Love love love the English Market.
Everytime I wander around I see something I want to eat or drink or both.
I love the fact its a bit of a maze and that there are about twenty entrances+exits to the place - OK, I exaggerate, but if you are not a regular to Cork City it really is a surprise where you might end up when you leave the English Market. And that you can get into the place from so many different streets.
And everyone I've dealt with in here have all been really nice and helpful.
I wish there was an English Market in Dublin. I highly recommend you take a look if you are in Cork. Its well worth it.
Who needs Tesco when Cork has its own fantastic market? I would shop here once a week and the highlights included:
1. Excellent fresh produce
2. multitudes of butcher shops- would almost always get nice bone-in pork chops which ran for 1 euro each.
3. extensive (and fresh) fish selections, my favorites included mussels, salmon, and mackerel, which I'm convinced does not exist on this side of the Atlantic,
4. poulterers for eggs
5. bakery shops, particularly the macaroon guy at the end of the market.
I only had one bad experience: I was shooting the shit with a butcher, one thing led to the other, and I ended up buying a sheep's kidney, which he explained to me how to cook. I proceeded to cook it and eat it which I found delicious. Later on, I got violently ill yakking until noon the next day. Granted, this wasn't the butcher's fault. I was riding some kind of a high as though I were Tony Bourdain or some shit. Needless to say, I avoided innards from there on in.
Must stop in place for a bit to eat and fresh food from the market. From meats, to cheeses, chocolates, and fish, this is the place to shop for unique and fresh finds in Cork you are not going to get anywhere else. Give your self the opportunity to pass through the halls and awaken your mind to the aromas of the delicatesses found within the walls of Cork.
Man, I'm sick of writing 5 star reviews for Cork. Sheesh.
Truly a national treasure, this amazing Victorian building delivers delicacies for literally every sense. The sights are amazing, from the beautifully arranged stalls to the gorgeous architecture of the building itself. The sounds of a busy Saturday market day are like the hum of a bee hive. The smells hit you the moment you walk in from outside: fresh coffee, baking bread, clean, crisp seafood. Touch everything from everywhere. And the tastes? Wow. From every type of pickle or olive to freshly made salads and sandwhiches to any gourmet item you'd ever need.
One of the best public markets in the world. A must stop in for any visitors to Cork. I only wish I was a local so I could spend every Saturday morning here.
Being an English man living in Ireland, I was very interested in seeing the English market in Cork. Its a great place, reminds me the old bull ring market in Birmingham full of butchers and food stalls.
We had food in a restaurant upstairs which was ok, but i wasnt that impressed. Cant remember the name of it now though.
We brought some meat and veg and drove home to Dublin and cooked our dinner! All the way from Cork!
Outstanding public market in Cork...not vast in size, but awesome in terms of quality of providers, great food, and unique offerings. And the setting is in an old (1700s) builiding that is architecturally amazing. Worth a visit if you are in Ireland.
The English Market is a lively, bustling heaven for meats, olives, cheeses, chocolates and one of the BEST sausage sandwiches we have ever had the pleasure of indulging in. Market is filled with all sorts of vendors of various types of food.
This is definitely a place worth stopping by if you're in Cork! Great, 5-Star market!
Fabulous market and foodie heaven. Wish they had something like this in Dublin :-(
Could come here anytime for a shop or browse.
Seriously foodie heaven! My friend and I were hungry and we ran into this gem while wandering around Cork. They have tons of meat, fruit, bakeries, and little cafes. I made a beeline straight to the cheese shop and bought some delicious Irish cheese and quiche. Then we bought some nuts and a couple of tarts for dessert. Our mini picnic is set! Definitely a must do in Cork.
Everything from sushi to Turkish barbers, vintage curios to fresh fruit, the English market is a little bit of foodie heaven in the middle of Cork city.
I think what I love most about it is how it's changed so much in the last ten years, and is still so similar to the market I remember as a kid. The same fishmongers and butchers are there, even the dodgy joke stall. But it's really embraced the change in culture in Cork too. You'll be able to find good bok choy as easily as you find good bacon in there these days.
Best place in cork to just hang out have a coffee and savior whats happening the city at any one time! also best meats, cheeses, snacks, fish and anything else that one needs to fill themselves... little tourist shop in here and all, cafe upstairs... the heart beat of cork city...
Lovely place! So much to offer. Lots of incredible food (I'm a huge fan of "Heaven's Cakes"-their cheesecake is divine...pun intended) and always a fun spot to people watch.
A must see in Cork.
I rate this market "mouthwatering". It's a paradise for carnivores, filled with endless stalls of seasoned meats just waiting to be eaten. Don't go hungry. Eh, it won't make a difference. The meat will still win.
Now if you're a vegetarian, I'd rate the market... pretty alright?
This market, taking up about 25% of Cork itself (the other 75% being mostly composed of shoe shops), is the only conceivable reason why anyone would come to cork as walking around for 10 minutes and ogling it's standard fayre is the the only thing to do in this European frontier town.
It sells everything from fruit and veg, meat, breads, cheeses, condiments, pies & pasties, to flowers, crafts, and clothes. Although it's all very good quality, there's nothing here that we don't have in things called 'supermarkets' in more interesting parts of the world.
There is an overpriced cafe inside the market which bases its menu on the fresh ingredients available within (see my review for 'Farmgate Cafe').
So in summary, if you've never seen things like bread and chicken breasts before then you may find it fascinating. Otherwise if you're in Cork anyway then you may just find it refreshing to see people selling something that isn't shoes.
Dublin needs some market like this one.
Very good quality, very good offer and lot of variety.
And, more than that, it's one of the nicest places in Cork.
High quality costs, and prices are not the cheapest.
I love having a nosey around the English Market, and drooling at all the different types of food :).There's a great variety of stalls there. I find them very helpful and friendly . I like to pop in for a coffee and dessert upstairs sometimes, its a great meeting place and the food is excellent, there's an event guide notice board on the way into the cafe which i find very handy too..
I wanted some good hummus. Just arriving from Israel; the Tesco hummus just was not doing it for me. My new roommate sent me to town and told me to visit the English Market. She said quite nonchalantly that they have a lot of international food. I'm glad she down played it because I was beyond surprised with happiness when I walked in.
My friends recently told me I eat.... a lot. They told me not to be offended because it's not like I eat unhealthy or am overweight. Hours earlier they said I was the new resident alcoholic. That did not offend me in the slightest... but for some reason the food thing really got me thinking. They might be right. I effing love food. Find me a really good batch or hummus or an excellent slice of monchego cheese and I will certainly be overwhelmed. I spent well over an hour in this market. They have great cheeses, good hummus, tons of marinated green olives, marinated artichokes, organic stands (with produce, supplements, vitamins, flax seed oil etc), all different kinds of meats, and plenty of international food. I found challah bread here for Christs sake. I was not totally impressed with the pastry selection though, but that is just a minor detail. I will be going back but I may have to put myself on a budget next time.
Another one of the fabulous places I got to visit whilst in Ireland! The English market is a bustling, lively market filled with all sorts of vendors of various types of food. We'd already eaten lunch when we stopped in, but definitely had to partake in some delicious chocolates (some of the best I had the entire trip!) and authentic Parisian macarons. Yum!! This is definitely a place worth stopping by if you're in Cork!
This place is great. I visited while on vacation and seeing the market was a highlight. It doesn't take long to check it out, and it's right downtown. Also a cool tidbit- it's been in the same place since the 1700s! I was really impressed with the quality and huge variety of the foods they offer. They have everything from meats to cheeses to breads and produce. It's really cool because you can ask the vendors specific questions about everything because they made it themselves. I'm not really sure how the prices compare to a grocery store, but if it's more expensive it is not by much, and definitely worth it. Even if you're not buying anything, it's fun to check out for a few minutes.
The English market has everything you could need when it comes to food. Fresh vegatables, fish, chicken, beef, pasta. and thats only the begining. If you are a foodie this is the place for you
I love markets and this is one of the best that I have been to. From the fresh meats, fish, cheeses, olives, spreads and produce to the organic shop that had all sorts of asian and middle eastern ingredients, my only regret is that I did not have several more hours to spend gawking and stuffing my face. Nice selection of sweets as well.
This place is a Cork institution and a must-visit. Many restaurants in Cork use the produce from here. Full of Cork delicacies like tripe and drisheen and sausages and puddings of every variety, the staff are lovely and it's a real hustle-bustle of activity with a distinctive smell and charm. If you like wandering in places that resemble Victorian jigsaw puzzles where pigs hang from hooks then you'll like this. Also Farmgate upstairs is a nice spot for some post-market tea and cake.
Wow! Love this place. There are so many vendors set up at this historic site that need to be checked out. Meats. Fish. Teas. Chicken. Kitchenware. Chocolates. Produce . The displays are clean and the butchers are very professional. Service is great.
Cork City is quite a challenge to a NYC foodie with high standards, so this place was a must for all of my needs. It's an essential visit for locals & tourists alike. Bustling fish markets where I purchased my giant scallops, an Italian corner selling fresh pastas, hunks of cheese & the perfect pre-made marinara sauce, an intense olive stand who sold marinated, tuna filled cherry peppers at Christmas (try!), a guy that made the best sausages ever (take em' to go, or have one cooked there), the perfect Chocolatier who even offered shots of liquid cocoa for a quick jolt, a bakery that sells delicious & well priced tarts, and a plethora of butchers & grocers. I love this place most of all.
Everything you can think of under one roof. Oh how I wish we had that type of market here. Pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables. Truly a delightful experience. Upstairs is the wonderful Farmgate cafe. Wandered through here for quite some time and was mesmerized by all of the items available. The olive stand was one of my favorites!
Quite an impression. You have to be there someday, the atmosphere is amazing. I really liked it! We bought fresh fish here and some fruits.
The fantastic English Market was the appropriate venue as the Good Food Ireland Cork Week was launched by the organisation's MD and founder Margaret Jeffares last evening.
Over 250 guests turned up and the venue was packed, no one turning down the invite to sample the delights of the south.
Wine and other drinks, along with tempting bites, were available downstairs by the fountain but the main action was upstairs along the U shaped floor of the Farm Gate Cafe which had been divided into a number of stands.
There was so much to taste - no wonder the queue moved slowly. But, with so many good things on offer, the humour was excellent.
Started off on a high standard with Fishy Fishy from Kinsale and then, a blast from the past, a bite of pig's cheek from Ballymaloe. Took the opportunity to have a quick word with Denis O'Mullane of Liberty Grill where the Lord Mayor Darragh Murphy and his wife Tanya also lingered.
Mairead O'Brien, who had earlier introduced me to her boss Claire Nash of Nash 19, was at their stand as was their talented head chef Pamela. At that stage, my plate was getting packed but I still couldn't resist picking up a few other bits before moving downstairs to eat.
Great to meet so many people involved in putting good things on our plates in their restaurants and via their shops and stalls. O'Keeffe's of St Luke's is a brilliant food shop and they were represented by Anne and Donal.
And then there were producers with whom I hadn't yet crossed paths. Frank Shinnick of the Fermoy Natural Cheese Company is one such and then there was a smiling twosome from the Apple Farm in Cahir whose sparkling apple juice was one of the highlights of the evening. We'll be following those two producers in the future along with many more on the comprehensive list proved by Good Food Ireland.
Well, that was Monday night and now we have the rest of the week to sample the €15.00 plateful and included glass of wine in the participating establishments! More info at goodfoodireland.ie
It smells awful but you can bare it as it is such a beautiful historic spot of Cork
Great spot for coffee and cake and people watching.
When paying, ask for the bitbuzz 20 min FlexiPass for 20 mins free WiFi.
(4 stars as it's a bit pricey)
Best place to visit when in Cork. Shops are a bit expensive and specialist but still great for having a look and finding special treats.Look for the speciality cheese and olive stalls!
This is a very good market if you want to experience pups that sometimes haven't the nous to even speak to customers with any type of civility. And if you do purchase anything always check your change as "mistakes" are very common. These "mistakes" will invariable mean that you the customer is out of pocket, but you do have to realise that the previous and future "mistakes" will have "probably" left the stall holder short.
I had no idea that Cork had such good food. Coming from New York, I assumed my three months in Cork would involve culinary withdrawal. I have been pleasantly surprised. The biggest surprise is the English Market. Prior to heading there, I imagined a quaint little market with some vegetables, fruit, fresh chicken, and bread. I had no idea. I've now been to this place twice and I'm headed back tomorrow to pick up some groceries for a big lunch that I'm cooking this weekend.
This market has several butcher stalls, fish stalls, bakeries, cheese stalls, sandwich shops, a health food store, two or three stores that carry Asian foods and sauces, and some wonderful fruit and vegetable stalls. And there are more stores not included. It is not the biggest market nor is it the smallest. In terms of quality, It reminds me of a cross between Whole Foods and Chelsea Market in New York. The key difference is that the English Market is ridiculously affordable and in some areas has more options.
So far, I have purchased bananas (10 for 1 euro), chicken breast (2 big pieces for 2 and a half euro at the Meat Center), chorizo sausage to go and sausage and potatoes at O'Flynn's Gourmet Sausage (7 euro), peppers and onions (1 euro), and some extraordinary brie cheese - half a wheel - and a baguette at On The Pigs Back (6 euro).
I was very happy with my purchases and plan on making regular trips to the Market. I could not find scones, but perhaps I've not looked hard enough yet. The quality of the food, the convenience of having it all in one market, and the price lands this place five stars.
The English Market is situated on Patrick Street next to the old cineplex. This beautiful indoor market is filled with wonderful food stalls, from Mr Bell's asian food purveyors to The Alternative Bread Company. There are also many fine butchers and fresh vegetable stalls. A brilliant place to wonder around, and sample the best cuisine Cork City has to offer.
One of the best markets I have ever been to and such a surprise to stumble upon it. Its out there with the market beside the Ramblas in Barcelona and Borough Market in Southwark.