The Best Coffee Shops (in our humble opinion!) in Cork City

After a couple weeks of hard work 😛 , trying to find the best place in Cork City to have a coffee, a cup of tea or hot chocolate with friends, we are proud to present our top 5  for our dear participants :

 5) O’Conaill’s Chocolate Shop

The weather this week was perfect to drink a good hot chocolate, so we decided to go to O’Conaill’s Chocolate Shop for an after-work treat. They offer a large range of hot chocolates, with several combinations: regular milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, or milk/white, milk/dark, and so on. We paid 2.75€ for a regular size and regular chocolate, which is not expensive. If you prefer coffee or tea, you can also find some there. You can also buy take-away chocolates, which can be quite handy as the shop closes at 6pm.

There is nothing special to say about the atmosphere there, it is a nice place if you want to relax with some friends. We loved the chocolate chips given with the chocolates.


Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

Sun: 11:00 – 17:00

16 French Church Street (off Paul Street, near Tesco), Cork City

4) Farmgate Cafe

Upstairs in the English Market you will find the Farmgate Cafe. It is a beautiful place as you can see the sky through the roof, and has a good decoration. But the place is often busy, and the tables are very close together so you do not have any privacy to speak.

When you order your drink or food, you expect to have more fancy extras as it is located in the antique English Market, such as decorations on the coffee or pieces of chocolate, but no. You only have simple drinks or pieces of cake. But we have to say, the food and drinks are so good, and the carrot cake is one of the best you can find in Cork City.

As for the prices: a piece of Carrot cake will cost you 3.5€, 2.70€ for a regular coffee and 2€ for a cup of tea. You can also get sandwiches for 6.5€.

Unit 13 – 19 Princes Street Market, Cork

Mon – Sun: 9.00 – 17:00

3) Cork Coffee Roaster

The Cork Coffee Roaster is located on French Church street, a very lively street in Cork City. You can have your coffee inside the shop, outside on little tables or even take it away. The inside is quite small, and it is a very busy place.

They don’t offer a huge range of coffees, because they make their own coffee, so the quality is really good. They have the basics but you can add extras such as vanilla or chocolate. If you are not a coffee addict, you can also opt for hot chocolate and classic tea of course. You can also have a piece of cake there.

The coffee itself was really good: if you like “real” coffee, you will like the Cork Coffee Roaster. In terms of prices, expect to pay 2.50€ for a small cappuccino, 3€ for a hot chocolate (you can even have marshmallows on it!) and 1.80€ for regular tea. We tried the Carrot cake (3€ for quite a small piece) and it was good but if you don’t like cinnamon don’t try it.

2 French Church Street – Cork City

Mon – Fri: 7:30 – 18:30

Sat: 8:00 – 18:00

Sun: 9:00 – 17:00


2) Fellini’s Tea Room

Fellini’s Tea Room is supposed to be the oldest coffee shop in Cork city. We loved the atmosphere, very cosy and with a bohemian style.

You can find a large range of coffees/hot chocolates/tea…. and amazing homemade cakes! They are mainly Irish cakes, so perfect to discover Irish food: for example, you can enjoy a piece of lemon drizzle, chocolate Bakewell, carrot cake, Red Velvet and scones… You will pay €4.5 for a (huge) piece of cake: two of us didn’t even managed to finish ours, but the owners are very nice and you can ask for kitchen foil and take the leftovers with you for a nice snack. The coffee itself was rated a 7/10 by our coffee expert.

We definitely recommend Fellini’s Tea Room if you’re looking for a nice place to drink coffee or tea with friends in a quiet and rather vintage atmosphere. Plus: you can also go there for lunch, they offer a great range of sandwiches, and also for breakfast.

4 Carey’s Lane – Cork City

Mon – Sat: 09:30 – 18:00

Sun: 12:00 – 18:00

1) Idaho Café

And last but not least…. Idaho Café! It’s our favourite place to have a coffee, and if you love tea as much as we do, you will love this place: they have an amazing organic green tea, and an awesome mint tea. The hot chocolate is also very good, and our coffee expert gave her cappuccino an 8/10. As we also love cakes, we couldn’t resist ordering warmed chocolate cake, delicious, and scones. The service is very good, the place very nice. We had the chance to have our coffee outside, during a warm and dry day and we really enjoyed that. Idaho Cafe has won a lot of awards so it is a safe bet. We recommend it!

In terms of price: 2.60€ for a tea, 2.60€ for a cappuccino, 2.60€ for a scone, and 4.95€ for the warm chocolate cake.

19 Caroline Street, Cork (just Behind Brown Thomas)

Tue – Sat: 8:30 – 17:00

Fri – Sat: 8:30 – 18:00

If you want to try these fantastic coffee shops and get a taste of Irish life, you can do it by doing an internship, studying English or working as Au Pair in Cork city with our amazing programs !



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