For luxury accommodations, you have two options within the city, plus several others some
distance away. The more convenient luxury options are the Clarion Hotel , which offers
river views in addition to the usual amenities; and Hayfield Manor , Cork's only 5-star
Eating in Cork
In terms of its culinary scene, Cork is definitely closer to Dublin than it is to Galway - that
is, it's highly eclectic and international, but it's sometimes tough to find a real, traditional
Irish meal. If you're looking for authenticity, your best option may be to stop in at the local
pub and ask if they have a working kitchen. If they don't, they can pro-bably recommend a
place that does.
Other notable options include:
Cork English Market (Grand Parade, South Mall)
This traditional covered market feels a lot like the ones you'd find in Britain or even Italy
or Spain, but the food is distinctively Irish. Amongst the huge variety of foods on offer
here, you'll find plenty of Irish favorites like sausage, stew, and all manner of potatoes.
Fenn's Quay (5 Fenns Quay)
Upscale renditions of traditional Irish favorites alongside more cosmopolitan European
fare. It's an excellent family restaurant for those who can afford it, and it has one of the
best wine cellars in Cork.
Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (4-5 South Main Street)
Tacky? Yes. Surreal? Yes. Pretty much the opposite of a traditional Irish meal? Ab-solutely.
But the food is actually really good. It's a tiny shrine to American celebrity memorabilia,
comic books, movies, and food. Not exactly what you'd call a slice of home, but a fascin-
ating look at the way Ireland views America.