Breakfast - at the Farm Gate Café & Restaurant in the English Market (from 8.30am) – start your day with good food and a great view of the City’s much-loved English Market. Choose from a more casual breakfast at the counter or a table in the restaurant, both on the mezzanine floor above the food and produce stalls.
Or – weekend brunch in Perry Street Market Café just off Cork's main shopping area, St. Patrick Street or Cafe Velo on George’s Quay – both good Sunday options.
English Market Stroll – Monday to Saturday - you don’t have to go too far from your breakfast table to get the best of Cork. Mornings are the perfect time to enjoy what TV-chef Rick Stein rates as the "best covered market in the UK and Ireland". As the city comes to life, it’s not so busy as it can get in the afternoon rush.
Many of the food and deli stalls are still laying out their produce and you can pause to enjoy a coffee and a sweet treat as you wander the aisles and arcades. Leesiders have loved the English Market for two centuries and more. It’s our place to shop, meet and chat, our quirky old market at the heart of the city. Make sure to take your time, talk to the stall-holders, ask them about their produce and get a few samples!
See Cork From Above (and from the 17th Century) – From the English Market, cross over the pedestrian bridge on the river and climb the short (but steep!) hill to Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street. It’s a perfectly preserved 17th Century Star Fort, commanding views over the entire city. Walk the walls, see the great cannons and enjoy the panoramic views from the bastions. There’s a little lane beneath the walls of the Fort leading down to the river. It is Keyser’s Hill, believed to have been the first ”street” in Cork, named by the Viking raiders who pulled their longboats up the Lee and settled there in the 9th century.