Cork city is located in County Cork Ireland. It’s the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland (after Dublin) and has so much to offer the visitor, with lots of historic buildings, wonderful architecture, a buzzing nightlife scene and lots of opportunities for the avid shopper!
Cork city is a superb shopping destination. The city centre is compact and walkable with many of the streets pedestrianised.
The main shopping street in the city is Patrick Street – which is Cork’s main thoroughfare. It runs from Grand Parade in the south to Patrick’s Bridge in the north and has recently been redesigned as a pedestrian friendly street with wide footpaths and special street lighting. This street is lined on either side with all the international high street stores and some larger stores like Penny’s, Marks & Spencer’s and the fashionable Brown Thomas. Other shops to be found on Patrick Street include A-Wear, Moderne, Argos, Vera Moda, Mango, French Connection, Monsoon, Oasis, River Island, HMV, Benetton and Quills.
Want a Cork hotel on this street? Then stay at the 2 star Victoria Hotel Cork. Hotel accommodation in Cork for shopping doesn’t get better than this, as you’ll only have steps to walk to your hotel room with those shopping bags!
Lying parallel to Patrick Street, you’ll find Oliver Plunkett Street – another major shopping street in Cork. In fact, all the streets connecting Patrick Street and Oliver Plunkett Street are lined with shops. If you want a Cork hotel close to Oliver Plunkett Street then choose a Cork hotel like the Imperial Hotel Cork, which is located on South Mall, The Gresham Metropole Cork Hotel or The Clarion Cork hotel.
Another good Cork hotel which has easy access to these shopping areas is the 2 star Ashley Hotel on Coburg Street, or the 4 star Jury’s Inn Cork hotel on Anderson’s Quay not far from Oliver Plunkett Street. The 3 star Hotel Isaacs on MacCurtain Street is another good choice. This Cork hotel is just a few minutes walk across the River Lee from Patrick Street.
The enthusiastic shopper is sure to enjoy a trip to Mahon Point Shopping Centre – Munster’s biggest shopping centre! It’s Cork’s newest shopping centre and has about 50 outlets which include Zara, Berksha, Oasis, River Island, Lacoste, Monsoon, Next, French Connection, Jane Norman, Pamela Scott, and Debenhams to name a few. It’s located at the edge of Cork city in an area called Mahon and although there’s no Cork hotel nearby – the shopping centre is easily accessible from the city centre as it’s located just off the N25 South Ring Road.
Hope this little guide helps you pick the perfect Cork hotel for your shopping trip! Remember if you’ve any queries on a Cork hotel or Cork city, just get in touch with us using the comment box below.