A local’s guide to the best brunch in Cork

Weekends are made for indulgence, and the best form of indulgence, in my eyes, is to enjoy a delicious brunch made for you by some of the most talented cooks in Cork.

Here are some of my favourite places to go for breakfast in Cork – and one that I hope to visit soon.


Goldbergs in Cork’s Docklands area is probably my favourite place to get breakfast in in the city, especially on a Sunday.

Top-quality food is served on mismatched plates and there’s something for every picky palette to enjoy.

Open seven days a week. Full menu here

Fenn’s Quay

Fenn’s Quay is the worst-kept secret in Cork when it comes to food. Nestled in the oldest terrace of houses in the city, it serves an amazing selection of food, and uses produce from Cork in all the recipes.

Closed on Sundays. Full Saturday brunch menu here and breakfast menu here

James Street 1767

A fairly recent addition to the Cork food (and pub) scene, James Street serves a hearty daily breakfast. I highly recommend the James Street Skillet.

Open seven days a week. Full menu here

Liberty Grill

You know the food is good when there are queues, and there’s always a queue at Liberty Grill on Washington Street. It’s well worth the wait, and the pancakes are to die for!

Closed on Sundays. Full menu here

The Sextant

Another popular spot on a Sunday, the Sextant offers everything from a full Irish to French toast

Open seven days a week and serves brunch on Sundays. Full menu here

Brick Lane

Brick Lane on the South Main Street is a popular pub on weekends, and the perfect place to return to the next morning for the cure.

Bring your appetite with you, because the portions are not stingy.

Open seven days a week. Full menu here

Idaho Cafe

Idaho is a favourite for many in Cork, for both coffee and food. Although it has regularly been awarded the title of ‘Best Cafe in Ireland’, you’ll find no pretentiousness here – just good, Irish food.

Open five days a week, excluding Sunday and Monday. Full menu here

Fresco Bistro

Hidden beneath a modern art gallery on the grounds of UCC is a great restaurant that offers a reasonable breakfast. Pancakes at Fresco as you take in the riverside views of the campus are the ingredients of a satisfying weekend.

Open seven days a week. Full menu here

Arthur Maynes

Where else but Cork can you enjoy coffee and a pastry in the corner of a 120-year-old chemist? Arthur Mayne’s deserves to be on this list for location alone – thankfully the food compliments the atmosphere.

Open seven days a week. Full menu here

Ali’s Kitchen

Full disclosure: I haven’t actually been to Ali’s Kitchen, but thanks to some tasty looking photos and rave reviews from friends, it’s top of my list of new places to try.

Having opened on Rory Gallagher Square in what used to be a popular second-hand bookshop in 2015, owner Ali Honour’s brainchild soon established itself among the Cork foodie favourites.

I’m sure all the photos I’ve seen on social media are a testament to the tastiness of Ali’s Kitchen.

Open seven days a week. Full menu here 

How many of these places have you been to?


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