A Locals Guide to Cheap Eats in Cork City

A Locals Guide to Cheap Eats in Cork City

Do you want to eat your way through The Food Capital of Ireland?

If so, this guide is here to help!

In recent years, Cork’s food scene exploded into life. As of 2022, there are 4 Michelin star eateries sprinkled throughout the rebel county. And the growth of quality food shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Unfortunately, Michelin star restaurants don’t come cheap. But there are numerous places dotted around the city that are as delicious and won’t dent your budget.

So with that, these are the best cheap eats in Cork City!

Luigi Malones

In general, Luigi Malones isn’t a budget-friendly restaurant. But that all changes from 12:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

The restaurant’s interior is clean, fresh, and has Italian-style decor. The furniture is fancy but still relaxing and welcoming. And if you’re lucky enough to visit on a warm day, you can sit outside and admire the view of the Crawford Art Gallery.

O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages

O’Flynn’s is the place to eat like a local in an establishment embedded in the city’s history since the 1920s. Today, there are two locations in the city.

The one on Winthrop Street is a cosy store with seating upstairs, downstairs, and outside. While the other is in the famous English Market and is only available for takeaway. But on a sunny day, you can bring it to Bishop Lucey Park, just across the road, and enjoy your meal with a view.

Meals start at €6 for a gourmet sausage in a thick roll. And filled to the brim with items such as onion, peppers, or even potatoes!

Cafe Spresso

Cafe Spresso is a one-of-a-kind in Cork. It stays open until 23:00, specialising in Eastern European cuisine. And is located in Cork’s historic Victorian Quarter.

Inside, you can sample Polish dumplings and Hungarian Goulash. Both nations would both be proud of them. You can also get wraps, ciabattas, baked potatoes, and more. 

You will have trouble spending more than €10 on a meal here.

The Linen Weaver

Famed throughout the UK and Ireland for its rock bottom food and drink prices.

The Linen Weaver is in the heart of Cork’s historic Huguenot Quarter. Small stores, narrow streets, and red brick buildings surround the budget bar/restaurant. Inside, there’s a modern interior and a relaxed atmosphere.

A popular deal in the restaurant is three plates for €14.95. You can get a small pizza, loaded fries, and chicken wings, or mix and match your favourite foods for that price.

It is also by far the cheapest place in Cork for alcohol. You can find pints of beer for only €2.70!

Have a Picnic at Fitzgerald Park

By far the cheapest and most fun way to eat on a budget in Cork!

Pick up some fresh local ingredients at the iconic English Market and take the 15-minute walk to the park. On a summer’s day, you’ll be able to chat and interact with plenty of locals.

There is also a small café here. So you can get your caffeine fix if you need a boost during the day.

Eat Through Corks Food Scene, Not Your Wallet

Cork has seen a renaissance in its food scene. And it’s coming at a price. But if you know where to look and follow the locals, you can still sample the cuisine. And without needing open wallet surgery.


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