English Market Cork: What to Expect

Exterior of English Market, english market cork
No trip to Ireland’s 3rd largest city and arguably its culinary capital is complete without a trip to its famed English Market. The market has a huge selection of delicious fresh made items including fantastic grilled sausages, paninis, authentic Italian style spaghetti, wonderful artisan breads and amazing Italian and Spanish salamis and cured hams to make sandwiches with. It is particularly great if you have a fridge where you are staying. If you have a kitchen, pick up some Irish pudding, or at least try it over a full Irish breakfast.

Black and white pudding deli, english market cork

Butcher and artisan shops, english market cork
The English market opened in 1862 and features great seafood, meat, produce, dried goods, pastry and chocolate shops. A couple of the butchers and seafood shops looked as good as any we’ve ever seen anywhere in the world.

Queen Elizabeth II, english market cork
The market pays special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II of England’s official state visit to Ireland in May, 2011, with many large banners hanging from the roof. That visit saw England’s queen visit the Cork market in a green dress, as she made small gestures to make amends for past history. It is perhaps the most memorable footage of her visit to the emerald island.

Queen Elizabeth II with butcher, english market cork
Fresh seafood and giant tuna, english market cork
You’ll find some pretty cool surprises in the market as well- like this massive fresh tuna waiting to be cut open and turned into sushi or ahi tuna steaks.

Fresh Tuna, english market cork
Kangaroo meat in Ireland? Yup, you’ll find it here!

wild game, english market cork
There are treats galore in this market…and we envy you if you have a kitchen to partake in cooking some of the excellent food on offer. If you had a kitchen during your visit, or happen to live in Cork, let us know what you enjoy cooking from this wonderful market.

gourmet burgers and chicken, english market cork
The English market is conveniently located in the center of Cork and is open from 8am-6pm Monday through Saturday. It is sadly closed on Sunday! We advise eating lunch here on any day it is open. Head over to the gourmet sausage grill and buy yourself one of the best freshly grilled chorizo sausages you will ever devour in your life. Save eating out for dinner time!


  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

6 thoughts on “English Market Cork: What to Expect

    1. Yes, it was great! Next time we go we’d love to pick up some fresh meat, it really looked delicious 🙂 Let us know if you make it there.

        1. Would love to check out a market in the Philippines! Neither of us have been there…Kangaroo meat is good. Very lean and gamey, a bit like deer steak. We cooked it one time in Australia in a Thai red curry dish. Very tasty 🙂

          1. Whoa! Haven’t tasted deer steak. I love to taste some!!! Deer in Thai curry sauce makes me salivate!!! Though I have tasted weird meats in the Philippines, I would love to taste meats not found here. I would definitely list tasting kangaroo and deer meat in my bucket list.

          2. Deer in curry sauce would be great too!….In Sweden you can get reindeer out in some restaurants. I had that once cooked in a cranberry based sauce. Quite good!

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