If you’ve been following Hello Cork for a while you’ll know that I’m a coffee lover. I drink coffee everyday but I LOVE going out for a coffee at the weekend – it honestly soothes my soul. So if like me you enjoy nothing more than heading out for great coffee and exploring new places then check out the list below. These places are all tried and tested by yours truly and are my firm favorites!
Disclaimer: There are so many great places to try out in Cork that aren’t mentioned below – this list is of my ultimate favourites/regular haunts and they are in no particular order.
Alchemy Coffee and Books
Nestled away on Barrack Street, this coffee shop can be found on a unique street in Cork City with many old qualities of days gone by. This intimate coffee shop features an eclectic mix of furniture, books and is dog friendly too. Alchemy also hosts regular events from live music, art exhibitions, poetry nights and pop up clothes markets – these guys seriously have the game sussed! I recommend starting your day with a coffee at Alchemy and then making your way down Barrack Street to explore Saint Finbarre’s Cathedral and Elizabeth Fort . These famous Cork landmarks are only a stone’s throw away, making Alchemy the perfect spot to begin your day.
The Workshop Tea Rooms
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the City? Then you need to visit the Workshop Tea Rooms. Only a 15 minute drive from the City, this beautiful spot is a mix of a tea room, antiques shop and has a lovely community feel. If the weather allows, you can sit outside in their pretty wild garden area. Make sure to look out for the cups and saucers hanging in the trees, the chickens in the coop and of course the amazing artwork. Alternatively, sitting inside is a real treat as you can explore all the weird and wonderful antiques on display. As we are heading into the winter period don’t forget to try their amazing hot chocolate – some are even served in a pirate tankard!
Photo Credit (Hot Chocolate): Workshop Tea Rooms
This little Italian cafe on Proby’s Quay is an absolute gem. Not only does it serve great coffee, it also serves the nicest little Italian treats. My go-to is a flat white with a cannoli and I ALWAYS sit in the outdoor area. Tiramisu hosts the spectacular view of St Finbarre’s Cathedral and I always feel it’s a sin to sit inside and miss it. So order a coffee, sit back and take in the beautiful views – you can thank me later!
Three Fools Coffee
Three Fools Coffee is a very popular spot due to it’s excellent coffee and friendly atmosphere created by the lads who run it. This coffee shop is in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Grand Parade and is a great spot to soak up the city’s atmosphere. This coffee shop originated from an idea between three friends to make the best coffee they could and it’s fair to say they succeeded. When it comes to coffee these lads know what they are talking about and they provide a wide selection of flavours from only the best seasonal beans. These guys also serve a selection of the well known Huckleberrys Doughnuts – afternoon sorted!
What better way to enjoy your coffee than with a beautiful view? FILTER is a compact little coffee shop on George’s Quay in Cork City. Anytime I go to FILTER I always cross my fingers that a free seat will magically appear because this place fills up fast! I seriously recommend a seat by the window as you will enjoy the picturesque view of the Holy Trinity Church across the river.
Did you know about Porta Filter ? The good guys at FILTER have also created Porta Filter, a pop up coffee shop in St Peters in the Old Town of Cork City. St Peter’s is a visitor centre on North Main Street that hosts a lot exhibitions and events. Porta Filter really intrigues me because it reminds me in a sense of the ruin bars of Budapest and their unique vibe. So next time your passing by, make sure to check out Porta Filter’s secret garden and enjoy your coffee in this little oasis in the City.
Photo Credit: Porta Filter
Priory Coffee Co.
The Priory Coffee Co. is a brand new and much needed cafe in Cork’s Old Town (North Main Street). The most striking aspect of this cafe is it’s heated outdoor seating area. This is a perfect spot to watch the world go by and of course ideal for anyone who is looking for a dog friendly cafe. While the dogs can’t venture inside, there is plenty of space for them in the cosy outdoor area.
Photo Credit (Doggy Sign): Priory Coffee Co.
Located on Tuckey Street in the heart of Cork City, Soma may just be the coolest coffee shop in town. Soma offers a completely different vibe in the sense that it is stripped back, minimalist and very on trend. My recommendation is to try out their tasting menu. This is a great way to try out the coffee you love brewed two different ways or to just try a different bean altogether. Interestingly, Soma also host plenty of coffee based events so these guys are definitely one to watch.
Photo Credit: Soma
Cork Coffee Roasters
Another “must visit” cafe is Cork Coffee Roasters. Cork City is lucky to have two of these cafes, one on Bridge Street and another on French Church Street. These guys are serious about coffee and I would really recommend them. What I particularly love about French Church Street is the cosy (and instagramable) snugs where you can hide away from the world with your coffee. Also the decor is a combination of marble tables, mini chandeliers and neon lights – how cool is that?
Union Grind Espresso Bar
Last but certainly not least, is Union Grind Espresso Bar on Union Quay. These guys may just be the most creative coffee shop in Cork City. They really take their coffee to the next level – did you try their Easter Special? Essentially it was a coffee in an Easter egg – dreamy! Then things escalated when they added chocolate sauce, cream and marshmallows! Fingers crossed they’ll do a Christmas version.
Thanks for reading.