Leah Fairman By Leah Fairman

| 26 March 2024

Best Irish Foodie Hotspots

There’s no doubt about it, one of the best things about travelling is, well, the food! Sampling local cuisine, discovering new dishes and meeting passionate producers is a big part of any foodie’s dream holiday. Luckily, Ireland is home to some incredible culinary hotspots, from Michelin starred restaurants to farmers’ markets selling delicious local produce. Here, we’ve put together a guide to three counties well worth visiting when it comes to tasty delights; Cork, Sligo and Waterford. If you fancy extending your stay to discover more hidden gems, remember – there are almost 350 hubs dotted around the country. You can use our simple online booking system to reserve a desk, should you need to get some work done during your foodie staycation.

The English Market, Cork [via Ireland’s Content Pool]

Cork

When it comes to choosing an Irish getaway destination, Cork really has it all. From bustling Cork City to the wild beauty of the west, there really is something for everyone. And when it comes to food enthusiasts, there’s lots on offer too! The charming town of Ballydehob in West Cork is home to Chestnut, a small and intimate Michelin starred restaurant inspired by nature and featuring a range of local seasonal ingredients on its menu. Another fantastic Michelin option is Dede, a Turkish restaurant located in the historic fishing village of Baltimore. Or, if you’d prefer to browse local artisan produce in the People’s Republic, be sure to visit the famous English Market in Cork City, as well as the acclaimed farmer’s markets in Skibbereen, Bantry and Bandon.

Cork hubs: Culture Co-Working (Cork City), Ludgate Hub (Skibbereen), Bantry Bayworks.

Sligo

There’s plenty going on in the west of the country too, when it comes to food worth travelling for. Sligo has several mouth-watering options, which you can check out on the official Sligo Food Trail. One such highlight is Montmarte, a delicious French eatery located in the heart of Sligo town. These guys focus on local ingredients and the finest French wines – a real recipe for success, if you ask us! Visiting the gorgeous coastal town of Strandhill? Be sure to check out Shells Cafe, a bright, beachside café and shop that’s full of charm (and does a great breakfast). Grab a scoop of homemade ice-cream afterwards from Mammy Johnston’s; this family-run establishment that has been serving up sweet treats on the seafront for almost 100 years.

Sligo hubs: The Building Block (Sligo town), Easkey Wild Atlantic Hub, Ballintogher Hub

[The Waterford City Food & Craft Market, via Ireland’s Content Pool]

Waterford

Finally, to the sunny south-east! Waterford boasts a whole host of fabulous eateries – first up, Beach House in Tramore. This delightful seafood restaurant is located in a Victorian townhouse and has unsurprisingly earned a Michelin star. While you’re in the town, be sure to visit Seagull Bakery, where you’ll find artisan sourdough breads lovingly made by Sarah Richards, as well as a whole host of delicious pastries and treats. Momo in Waterford City meanwhile is also well worth a visit, with its fresh and healthy cuisine celebrating local food produce. If you’re there on a Saturday, be sure to stop by the Waterford City Food & Craft Market. Finally, the West Waterford Festival of Food takes place in and around Dungarvan from April 19th – 21st... don’t miss it!

Waterford hubs: Boxworks (Waterford City), Dunhill Ecopark, Dungarvan Enterprise Centre.

Those are just three counties boasting exceptional culinary options, but of course there’s a whole country to explore! Remember, wherever you find yourself, you’re never too far from a Hub. These spaces offer a variety of facilities, from desks to podcast recording studios. Browse them all, here.

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