Cork offers a wide variety of shopping possibilities. Patrick Street in the city centre is the traditional shopping area, with a wide range of department stores including Penneys, Dunnes and Debenhams. The city also boasts large, fashionable outlets, such as Brown Thomas, Jack and Jones and French Connection as well as shopping malls including Merchant's Quay which is home to Crisis, California, M&S and Brian De Staic Jewellers. Opera Lane is the newest addition to Cork’s retail district. This pedestrianised street provides a range of retail outlets including River Island, H&M, TopShop, GAP, Next, New Look, Vila, Kuyichi, CC Viyella and Compu-B.
Mahon Point Shopping Centre which is sure to impress with one of the most memorable shopping experiences in Ireland! ‘Shop till you drop ‘in Cork’s largest shopping centre with brand names such as A/wear, Bershka, Carraig Donn, Clarks Shoes, Champions Sports, Best Menswear, Zara, Monsoon, Pamela Scott and many more.
If your shopping needs have not been expended by the above, Cork also offers the fashion guru Wilton Shopping Centre, Blackpool Shopping and Douglas Shopping Centre. Towns such as Mallow, Midleton and Bandon also have shopping centres to cater for your shopping needs!
Cork is famous for its food too. Country markets and farmers' markets can be visited throughout the city and county. The English Market is an indoor market on Grand Parade in the city, and has been in operation since 1788. The mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from afar alongwith long standing family run stalls contribute to the unique appeal of this market. HM Queen Elizabeth II visited the English Market on May 21st 2011.