Rebel insiders share Cork city's hidden treasures

Maura Derrane – co-host of RTÉ’s Today with Maura & Daithi (live from Cork)

Lunch/Dinner: takeaway sushi at Dashi for lunch; tapas at Feed Your Senses 

Coffee:an Americano at Orso 

Bar/Cocktail: wine at Arthur Mayne’s or a cocktail at Cask

Shopping: Brown Thomas is fantastic and the staff are lovely

 • Culture: catching an exhibition, like Harry Clarke, at The Crawford Art Gallery

Hidden Treasure: Hotel Inchydoney and the natural beauty of Clonakilty and Courtmacsherry 

Debbie O’Donnell, Executive editor, Virgin Media Television


Breakfast/Brunch: the Ballycotton Omelette at Café Velo or Idaho Cafe 

Lunch/Dinner: the hake at Dockland 

Coffee: Americano at Cork Coffee Roasters 

Bar/Cocktail: love the buzz at Electric or cocktails at Cask 

Shopping: hidden gems in Opera Lane or Brown Thomas 

Culture: The Triskel Arts Centre 

Hidden Treasure: The Hi-B Bar

Our fashion editor, Annmarie O'Connor


Breakfast/Brunch: grabbing a Sir Henry at 12 Tables, Douglas 

Lunch/Dinner: mushroom ragú on sourdough toast at Dockland; fillet steak at The River Lee hotel’s Grill Room

Coffee: Americano at Three Fools, Grand Parade or The Bookshelf at The Elysian 

Bar/Cocktail: a tipple and tapas at Pigalle or Cask 

Shopping: vintage finds at Miss Daisy Blue; Samui’s avant-garde goodies; closet staples from Bluefig, Ballincollig

 • Culture: sampling the food stalls at Douglas Market 

Hidden Treasure: a walk in Ballybrack Woods or the superlative view from Elizabeth Fort

Gillian Hennessy - PR & marketing manager at Triskel Arts Centre and 2019 president of Network Ireland Cork branch


 • Breakfast/Brunch: the lovely staff and cosy ambience of 12 Tables, Douglas 

Lunch/Dinner: The Cornstore and Good Day Deli 

Coffee: a hot chocolate at Fellini’s 

Bar/Cocktail: Arthur Mayne’s is good fun, especially the cocktail bar upstairs 

Shopping: Silk Peaches in Ballincollig; Grace has a great eye!

Culture: catching a play at The Everyman Theatre 

Hidden Treasure: walking the beach at Garretstown  

Lola Desmond, make-up artist


Breakfast/Brunch: Eggs Florentine at Liberty Grill 

Lunch/Dinner: Orso for lunch; Bunnyconnellan’s, Crosshaven for dinner 

Coffee: a skinny white at Soma Coffee Company

 • Bar/Cocktail: an Espresso Martini at Cask

 • Shopping: unique statement accessories at Bauhaus 

Culture: catching a concert at St Luke’s 

• Hidden Treasure: the luxury treehouse accommodation at Cottages for Couples

Lindsay Woods, Irish Examiner columnist


• Breakfast/Brunch: people-watching and Eggs Benedict at Perry St. Market Cafe 

• Lunch/Dinner: Farmgate in The English Market for lunch; Ichigo Ichie for a special occasion dinner.

• Bar/Cocktail: Tom Barry’s and the Oyster Tavern’s bottomless brunch with the girls in tow 

• Shopping: Pinocchio’s Toys for our children; Salingers and Salingers Little

 • Coffee: a hot chocolate at Cork Coffee Roasters 

• Culture: The Glucksman and The Crawford Art Gallery for new exhibitions and old favourites 

• Hidden Treasure: Good Day Deli at Nano Nagle Place 

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