When you step into The English Market in Cork, you might not immediately realise just how historic it is. Although the current building was erected in the mid 19th century, there has been a market here since 1788. In fact, so famous is this iconic market that Queen Elizabeth visited here during her historic State Visit to Ireland in 2011.
The English Market
The English Market has evolved over the years, and now features a variety of artisanal products from all over Europe, as well as local meats, vegetables, fruit, fish and produce.
The emphasis is on health and wholesomeness, and vendors take pride in the freshness of their wares. They are happy to let you try before you buy, and I was sad that I could not take any of the wonderful things they had on offer back home!
You approach The English Market from one of three sides – each equally interesting. There is an entrance off the Grand Parade, but I loved coming in through this interesting entrance, tucked away in what almost seems like an alley off Oliver Plunkett Street.
Or you can approach through this quaint parade of shops just off Patrick Street.
One of the last shops before the market is a gorgeous vintage dress shop called Miss Daisy Blue. I’ve never been in a vintage store that had so many high quality, original pieces.
There really is a lot to see while wandering through these historic streets, but if you love fresh local produce as much as I do, a visit to Cork definitely is not complete without a visit to The English Market.