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Old English Market/City Market

Grand Parade, Cork, Ireland (Centre)
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Ranked #1 of 23 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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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

A very impressive market, full of good quality produce, not just English or Irish, but from all over the world. Dotted around are very good cafes, with cakes to die for. If you are in Cork city centre, it is must to see

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

I wish we had one of these in Houston. Very cool experience seeing all the meats and specialty foods for sale. Some have hot food to eat too.

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West Yorkshire
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374 reviews 374 reviews
134 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy food you will love a stroll around this market seeing so many fresh products that you will definitely not find in a supermarket. Took me back to my younger days seeing different types of country meat like fresh rabbit. Don't go when you are hungry or you will be buying so many gorgeous treats, although there is... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

This is the go to place when visiting Cork. There's no better way to experience the citys soul. Have a tea in the upstairs restaurant and watch the people before talking your time walking through the market stands.

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Ellensburg, Washington
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118 reviews 118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Great variety of food and foodies should not miss this place. Plenty of photos of the Queen's visit a few years ago that are fun to see. More locals than tourists and this is a real, working market. Great place for a snack, meal or cup of tea.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is an interesting exteneded "farmer's market" type of atmosphere with an Irish flare. there are lots of food and meat vendors as well as a number of specialty shops. It looks like it is geared more for the locals to shop for fresh staples (meat, vegetables etc.). It's interesting but it's isn't something I would put on the top... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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23 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a unique element of Cork life that should always be experienced when in the vicinity. The food stalls are excellent and the lads serving are always up for a chat and advice on how to prep / serve the food. A real must and always ask for a sample at the pre prep'd food stalls, you wont be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A real traditional market which unfortunately we don't see enough of. Our wander through the English market was thoroughly enjoyable as we viewed the produce we wish we could find at home.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I am not someone who normally enjoys shopping in markets but this market is completely different from the norm. A haven of delicious foods and quality produce. Alongside nifty little shops selling various different items. You could literally spend hours in here. cafes looked really good also but unfortunately I had already eaten so couldn't try them out. I will... More

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My husband is from Cork so this is one of our favorite "go to" places when we are in town. Our kids love looking at the appetizing displays and meats, seafood and fruits & veggies. The place is spotless! The smells are enticing from sausage and peppers to coffees. Our oldest daughter is a huge fan of Andrew Zimmern and... More

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