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For all you foodies out there, I thought you might enjoy a quick peek at our trip to the English Market in Cork, Ireland. Cork is in the south-western region of Ireland and is the second largest city and the third most populated in Ireland. There’s a lot to do in Cork but it was a very rainy day and since we were just passing through, a few hours drooling at the market was the perfect plan. The English Market has a fascinating history dating as far back as 1786. That’s before the United States had it’s first president! The market officially opened in August of 1788 and continues to thrive today.
I guess you’re not surprised that I started this post with pictures of dessert. How can you pick just one … or two?
The round chocolates with raisins and nuts look just like some Sue at the View from Great Island just posted on her blog.
There are many places to eat but this portion of the market has an upstairs restaurant. We just walked and snacked and gathered bags of goodies to take with us on our travels. I only wish I could have bought fresh produce because it all looked amazing.
There are entire sections of just poultry, or beef and seafood. The market is well organized, clean and super friendly.
I have no idea what all these are but I want some! To spend a day, or two, or three with a pastry chef in Ireland would be pretty amazing.
Those are the happiest carrots I’ve ever seen – and yes carrots can be happy. They must have the best soil because everything looks and tastes so fresh and pure.
The Market is in the center of downtown Cork so city dwellers probably shop here on a regular basis.
I must have stopped at the olives 4 or 5 times. If I lived there I would be buying little bags of these gems weekly!
If you happen to visit The English Market, allow yourself plenty of time to browse. My husband and his sister-in-law Rita and I all took off in different directions. Occasionally we would run into each other and open our bags to show the treasurers we found. We were like kids going trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Bread, bread, bread. I love rustic loaves!
There are small yarn shops, vintage clothing stores, jewelry and even a Turkish Barber Shop where my husband got shave. He was thrilled.
Did I mention that I love olives? They have an amazing variety of tapenades and olive cheese mixtures.
Back at the bread again – I am so predictable!
Poultry and eggs, and eggs and poultry.
Oh the fish – there was so much fish!
I don’t think I would try these – I’m not that brave!
He looks like he’s trying to reach out and bite those passing by. He’s not really painted blue – they have blue lights that probably make the fish look fishier or something.
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Check out our other posts about our adventures in Ireland:
- Cobh, Killarney, Doolin & the Cliffs of Moher
- Cashel Ireland
- Dublin & Portlaoise Ireland
- Dingle Ireland
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.