Cork’s English Market
One of the coolest features of Cork city is the presence of the English Market in the centre of the flat of the city.
It’s a magical little piece of old world shopping. Stalls crammed next to each other in a quaintly architectured (can you say that?) building in the middle of Cork. Prices are good and selection is extremely varied. Folks from all walks of life can be seen perusing the stalls looking for the mundane, the unusual, a bargain or that one thing that can be found nowhere else.
Personally, it reminds me strongly of many of the old world-style markets I’ve seen around the world: Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh, the Grand Market Hall in Budapest, the Russian Market in Pnom Penh or the farmer’s market in St Petersburg, Russia. A myriad of vendors are elbowed in next to each other selling fresh seafood, sundries, wine, leather, keys, fabrics, yarn and you name it. Throw in a number of coffee shops, smoothie bars and a couple of restaurants and that’s Cork’s English Market. It’s fabulous. You could spend a good part of your day wandering the place.
This is a definate do-not-miss if you’re in Cork city.
I think, in this case, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Patrons overlook the market’s entrance.
Fountain feature at the market entrance.