I've lived in Cork all my life and I've never lived in a house that was more than 10 minutes away from the heart of the city. I went to school in the city and owned a business in the city so I have my old favourites and new haunts when it comes to hanging around here for a few hours.
In an ideal world, every week, I'd spend a whole day hanging around this city but we never really get the chance. Nonetheless, here's my perfect day in Cork city.
We'd go to either Perry Street Market Cafe or Zamora for breakfast. Both are relatively new and have never disappointed me. In Zamora, I'd have the eggs benedict and in Perry Street, I'd go for the porridge.
Next, we'd head to Nancy's favourite shop in town, Pinocchio's on Paul Street. A beautiful shop full of wooden and old fashioned toys. We'd spend a good bit of time in here so as thanks for letting us play with all the toys, we'd buy a small gift for Nancy. We'd have to stop off at O'Conaills on French Church Street for a hot chocolate. I highly recommend the dark chilli hot chocolate.
Just a few minutes away on Drawbridge Street is Mercury Goes Retrograde. Trying on all the glitzy 80's dresses and colourful 60's shift dresses, we'd easily spend another half an hour in here before leaving with a bargain.
We'd cross the river and pop into Vibes and Scribes on Bridge Street to pick up some craft supplies for another day before heading up to Tara's Tea Rooms on MacCurtain Street and pick a cosy table for some lunch.
We'd stroll back down through the city and head into the English Market to buy our dinner to cook at home but not without stopping at Miss Daisy Blue to drool over their amazing vintage pieces as well as popping into Peacock & Ruby on our way out of the Market Parade before we head home.
If we had more time and bigger appetites, we'd make a trip to Mother Jones Flea Market, Coqbull, Amity, Plugd and Paradise Crepe Restaurant.
It's not huge city so it's just right to visit all the beautiful small businesses, cafes and restaurants in one perfect day.