Whether you’re in Cork for the weekend or longer, there’s so much to do once you scratch the surface of the city.
To help you, we’ve put together a bucket list aimed at tourists who want to get to know the city and enjoy some of what Cork has to offer.
1. Have Brunch at Liberty Grill
We previously singled out Liberty Grill’s ‘Huevos Benedict’ as one of the 11 Very Special Dishes That Are Worth Travelling To Cork For.
Although it's a burger restaurant, its brunch menu is so popular that there is sometimes a queue stretching down the street to get in on a Saturday morning.
Brunch is served every day until 5pm.
2. Get a coffee from Cork Coffee Roasters
With arguably the best coffee in Cork, this place is a must-visit for caffeine addicts.
3. Go to The English Market
With a huge vaulted ceiling, The English Market is one of the oldest markets in the world.
You can take a break and people watch, buy fresh produce, get a great coffee in Coffee Central, eat some top-notch food at Jacob’s On The Mall, or have a glass of wine at Farmgate Café.
4. Go to Electric
This art deco restaurant overlooks the cathedral and the river, and does a bit of everything.
As well as serving amazing seafood caught fresh each day, they also do one of the top 10 coffees in Cork, some great cocktails and host live music on the weekends.
Once the eating's done, it transforms into a buzzing nightclub.
This place is a hipster paradise.
5. Get a cupcake from the Cupcake Cottage
This place, unsurprisingly does amazing cupcakes all made from fresh local ingredients.
They have over 50 flavours of cupcakes on offer, including vanilla Oreo, forest fruits, lemon meringue and red velvet, as well as their daily specials, which have included ‘99s’, Bounty, apple turnover, and Cornetto.
6. Take a stroll around Fitzgerald’s Park
Built for Cork’s International Exhibition, this beautiful park features sculptures, a Cork Museum, the Riverview Café, a waterlily covered pond, and a bridge famously known as the ‘shaky bridge’ which goes over the River Lee.
7. Have a pizza and beer at Sober Lane
This bar is well-known for its casual but playful atmosphere, where the staff are constantly setting up games for people to play, including beer pong.
You should also try one of their freshly-made, delicious pizzas. Then order a few beers, watch the match, and kick back.
8. Eat at Market Lane
Market Lane is one of top restaurants in Cork. They always use produce from either The English Market or a local artisan producer.
Their dish of gratin with sun dried tomatoes, toasted almonds and breadcrumbs made our list of the best dishes in Cork.
The cocktails are also amazing.
9. Have some wine at L’Altitude 51
This wine bar was given Georgina Campell’s Wine Of The Year Award 2015.
You can pop over for a wine-tasting class, go to their weekly film which includes drink and food showing the tastes from the movie, or just pop by for a glass of wine and some tapas.
10. Catch a film in the cinema at Triskel Christchurch
An unconventional cinema. Because the screen is in a church, they are limited to showing two films a day. But how often do you get to sit in a pew and watch a movie in restored 18th century church?
11. Have dinner at Café Paradiso
Café Paradiso is one of the country’s most iconic restaurants. Despite only serving vegetarian food, it is ranked as the best restaurant in Cork according to trip advisor.
The menu changes according to what’s seasonally available, and they’re very inventive when it comes to their dishes. You will need to book in advance if you want to go here.
12. See a show in the Comedy Club at City Limits
The longest running comedy club in Ireland, it also includes a late bar where you can hang with the comedians and play pool.
Comedians like Tommy Tiernan, Dara O’Briain, Jason Byrne and Richard Ayoade have been there in recent years.
13. Get a craft beer at the Franciscan Well Brew Pub
Built on the site of an old Franciscan monastery, this pub sells beers brewed onsite, as well beers from other Irish and international micro-breweries and pizzas.
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