Cork Port was anciently known as “Beallach Coullach” which means the way of the tribes. The harbor houses the Royal Cork Yacht Club; the oldest yacht club in the world. The city of Cork is situated in southwest Ireland and is the largest among the Irish cities. It is also considered to be the city of poets, actors and writers since prominent artists of Ireland come from the city.
Mahon Point is the largest shopping center in the area. It houses several specialty restaurants, high-fashion shops and a 13-screen cinema. The Argos Shop sells almost all kinds of goods, ranging from household items to electronics.
The city’s English market dates back to 1610 and most of the goods displayed include exotic food, spices and local Irish crafts. Food shopping is best done in this market.
Brand new and used books are sold at competitive prices at the Vibes and Scribes Bookshop located within the city center. It has 2 branches; the original shop on Bridge Street and the newer one in Lavitts Quay.
St. Patrick’s Street is the main shopping street in the city and you can find several department stores in the area. Penney’s is known for bargain prices when compared to other stores; it sells all kinds of casual clothing.
Other shopping streets worth visiting are Oliver Plunkett, North Main, Grand Parade and Merchants Quay.
Things to See
You should not miss the famous Blarney Stone; it is kissed by tourists upon arrival. According to tradition, those who kiss the stone will receive the gift of eloquence.
The St Finbar’s Cathedral boasts of its art pieces and architectural details. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Cork; situated behind the Cathedral walls are tall Victorian houses. These houses used to be the residence of priests and clergymen; this area is now home to the city’s artists.
Climb St. Anne’s Church tower and ring the bells yourself. The church is another Christian landmark in Cork and has an interesting history as well. Aside from the bell ringing, you can also check out the salmon-shaped weather vane on top of the tower.
A visit to the colorful harbor city of Kinsale is another must-do activity when you are in Cork. It’s only a 40-minute bus ride from Cork’s center; you will soon find out what makes Kinsale a postcard village.
The Hugenot’s Quarter is named after the French Hugenots who settled in the city during the religious prosecutions of Protestants in the seventeenth century. Now, you can find cafés, trendy boutiques, chic stores and bookshops in the area.
Restaurants and Bars
A popular restaurant in the city is Jacobs on the Mall, located at the South Mall area. The menu is rather expensive but most visitors find the food excellent. Their specialties include the warm chicken liver salad and pecan tart with chocolate ice cream.
Café Paradiso is heaven sent for vegetarian travelers. They specialize in vegetable dishes and they even sell recipe books to visitors. Zaks Restaurant in Marlboro Street is known for its steaks and homemade desserts.