Patrick Street ("Pana" to the locals) is where the high street chains & department stores are to be found. For the smaller shops, check out the side streets which branch off Patrick Street - there's something for everyone :)
Out in the suburbs, the biggest shopping centre is Mahon Point but it's pretty souless and the traffic is normally crazy, especially on weekends - you have been warned!!
What to buy: Tripe & Drisheen in the Enlish market - if blood sausage & the lining of a sheeps stomach poached in milk is something you think you'd like to try!!
Liam Ruiseal is is the oldest bookshop in Cork. It specializes in books and maps about Cork, as well as Irish-interest books.
What to buy: Look for antique books of Irish History, especially the southern region around Cork. Also look for books of poetry from 18th & 19th century authors
What to pay: Prices vary from as little as 15 Euro for a tourist type book to a few hundred for an antique volume, sometimes more
If you like malls, you might appreciate a look in with the following places. Note that we're not talking US size malls and you won't want to set aside more than 4 hours for these places. Most of these places should be accessible by bus from the bus station.
Blackpool Shopping Centre - About 1 mile north of town, on the way to Limerick / Blarney. A one level mall with a a large Dunnes at one end. It has electrical, phone, jewellry, newspaper, bargain, computer games stores. The other end houses a large Soundstore for audio / home electrical equipment. Across the road (within walking distance) there is a another development with an Argos, Atlantic Homecare, Maplin, Reid Furniture.
Blackrock Shopping Center - Middle of nowhere, about 3 miles south east of town. Two level mall with a Debenhams at one end and a Tesco at the other. Lots of clothes shops. Contains an Easons and GAME store. Complex has a large food court and multiplex cinema. I remember when this part of Cork was mud flats and estuaries. Now it's a motorway and out of town development. Ah progress!
Douglas Court Village - Douglas, about 3 miles south of town. A maze-like arrangement on a single level. Houses a large Dunnes and numerous medium size and small stores of most kinds - NEXT, Sam McCauley chemists, Boots. Closeby is an aging multi-screen cinema and a less developed shopping centre housing a Tesco store.
Wilton Shopping Centre - 2 miles west. Recently enlarged, this single level mall boasts a Roches at one end and a huge Tesco at the other. In between are various and mostly small outlets. The new extension is filling up with tenants and has some larger outlets.
Ballyvolane Village - 5 miles west in Ballyvolane. A new development which is still filling with tenants. Houses a largish Dunnes and a handful of smaller stores. Mildly notable for containing the only Dixons chain electrical store in Cork.
What to buy: Malls in Ireland are considerably more practical than those in the US. You're not going to see stores selling baseball memorabilia, Discovery stores etc. Expect the emphasis to be on day to day items with fashion & jewellry stores making the odd appearance.
Most malls in Ireland have a supermarket such as Tesco / Dunnes at one end with small to middling stores around them. Both Dunnes and Tesco sell food, clothes and other items. Dunnes sells more homeware than Tesco.
What to pay: Regular highstreet prices. Both Tesco & Dunnes can be exceedingly cheap for certain items.
On a Saturday morning at about nine o'clock a few stalls open up in the community park in Douglas, Bus No. 7. Ther you'll find freshly smoked salmon, superior! Home made fish cakes and home cured meats. Lots of jams and preserves. Local cheeses. Breads, cakes, Indian somosas etc, etc.
Boots is a nice little store to pick up most your needs such as shampoo, film, cold medicine, etc. Clerks were very helpful and everything was clean and well organized. Similar to a Walgreens or CVS pharmacy in US.
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