Come Kinsale Away... (More Ireland Adventures)

Less than an hour bus ride from Cork City is the charming seaside town of Kinsale. My aunt, uncle, and cousins spent a year living in this adorably colorful town and fell in love. They insisted I visit while on my trip to Ireland - how could I refuse?

Practically every restaurant in town has a “Michelin guide-recommended” sticker in its window, so I doubt you can go wrong, but here are the spots I tried on my two days in Kinsale:

Restaurants:

1. OHK Cafe - One of the newest additions to town is a health food cafe located inside a transformed old pub. If you’re sick of traditional meat and potatoes or pub fare, this is the place for you. Lots of vegan options and locally sourced ingredients - I tried a fantastic toasted sandwich with ham and Irish cheddar, served with a mug of cauliflower, garlic, and rosemary soup. Fantastic coffee here too.

2. Centra - Step inside this Kinsale supermarket to get your hands on a 99 ice cream cone! The creamiest soft serve I’ve ever tasted, served with a stick of chocolate. Under two euros for this tasty treat!

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3. The Bulman - An award-winning Irish pub located near the Charles Fort. They have a more formal restaurant upstairs, but you can get the same great quality food while perched on a barstool on the ground floor. My uncle’s favorite thing to eat here was the pork ribs, so I had to get my fingers dirty and try some! They didn’t disappoint.

4. Jo’s Cafe - Cute downtown cafe perfect for cozying up on a rainy day with a good book. I loved their dark chocolate mocha and their banana walnut scone, served with Devonshire cream and raspberry jam.

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5. The Black Pig - My favorite meal in Kinsale! I got the Mushrooms on Toast - perfectly cooked local mushrooms served on a piece of garlic bread with a side salad. The Black Pig also has the most extensive wine list in town so I tried a glass of a natural Italian red wine from Emilia Romagna - totally unique and totally delicious.

6. Bastion - One of the finer dining spots in town, serving a tasting menu as well as a la carte dishes. I didn’t have enough days in Kinsale to try every place I wanted to visit, but I popped in here for a dessert after my dinner at The Black Pig. Although I thought the price a bit high for the portion size, I loved the flavors in their caramel & banana sponge cake.

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Other spots to visit:

7. Charles Fort - Talk a walk along the “Scilly Walk” following the water for some of the most gorgeous Irish landscapes and end with a tour of this historic fort. Seriously breathtaking views!

8. The Greyhound and Market Bar - Cozy bar perfect for an intimate drink. Real fireplaces in every nook, long candles illuminating dark tables, and affordable drinks.

9. Farmer’s market - If you’re in town on a Wednesday, pay a visit to the Kinsale farmer’s market! It takes place every Wednesday morning from about 10am-2pm, with loads of local produce, bread, and fun food vendors.

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