I love going shopping in Cork city. Its such a quirky beautiful place. I popped into Cork with my camera to do some shopping last week and though why not do a little shopping guide! Im also going to give an honorable mention to one of my oldest friends and fellow blogger Grace Mc Nulty from Style me G for taking me around to all the little boutiques last summer and really opening my eyes to what Cork as to offer! So here we are, a list of places I go in the city and also specifically the places I visited last time I was in Cork last week!
The English Market
The English Market is a wonderful place. Its a huge building full of different little food shops and on the upper level is an amazing restaurant called Farmgate. My favorite places to go here are: The chocolate shop, Iago the cheese-mongers and my absolute favorite is this little shop that sells yummy health food snacks and lovely beauty products from brands like Bia Beauty and Bomb Cosmetics.
Miss Daisy Blue
This is justifiably Corks most famous vintage store. Its a beautiful bright, charming shop with lovely friendly staff. I picked up two cardigans last week when I was in there and am so excited to start wearing them! There is such a huge amount of stock to look through but its all laid out so nicely it doesn’t t have that overcrowded cramped feeling that some vintage shops have. There are rails of brightly colored prom dresses that when you look at them you cant help but smile! Going into this shop whether I buy something or not is always a happy experience!
Mercury Goes Retrograde
Firstly I think I just fell in love with this shops name, very cool! Mercury Goes Retrograde is less into prom dress and more like cool slogan t-shirts. But that it not to say you cant find more feminine pieces! I have never left without picking something up! I got a lovely grey tweed blazer in there last week. Its so beautiful! The lady who works there is so sweet too! Its the perfect shop for a good leisurely rummage on a Saturday!
Samui is very much an upmarket boutique. It stocks a really exciting variety of designers such as Rag and Bone, Helmut Lang, MSGM, Peter Pilloto and Irish designer taking the world by storm Danielle Romeril. I have not yet bought anything here, but its very inspiring to have a look through.
Amity stocks vintage inspired clothing at quiet a reasonable prices. Its the sweetest shop to go into always full of bright colors! I don’t always see something that grabs me but there’s always a lot of tea dresses and prints and some cute jewellery to look at!
This is where I had lunch last time I was in the city. I loved it! My mother often had lunch from their take out menu but had never actually sat down in there and as I was anxious to try it out that’s where we decided to have lunch! It was beautiful. I had chicken and pasta in a lemon cream sauce. Heaven! I think they had the friendliest staff of anywhere I have ever eaten. There is also a gallery in the back so after lunch we looked at the exhibition that was on at the moment.
Perry Street Market Cafe
Later in the day we went for desert in the Perry Street Market Cafe. I had the most decadent brownie ever! It was very rich yet seemed to melt in my mouth. I’m a bit of a brownie addict and this would rank quiet highly on my list! I really want to bring my brother and my boyfriend there next time we’re in Cork. They’d absolutely love it! As well as being a cafe it’s also a gourmet food shop. I bought Goji and Pear tea which is so tasty and also empty tea bags for putting loose tea leaves in! I had never seen these before and I freaked out a little. I love my tea but for going to college its too much hassle to bring loose tea leaves no matter how much I enjoy that tea. But now I can! It has seriously revolutionized my life.
So there are some of my favorite places to go in Cork city! If this post is popular I might do a part two at some point and maybe do little guides for other towns and cities I like! Until next time, peace and love, Isabel! xxx