Commerce began on this site as the result of a 1610 charter of King James. The building that first covered this old English style food market was designed by Sir John Benson and built in 1881. A fire wreaked havoc here in 1980, but the market was subsequently rebuilt. Today it is known as Ireland's best. It is a paradise for lovers of good food, and known as Princes Street Market, or as the locals refer to it, the Covered Market.
- A large variety of fresh fish is available for purchase, including flatfish, eels and langoustines, salt cod, and smoked salmon
- Stalls offer the best in cheeses - Gubbeen from West Cork, Cashel Blue and Maighen from Tipperary/, and Benoskee from Dingle
- The Alternative Bread Co. serves a large selection of handmade bread sand the Olive Stall provides olive oil, soap, and imported olives from Italy, France and Spain
- O'Reilly's sells speciality meats such as tripe (cow's stomach), and drisheen (blood sausage)
- Many of the local restaurant operators take advantage of the variety and convenience of the market, which also contains a bookshop, barber shop, and a pleasant café where visitors can rest and watch the activity of Cork life pass by
English Market. Image by William Murphy