As the second largest city in Ireland, Cork has long proven popular for shopping breaks. Not only does it contain a multitude of high end and high street stores, but the creative spirit in Cork has contributed to a range of boutiques and street stalls. Once you’re done shopping – if there’s ever such a thing – there’s also a range of relaxing bistros for you to enjoy.
The Imperial Hotel is the most centrally located hotel in Cork. As such, it’s ideally located for an afternoon of exploring what’s on offer in the shops of the city. To help you make the most of your shopping break in Cork, our team have shared their favourite spots.
The Main Street
St. Patrick’s street in Cork city is a bustling hub of shopping. Here you can find everything you require, from books to music, art supplies, homeware and the latest fashion. Large retail stores are located here, such as Brown Thomas, Marks & Spencers and Debenhams. The street is located at the heart of the city, and many of the other streets listed below are interlinked with the main thoroughfare.
Opera Lane is the newest addition to Cork’s shopping scene. This street is filled with high street stores, including Top Shop, River Island, H&M, Office and New Look. If you crave a coffee while shopping, you can also pop into Starbucks for a caffeine hit. This street is one of the most popular with those looking for shopping breaks, Cork.
Oliver Plunkett Street
This pedestrianised street won The Great Street Award in 2016, and it’s clear to see why. The long thoroughfare is thriving with buskers, shops, intimate cafes and historic buildings. Second hand book shops line the streets, and vintage stores make the perfect place to find a unique outfit.
Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre
Located on the main street of Cork city, this shopping centre is ideal for a rainy day. The two storey facility includes a mix of food, fashion and homeware stores.
Corn Market Street
If you prefer shopping under the open sky, this is the street for you. Corn Market Street hosts an outdoor market each Saturday. The assorted stalls sell everything from clothes to toys to homeware, and even musical instruments. It’s also close to the Hugenot Quarter, which is a vibrant collection of cafes and restaurants.
The English Market
If you prefer shopping for food to clothes, this is the perfect place for you. The English Market has a reputation as one of Ireland’s top food fairs, and the indoor hall is full of culinary delights. From fresh seafood to homemade pastries and handcrafted chocolates, you’re sure to find something to your tastes within the market.
If you're interested in taking a shopping break in Cork, book a room at the Imperial Hotel. Not only are we centrally located in the heart of the city, but we also offer special rates.