Eating the best of what the city has to offer doesn’t have to empty your wallet. Stick to your budget, support local businesses and taste the best of what’s around all for €6 or less.
Orso Kitchen & Bar is a small restaurant, working closely with a big list of local producers. In the morning, the bar is transformed into a café serving up gourmet coffee and pastries to-go. Orso also offers a sit-down breakfast, for those looking for a healthy fry-up alternative. With flavorful vegetarian and vegan options, even the most die-hard carnivores will leave satisfied. For €6 start your morning with the Greek yogurt and granola bowl, topped with fresh fruit and berry compote.
The Long Valley Bar has been around since 1842, and with age comes great sandwich wisdom. This bar just clenched the top sandwich award in a reader poll on Yay Cork. Sit down and enjoy the ambiance of one of Cork’s oldest bars or take away the €5.50 corned beef sandwich. And don’t hold back – get butter and mayo smeared on the pillowy, fresh white bread. These sandwiches perfect the allusive meat-to-bread ratio that will make you a regular in no-time.
Joe’s+Bros has something for everyone, offering smoothies, acai bowls, salads and sandwiches. It’s a great place to get a health-conscious meal. For a hardy and filling inexpensive lunch, order the Joe’s+Bros incredibly generous €4.50 soup of the day that comes with fresh sourdough bread. The flavors change daily according to the season, ensuring that you get the freshest flavor combinations.
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O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausage is a staple in Cork, in business since 1921. With two locations to pick up one of their massive rolls (the English Market or 14 Winthrop Street), indulging in one of their 9 signature sandwiches (all €6 or less) may become a regular occurrence. If it’s your first time visiting, try the “Cork Boi” for a fiver. This gourmet sausage comes with relish, caramelized onions, ketchup and mayo on a fresh bulky roll. The only lingering hunger you’ll have is for your next visit.
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Son of a Bun in the Victorian Quarter is known for over-the-top burgers and a buzzing atmosphere. If you’re looking for a delicious, vegetarian friendly snack, head in for the lightly battered paneer cheese tossed in hot sauce for €5.50. It’s expertly fried, locally sourced and not too hot for the spice adverse. It’s a decedent treat when you’re craving a little heat!
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Ali’s Kitchen consistently serves up some of the best from scratch food, sourcing from local producers whenever possible. Located in the heart of the city, it’ll be no bother to stop in and pick up the €3.75 Saturday brownie special. The most popular flavor is “Ferrero Rocher” which starts with a brownie base, a layer of hazelnut mousse and is topped with chocolate ganache and toasted hazelnuts.
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