Cork city has an abundance of restaurants for you to try and you could never run out of new places to try (okay, that might be a bit of a stretch if you live there). When I was in College in UCC, my favourite thing to do was to spend the only little bit of income I was getting from my part-time job and spend it on avoiding to cook by eating out. I’d consider myself an expert of places to eat in Cork, so here are my top 5 places that I love and that you should try:
I discovered this place in the first year of college and very quickly became obsessed with the place. This Italian restaurant located on Paul Street and is open daily from 12pm to 10pm. The prices here are very good value for the quality and size of the portions. My favourite thing to get here is pizza, they have the classic thin New York style base, you can choose your own toppings (I’m a pineapple on pizza kind of person in case you were wondering) and there’s even a gluten-free base option which is becoming more popular but there was definitely the first place I saw it. They also have amazing pasta if pizza isn’t your thing but I can assure you, you’ll definitely find something you love here!
This Asian restaurant is only open since March 2017 but they already have a great customer base and is well known for its authentic Asian street food. They open daily from 12pm to 10pm and is located on Carey’s Lane. I only recently tried here and I fell in love with their ‘Chicken and Cashew Nut Stir Fry’. Usually, I don’t like trying new Asian restaurants because I don’t like spicy foods and most things in Asian restaurants are spicy but if I can find something on this menu, so can you! They have gluten free, dairy free and vegan options so you probably won’t be restricted here! Check their website for their lunch deals and infamous ‘curry night’.
Probably my favourite place to eat in when I visit Cork. It’s located on French Church Street and does great deals. They do burgers, pizzas salads and anything you could want but I always get the same thing which is a Coq Ranch Burger which is one of the best chicken burgers I’ve ever had. They also serve their burgers on boards large knives which should tell you how big they are. I would recommend do lunch early here so you can be ready to eat somewhere else at dinner time and get as much out of Cork’s restaurants as possible.
This restaurant is on Oliver Plunkett Street so if you’re looking to get a feel for the atmosphere of Cork, you should eat here when you arrive! They get most of their ingredients from The English Market which sells high quality locally produced fresh food so before I even go further I’m sure you can already tell how amazing the food is. It’s relatively cheap here and they offer early bird menus and lunch offers which you shouldn’t pass up!
This family-run, cosy restaurant is located on Winthrop Street down a small lane across from Hallmark. This place is every Cork person’s favourite place to tell you about because they’re convinced that nobody has ever discovered it but I can assure you, it isn’t that difficult to find! The inside feels like you’re walking into someone’s home and their menu is like a warm hug. My favourite thing to get here is the Lasagne, I swear it gets better every time. The food is reasonably priced and there’s something for everyone on the menu!
Honourable mentions: Liberty Grill, Son of a Bun, The Meatball Place, Shake Dog, Ramen
Check out our post about the best things to visit in Cork HERE