with the Quay Co-Op on Sullivan’s Quay especially popular for its big selection of vegan desserts.
Seafood is quite popular here, with Cork located on a natural harbour and near many fishing villages. Pub grub generally includes a seafood platter, with the majority of the ingredients sourced locally.
As well as being home to all these great places for a sit down meal, Cork also has the English Market. A haven for foodies, it is one of the city’s most popular places to visit. This indoor market offers a huge selection of foodstuffs, from meat to cheese to fish to vegetables. The various stalls often offer taste tests that are well worth a try.
4 Marlboro Street, Cork, Ireland
Check out Zaks for great early bird specials. You can choose the 2 course option for €19.50 or the 3 course option for €23.50 and the offer runs from 6pm−7.30pm. On the menu you'll find steak, fish, pizzas and burgers, as well as some good vegetarian options. The restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch.
Open 7 days, 8am−10pm.
3 Washington Street, Cork, Ireland
A great place for coffee fiends, when you buy 10 coffees you get one free with this café's loyalty card. Serving sandwiches, bagels and wraps, Café Gusto also offers a selection of milkshakes and smoothies at low prices. Soya options are provided and daily specials are also available.
Open Mon−Sat 7.30am−6pm.
2 Bridge Street, Cork, Ireland
For a cup of coffee and a pastry, this is a great place to start the day. The beans used in all the blends here are hand roasted in Cork. The counter is small and the shop popular, so expect to queue. When you buy any coffee making paraphernalia you get a free coffee.
Open 7 days, Mon−Fri 7am−6pm, Sat 8am−6pm, Sun 9am−5pm.
Winthrop Lane, Winthrop Street, Cork, Ireland
Serving everything from pizza and pastas to steaks and salads as well as the much-loved full Irish breakfast, this is an extremely popular restaurant with visitors and locals alike.
Carey's Lane, Cork, Ireland
A great place for authentic Mexican fare, tacos, enchiladas and burritos can all be sampled here. Specials
include combo meals and an offer on Sangria by the
glass or pitcher. There's an interesting interior, with
Mexican−themed tiles replacing the everyday
Open 7 days, 12pm−10.30pm.
8 Bridge Street, Cork, Ireland
BYO restaurant serving authentic Thai cuisine including meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. Not expensive but if you really want to economise check out the early bird special between 6.00pm and 7.00pm daily.
8-9 Carey's Lane, Cork, Ireland
Bringing a true taste of Spain to the city, Esau’s also specialises in fresh seafood which is delivered daily. Also has an early bird menu which is served between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.
21 Paul Street, Cork, Ireland
One of the most popular cafes in Cork, Loco specialises in paninis, wraps and sandwiches so it’s an excellent place for lunch. Oh the fruit smoothies must be tasted to be believed – delicious.
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork, Ireland
The city’s only sushi bar, this restaurant also serves a host of other exciting dishes. Slightly pricier than some of the other eateries listed but the club also doubles as a late bar with live jazz so it is a good place for a night out.
24 Sullivan's Quay, Cork, Ireland
Cafeteria style service and a huge selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes are the hallmarks of this popular spot. Portions are large and the restaurant can get very busy at peak times. Vegans and veggies with a sweet tooth are well catered for too, with a really impressive range of dessert options provided.
Open Mon−Sat 9am−9pm.
10 Paul Street, Cork, Ireland
An institution among the city’s students who sit for hours and watch the world go by through the café’s huge windows, also has live jazz and a really warm and friendly atmosphere.
Phoenix Street, Cork, Ireland
Specialising in Italian cuisine, this bistro also serves an extensive selection of international dishes right up until 11.00pm nightly. Also has a full wine license.
Cornmarket Street, Cork, Ireland
Located right in the heart of the city’s renowned open-air market this café is guaranteed to have something to please everyone. It is worth noting, however, that it only opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30pm onwards.