Christmas in Cork

I wanted to share some tips and information for spending Christmas in Cork. So, put your tinsel on and slip your feet in some elf slippers so you can browse these great details to make your holiday in the Rebel City a wonderful one. I’ll start with my personal favourites then share useful links to practical information, like business hours and parking options.

The local sweet shop always makes me feel like I'm on a Hogwarts field trip.

My favourite SHOPPING place for…

Buying Craft Beer, Wine, or Ingredients – Bradley’s Off-Licence

Buying Cookie Cutters and Baker’s Gifts – Brennan’s Cook Shop

Buying a Teapot or Tea Cosy – Hickey’s Hardware on Oliver Plunkett

Chef Gifts – Hickey’s Hardware on Oliver Plunkett

Candy! – Aunt Nelly’s or Mr. Simm’s

Bake Knit Sew: A Recipe & Craft Project Annual (my book)


My favourite EXPERIENCE place for…

Getting Dizzy – Ferris Wheel on the Grand Parade

Escaping the Chaos – Crawford Gallery Sculpture Room

#birthday #boozy #hot #chocolate for my #birthday. #toomanyhashtags #idahocafe

My favourite FOOD place for…

Boozy Hot Chocolate – Idaho Cafe (shown above)

Gingerbread Man Cookie – ABC or Healy’s in English Market

Tea, Scones, and Homemade Jam – Hassetts Bakery

Food with a View – Farmgate Cafe in English Market

Hot Port – Le Chateau

Sausage for Christmas Morning – O’Flynn’s in English Market

Spiced Beef [to cook at home] – Chicken Inn, Durcan’s, or Coughlan’s in English Market

Corned Beef Sandwich – Long Valley Bar (available at lunch only)

Spiced Beef Sandwich – Oyster Tavern (available at lunch only)

Tea Room Experience – Tara’s Tea Room on MacCurtain Street

Afternoon Tea – The Metropole Hotel CorkHayfield Manor

Step Back In Time – Hi-B Bar

Clay-Oven Pizza – Knockout Pizza (no fixed location)

Perfect Dinner – Market Lane

Perfect Pre-Fixe Menu Lunch – Market Lane

Perfect Buffalo Wings – Luigi Malone’s

Perfect Fluffy Pancakes – White Rabbit

Perfect Tuna Sandwich – Bracken’s

Perfect Lunch – Nash 19

Perfect Porridge – Nash 19

French-style Macarons – Idaho Cafe

Perfect Fluffy Potato Cakes – Nash 19


These are up-to-date external sites:

English Market Christmas & New Year’s Hours of Operation

Free Parking Options in Cork City for Christmas 2014

Glow – A Cork Christmas Celebration 2014

Christmas Market on Grand Parade, Cork City

Christmas in Cork

English Market Fountain

Here are links to my previous blog posts about Cork (with one about post-Christmas sales):

Your Guide to Visiting Cork City

Guest Post by Glass of Win: A Day In Cork

Visiting Ireland: An Extended Q&A Session

A Visit to Cork City

A Tale of Two Queues: St. Stephen’s Day Shopping

#Irish #Christmas magic at #Cork's English Market #IrishChristmas

These two posts are specific to food:

Brunch in Cork City

Foodie’s Guide to Ireland: A Collection of Posts & Links

It's beginning to look a lot like #Christmas in #CorkCity


Now come on, Leesiders, comment with your favourites!

#cork city at Christmas.

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