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“A 19th century arcade in Cork City” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old English Market/City Market

Old English Market/City Market
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“A 19th century arcade in Cork City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our visit to Cork City didn't get off to a promising start when the shuttle bus from the dock at Ringaskiddy left us off at a dreary strip of the quay on the River Lee. But once we crossed onto Patrick Street, the main thoroughfare, everything changed for the better, with Irish music playing on loudspeakers and banners flying in the breeze. The shops and stores along the street were a mix of old and new, fancy and not-so-much. The real eye-opener was the English Market, a 19th century arcade that seems like an earlier version of today's indoor malls. But this one is a lot more charming than a typical suburban mall, more along the lines of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia or the Lexington Market in Baltimore in that it offers a variety of food stalls, along with other vendors, too. It's a good place to soak up the local flavor for an hour or two.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Really enjoyed our recent visit - bought some bread and cooked ham & chicken for picnic lunch - great value & choice.

Visited July 2014
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“Olde English Market and Cork city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

Drove down to Cork to see the great song-writer Brian Wilson at the Markee (Big Top). Wonderful venue, just wonderful. We stayed a few days and it was just fabulous Cork is such a special City and the people there are absolutely charming. I truly love them and their beautiful City. At the 'Wilson' Concert, the seat assistants were so friendly and made you feel great as you were ushered to your seat, even before the great man made an appearance. Now that would not happen at the O2 in Dublin, I know, I've been to many concerts there. We have genuinely forgotten how to be civil to each other, but not in Cork. I have been to Cork many many times and I always have an amazing time and just had to write about it, just had to. We then spent time in the Olde English Market. What an amazing place. The food that the sellers are selling is truly awesome - you want to buy everything. They are all dressed with the correct uniforms and olde type clothes too(depending if a butcher, fruit seller, cake seller or whatever) and it's just fabulous to see. Now if that was Dublin... do I need to paint an ugly picture? A kindly gentleman we met on entering the Market mentioned that it is called the 'English' market cause back in the day, if you didn't speak English, you didn't sell there. Thank God for English subjugation :). I then mentioned to this gentleman that they treated the British Queen with great respect and dignity on her recent visit and this lovely man just said, "well I wasn't one of them". We all laughed out loud 'cause I for one was surprised by his comment. But t was said in good humour, no malice. And there's a fabulous portrait of the Queen in the Market too, lest you forget her visit. I have travelled all over the world, many times in the last 15 years and Cork is my favourite place. I'll be back there in Nov for my Wife's birthday. Can't wait.

Visited July 2014
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“A must visit whilst in Cork”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful indoor market - great deli style booths - and small specialist clothes shops too - make sure you check out the dress shops near the fountain! The cafe / restaurant upstairs was recommended and was worth the visit - they were busy but didn't keep us waiting too long. Food was delicious but portions could have been a bit larger.
All in all worth the visit

Visited June 2014
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“authentic ye old market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

The English Market is as old as Cork itself and some of the stall holders are there nearly as long! The smells and sounds are a medley to satisfy the senses, the food an abundance of colours. Pick your time to visit and the cork humour and friendliness abounds but when it's busy -trading is the name of the game. Stop off at the fish counter O'Connell's i think - they know all there is about fish and you'll get a recipe at the same time; Don't knock it until you try it!

Visited April 2014
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