Ireland is an island like no other, lush and expansive, surrounded by the Alantic ocean and the Irish and Celtic seas, all brimming with gorgeous fish and shellfish. The country is known for its many seafood delicacies, including lobster, salmon, cod, and mackerel, all brought from the boat to your plate in a matter of hours.
When you get a hankering for fried seafood, there is nothing quite like Irish fish and chips. There is something very special about the taste of fish and chips eaten on the Emerald Isle. It may be the fresh, seaside air, or the strange and spicy curries offered alongside traditional tartar sauce. Whatever the reason, Irish fish and chips are a standout. Luxurious slabs of delicate Cod are deep fried in airy beer battered perfection, sprinkled with tangy malt vinegar, and served in a traditional newspaper wrap. Locals wash it all down with a bubbly lime soda or locally brewed lager. Dubliners flock to Leo Burdocks on Werberg Street. At this famous “take away” restaurant, all meals are packed to go and are often enjoyed in nearby St.Patrick's park. Just north of the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the park is a peaceful place to eat this yummy meal and relax for a while.
Whether you decide to get “take away” or sit down in a seaside restaurant, like Fishy Fishy shop and chippie in Kinsale, County Cork, get ready for a simple, beautiful delight. Items such as a fish stew served piping hot with wild-caught fish show up on the menu whenever available. Another truly authentic Irish experience can be found at Cork English Market. This traditional Irish market has been around since 1788. It’s a great place for people-watching and easy to find in a vintage building right off Patrick Street.
If you happen to find yourself up North, in Belfast, on a Sunday, check out Sunday Market. This newer market offers more than just food. You can shop for unique souvenirs amidst the local arts and crafts. And, the Belfast Festival held at Queen’s College in October is a vibrant musical event. Guests have included legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Dizzy Gillespie. Whatever you choose to do, wherever your travels take you, a journey to Ireland will surprise you — offering up new tastes, sights, and sounds around every corner.