Tasty treats and local delicacies
If the way to the heart is through the stomach, Cork's English Market will have you falling head over heels in no time. The oldest covered market in Ireland, this is where you'll find the finest in local and artisanal produce. From fresh fish stalls, to craft butchers, bakers and chocolate-makers, the sights, smells and sounds of this market have been a mouthwatering mainstay of Cork since the 1780s. You'll find a lot of your favorite bites here, but if you're feeling brave enough, try some tripe and drisheen: a local delicacy made from cow's stomach and sheep's blood.
If you have more time:
Lunch at The Farmgate, suspended on a mezzanine above the market floor, is a rite of passage in Cork. Not only is the food fantastic, but the bird's-eye view of the bustling thoroughfare below allows you to feel like you're in the thick of it all.