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The 10 best places in Cork to settle in with a good book


1. Alchemy Coffee and Bookstore, Barrack Street

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A recent yet old school addition to one of Cork’s best loved streets. Great coffee, arty decor and stimulating conversations about what you’re reading at the ready.

2. The Bookshelf Cafe, South Mall

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The perfect place for bookworms to hide out. Good coffee, comfy chairs and cosy atmosphere. All you need now is a good read.

3. Cork Coffee Roasters, Bridge Street

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Hip yet cosy all at once and serving some of Cork’s finest home roasted coffees. Help yourself to one of the free books on display if you’ve run out of stock.

4. Gulpd Cafe, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street

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Cork’s coolest art house cafe with good tunes and plenty of space to delve into a good read. The food and drinks on the menu are also a treat.

5. Filter, George’s Quay

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Hip to the groove with its own range of speciality coffees including the Filter Cold Brew Coffee. A hang out spot for Cork’s trendiest, you could spend the day turning pages and sipping a freshly roasted coffee.

6. Vikki’s, Sunday’s Well Road

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A gem of a coffee shop and deli in one of Cork’s most historic, well heeled areas. Big sofas and a gorgeous outside patio area provide ample space for reading.

7. Theatre Tea House, Kyle Street

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Gorgeous light, airy space for taking your time over a good book. Fab fodder and liquid fuel too.

8. Farmgate Cafe, The English Market

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A book lover’s paradise. Absorb the atmosphere of the English Market on the upstairs balcony and get lost in time and space.

9. Myo, Pope’s Quay

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Compact and bijou with a welcoming, arty atmosphere, while away the day by the River Lee with a good read.

10. Idaho Cafe, Caroline Street

One of Cork’s friendliest independent cafes. Staff won’t mind readers passing a few hours here but make room for the lunchtime rush or you’ll get squashed!

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