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Old English Market/City Market

Grand Parade, Cork, Ireland (Centre)
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Ranked #1 of 22 Shopping in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Traveler Description: "The English Market" in Cork City is an amazing shopping destination and, even more, an interesting cultural destination, just off the main shopping... more »
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Montville, New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The majority of the vendors in the Old English Market sell meats, seafood and produce. Not much for a tourist to see or buy. There is a nice cafe upstairs though where we got coffee and scones for breakfast.

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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

After HRH Queen Elizabeth's visit and Rick Steve's effusing praises, we thought this was a must do. Well, do not. It is a one storey, small square footage, mostly raw seafood, meat, and vegetable market. Great for locals, not for tourists. Instead, on your bucket list of great farmers markets: Pike Place in Seattle, Quincy Market in Boston, Queen Victoria... More

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Milford, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Always love food shopping here. The atmosphere is tremendous with great vendors selling their wares. Sausages are delicious ant the best smoked haddock.

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

When ever we are back in West Cork I like to go to the market. The architecture is beautiful and the place has a great feel to it as you walk around. There are a great couple of retro shops to visit as well as delicious chocolate stall. If I lived near there I would happily get my weekly shop... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

First thing to note is that this is a food related market, there are some other bits about yet it is food you come here for.. I remember going to the English market many years ago and then it really was a full-on thriving market.. that seems to have changed.. (possibly with the 'times'?).. It is still a wonderful place... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This market is quaint and has an array of items on offer at different stalls. The chocolate stall at the entrance has some great feature items such as chocolate asparagus and sardines. Nice butchers and fruit and veg stalls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is such a fun place. There are so many choices for lunch. And you can take your selections to a lovely park across the street. there are so many good foods to takeout. there are samples. There is a wonderful pastry shop. there is a really good bread shop. don't miss this. parking nearby is also reasonable.

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London, United Kingdom
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great farmers market in the middle of Cork city, however if you're a tourist, passing through and looking for a market that sells things other than fresh meat, fish, fruit and veges, this is not the place to go. I'd read reviews of the English Market so I should've known that it was more farmers market than... More

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Chicago
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

I was staying at a rental propery for a few days and needed to shop for groceries along the way, so I stopped in Cork at The English Market, and boy am I glad I did! fantastic selection! Everything I bought was delicious and all the merchants were as nice as could be. An amazing place!

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Trim Co. Meath
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It's been a few years since I've visited the Old English Market in Cork city and boy was I disappointed in the deterioration. After the visit of the Queen I expected to find the place all spruced up and shipshape. Instead the stalls seemed tired and untidy. The Cake shop hadn't bothered to clean the crumbs from the shelves where... More

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