"The English Market in Cork City is an amazing shopping destination and, even more, an interesting cultural destination, just off the main shopping streets of central Cork City."


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"In my opinion this is the best covered market in the UK and Ireland."

Rick Stein, OBE, English chef, Restauranteur and Television Presenter.

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"The English Market is one of the many things that makes Cork unique and ranks it up there with the great cities of Europe. In a world of overpriced, charmless and often tasteless gourmet food, the old English Market is truly a food lovers delight. Real food for real food lovers.”

Brendan O'Connor, Journalist and Broadcaster

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“The English Market is totally unique.  The produce, the stallholders, the cafes….how fortunate are we to have a facility that so many others envy.  It’s the place to find a taste of real Cork and we all love and treasure it.”

Darina Allen, Irish chef, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School

Darina Allen Review

"For me, The English Market in Cork has always been the stomach and soul of Cork City.  It provides nourishment for both as well as the, nearly forgotten, community side of food trading.  It’s great to have a chat and to look into the eyes of the person selling to you. The market is a true gem!" 

Ross Lewis, Michelin Chef, Chapter One Restaurant

Ross Lewis Review

"Cork picnickers are a fortunate bunch. The wonderful market is a self-caterer's paradise with so many tasty delicacies to choose from it's hard to show restraint.

If you have cooking facilities, the fresh-fish sellers will tell you exactly what to buy and how to cook it. Otherwise, perch at stall-side counters or take your lunch to Bishop Lucey Park, a popular alfresco eating spot."

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 “The most remarkable thing about Cork’s English Market, beyond its diversity – which is on a par with any French market you have idled through in envy – is its intrinsic regionalness. Preserving its own ancient traditions seems to have emboldened Cork to espouse those of its nearer neighbours.”

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