A market fit for a Queen!
All the highlights of the beautiful city of Cork are at your finger tips without the stress and hassle of having to plan how you’re going to get from A to B. Shore Tours ensure you’ll see all there is to see in a way that lets you sit back, fold away your map and well, actually see it!
If, like me, your travels aren’t complete without a little taste (literally) of how the locals do things, the English Market in the Cork City Centre is the place to be. The smells of freshly baked goods and roasted coffee will pull you in and soon enough you’ll be captivated by the variety of colours, flavours and traditional Victorian architecture.
The English Market will celebrate its 226th birthday this year and it carries foods from all over the world as well as traditional cuisine. You’ll be able to sample all the region has to offer, including the likes of the Cork favourite, tripe and drisheen, Ravaged by a serious fire in 1980, the market bounced back remarkably and has been growing in diversity ever since. It has all different strokes for the folks it attracts and it even proved to be fit for a Queen with Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 2011. Over two centuries of trade has made the English Market an attraction for locals and tourists alike and it does a great job of making the amalgamation that it is, seamless.
You don’t have to worry about bringing your umbrella as the English Market is completely covered: allowing you to browse to your hearts content without fear of the infamous Irish showers. Ireland’s most famous covered food market is a place where big and small businesses trade along side one another- some being passed on from generation to generation, others new and upcoming- all with the intention of showcasing Irelands culinary delights and local produce.
Open as early as 8:00am and on-going until 6:00pm, Monday to Saturday, the English Market caters to the needs of the average Joe (or should I say Seamus) or the curious traveller. The festive environment that comes with the presence of food coupled with the Irish cheer will leave you with a warmth that will fight the afternoon chill!
Take a stroll through the bustling lanes and be entertained by the vendors and their Irish charm or sit and people watch at one of the man y cafes. From the waves of aromatic coffee to the bright, fresh displays of fruit and veg, to warm baked breads and all kinds of tasty meats: The English Market isn’t just a feast for your taste buds, but for your eyes as well. It really has food for the soul and is something that shouldn’t be missed.0