iago

Salinger's

This menswear boutique stocks an eclectic mix of indie labels such as Nigel Hall and Hiltl. It’s an immersive experience; dark wooden floors and leather couches create a rustic scene. The vibe is relaxed with experienced staff on hand to help (but never push). Need a bespoke suit? They are also made-to-measure specialists.

Prime Time

Somewhat of a Cork institution, this store has dressed the city since 1992. Originally catering to the hip-hop and rave scenes of the 1990s and early Noughties, the store has evolved as the city and its cultural scene has too; it now prides itself on delivering “fine clothing for men, women and all others”. Prime Time is still a mecca for youth culture – pick up a flyer or chat to the staff who’ll tell you what nights are coming up and where to go. Moreover, the clothing selection is vast – think brands such as Etnies, DC and Cheap Monday. Get lost in there for a few hours and listen to some good music as you browse.

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  • 8/9 Washington Street
    Cork City
    T12 P447

Olori

This luxurious boutique, a passion project of sisters Sarah-Jane Corbett and Lisa Grainger, is a carefully curated closet of pieces by Irish and international designers. This stylish haven’s selection of clothes and accessories range from timeless classics to investment pieces. Browse the rails against a backdrop of friendly chat, cool crisp interiors and the heady aroma of the Alchimista scents they bring in from Italy. Expect brands such as Nanushka, Catherine Hammel and Filippa K.

Vibes and Scribes

Located along the quays, Vibes and Scribes is a vast, high-ceilinged vault housing everything from obscure reference books to that bestseller you want for easy downtime reading. This iconic riverside bookshop sells both new and secondhand books and helpful staff are on hand to root around the upper shelves for you. Ask them to recommend something from one of the many Irish writers inspired by Cork, such as Frank O’Connor, Seán O’Faolain and, more recently, Kevin Barry and Lisa McInerney.

Iago

Originally a popular stall in the English Market, the owners of Iago made the decision a few years ago to move into a standalone store on Princes Street. Basil pesto aromas greet you on arrival while fresh produce lines the walls and fills the fridges of this iconic specialty food shop. Buy fresh sheep’s milk ricotta and cured meats from the counter, and try to resist the trademark rainbow-coloured olive oil bottles as you exit.

Design Works

Goldsmith Tuula Harrington opened Design Works over 16 years ago, but recently moved to a separate shop on Cornmarket Street. This impressive shop and studio has an open-view workshop, where you might spy one of the three resident goldsmiths working on pieces. Each item is an ode to exquisite gemstones and craftsmanship. Harrington also stocks a range of other designers, focusing on Irish names, and the mix of classic and contemporary designs is refreshing.

Salinger's

Prime Time

Olori

Vibes and Scribes

Iago

Design Works

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