Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Trip to the English Market in Cork City, Ireland

The English Market, Cork
Nestled in the heart of the city, the English Market is a must-see in Cork. Not only a foodie paradise, this market is also a tourist attraction that was even visited by Queen Elizabeth II on her 2011 state visit to Ireland.

Look at this handsome fella… 
It may seem odd that it's in Ireland, yet is called the English Market, however this name was given to the site in the 19th Century when the nearby St. Peter's Market (now a bar called Bodega) was known as the Irish Market.

Loads & loads of fresh fish
There has been a market in operation at the site of the English Market since 1788, however the buildings that are there now were built in the mid-19th Century.

Pottery at the English Market

Gorgeous pottery
In addition to meat, seafood and other foodstuffs, you can find lots of little treasures like beautiful pottery.

Fresh lavender
 Some ingredients that might be hard to find like lavender will be easily spotted in the English Market.

Jams a'plenty

I love the adorable packaging of jams by the Big Red Kitchen!
A variety of artisan jams, jellies, sauces, relishes and pickles can all be found in the stalls lining this large market.

Pre-prepared Lamb Burgers
My mother-in-law told me about the Shawlies, which is a name for the women who wore shawls and used to sell their wares at stalls in the markets of Ireland back in the old days. Now the stalls are mostly independent vendors and companies like butchers, dairies and the like setting up shop in Cork's most frequented food market.

A butcher butchering

Cork Boi Sausage made with a local stout
Much of the food sold in the market is very local and though there's quite a lot for taking home to cook, there are also vendors selling food to enjoy right away like a sausage on a stick or baked goods. Additionally there's a restaurant inside the market called the Farmgate Cafe.

It's rhubarb season!

A look at the vast size of the market...

Butchers below, restaurant above...
Whether you're a die-hard foodie or just a tourist passing through Cork, I definitely recommend a visit to the English Market and while you're there, be sure to treat yourself to a little something. Grab a burger, nibble on a brownie or have lunch at the Farmgate Cafe… It's an important part of the city of Cork and a landmark that's been there for ages. If you happen to be a foodie, then all I can say is, take a big bag with you cause you're in for a treat! For more information, visit

1 comment

  1. A very nice description of the English Market. I liked the explanation on why it is called English Market.
    You took also very nice pictures, the display of fishes is always nice, fishmongers have sometimes a real sense for design.
    I also think that the English market is worth a visit, I enjoyed it a lot including the Irish breakfast and the sausage on a stick. By the way there is a new stall with Maki Sushi rolls, a nice enrichment of the market.

    And here is my take on the market:


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