Lunch – For something a little different and unexpected, just below Shandon, on Pope’s Quay, you will find the bijoux Iyers Cafe , a small, family-run, pure vegetarian café serving authentic South Indian food and snacks, made fresh daily. Rated by many food critics the best Indian cuisine in Ireland, Iyers is a little revelation.
For Something Sweet Afterwards - Call to Shandon Sweet Shop . It’s the last of Cork’s traditional candy makers and still crafting the traditional handmade sweets which have delighted Cork’s kids (and big kids) since the 1920s. Father and son team Dan and Tony Linehan will look after your sugar cravings with handmade Bullseyes, Bon-Bons and Lemon Drops.
Afternoon – Stroll up the North Main Street, along Cork’s historic spine towards Barrack Street, and visit the perfectly preserved Elizabeth Fort – a 17th Century Star Fort with great views out over the city.
Continue On – just five minutes’ walk from Elizabeth Fort to the imposing Gothic architecture of St Fin Barre's Cathedral – take the tour of this great Gothic confection in stone and listen out for the mighty pipe organ.
Then - call in to Tom Barry’s Pub on Barrack Street for a hot port by the fire, a coffee or a craft-beer in the gorgeous, walled beer garden – the regulars will tell you it’s the best pub in Cork (and they could be right). There’s also artisan pizzas from the pub’s own wood-fired oven.