It is one of the oldest of its kind. Trading as a market since 1788, it pre-dates most of the other markets like it. Indeed, Barcelona's famous Boqueria market did not start until 80 years after The English Market first started to serve the people of Cork. It has survived the Famine, revolutions, wars, fire and economic decline.
The Market has adapted down through the years and now offers a larger range of produce than it did in times past. In times past, most of the shoppers were shopping on a cheaper budget or haggling with the stall owners in hopes of even better deals! A thing that can still be seen today if you feel up to the challenge!
Nowadays thanks to the heightened emphasis placed on health and nutrition, coupled with the popularity of travelling abroad, the market has developed into a cornucopia of exotic fruits, vegetables and meats; tastes and flavours to cater for a diverse population.You can stroll through the market and see traditional butchers and confectionery stalls alongside organic foods, alongside espresso and handmade chocolate stands. The quality of produce being sold in the market today is of the highest standards, supported by the long standing Irish tradition of friendly and personal service.The market is a must see when in town for the day. The atmosphere is reminiscent of bygone times and especially on a wet and windy day its nice to stroll through and remember that as much as things change, they stay the same. So drop by and have a look around, you'll be glad you did.
You can easily find all the stalls, restaurants, bars, cafe's or places listed above by checking in the map area.The Market is open from early morning till 5.30pm. Monday till Saturday Access via Princess Street, Grand Parade and Oliver Plunkett Street.