One of the many things I really like about Ireland and specifically a lot of towns on the Wild Atlantic Way, is that there are so many small and privately owned coffee shops and small restaurants. Many, if not most, use fair trade coffees and teas and locally sourced produce – lots of home baking! Of course, some are good and some not so good (or just not so much to my taste). The ones I like are the cafes with coffee machines (or individual cafetieres are good too), lots of home made cakes, freshly made salads and good quality artisan bread. I’m not keen on the ‘plastic wrap snacks’ coffee shops where options are restricted to muffins and flapjacks wrapped in plastic with a use by date of sometime in the next 12 months!
Kinsale, the starting point (or end point depending on your direction of travel) of the Wild Atlantic Way is blessed with many great places to drop in for a quick cuppa. From Poet’s Corner to Lemon Leaf , Nine Market Street, The Pantry and The Old Bank House (and many more). I’ve enjoyed the tasty treats and lunches in all and have a hard time deciding which one to check out when I’m in town.
All are relaxed, easy going spots with friendly staff and great quality, local food. That’s not to say that other cafes in Kinsale aren’t equally good, but it seems that I am a bit of a creature of habit and at the moment, these are the ones I tend to frequent.
In the evening when many coffee shops close (some do stay open for evening meals) there are so so many choices of excellent eateries in Kinsale from Italian to Indian to Irish and lots in between … not to mention a few amazing wine bars!