Live Like A Local

We have completed a map of our top local spots to wine & dine in, as well as visit, all within walking distance from The Other 43. Some are well renowned, others are hidden gems; here’s our Live Like A Local suggestions that we encourage you to try while you’re staying with us. We are happy to help with any reservations or indeed to curate a unique and special itinerary for your visit.

Eat & Drink

1. FoodU Cafe: A few short steps from our door is FoodU Cafe, which is a gathering place for fishermen, business people and everything in between.  If you want to fast track into the heart of what’s happening in Kinsale this is the place to hang out, eavesdrop or join in on invariably lively banter.  Equally you could order a fresh lobster box to bring home and enjoy at the Other 43. 

Recommendation: Breakfast & Lunch.

2. OHK Cafe: Established as The Harp & Shamrock pub in 1864, now the OHK Café. Sister’s Sarah + Carol have created a cool little breakfast bar in the O’Herlihy family home. Their simple morning/daytime menu centres itself on the abundant produce of the local region, strong delicious coffee and the dynamic community of Kinsale.

Recommendation: Breakfast & Brunch.

3. The Bulman is full of character and steeped in history. Their tasty menu and stunning harbour views would satisfy the hungriest ship mate. We can even arrange boat transfer from The Other 43 if desired. 

Recommendation: Lunch, Dinner & Drinks.

4. Bruno’s is a charming Italian restaurant housed in a beautifully restored 15th century watchtower, in the heart of Kinsale.  They specialise in authentic wood-fire pizzas and also serve great salads and pasta dishes only using the highest quality, locally sourced produce . If it’s free, be sure to take the seat at the end of the bar (this is where we like to sit!) 

Recommendation: Dinner.

5. The Black Pig Wine Bar: Step inside the door of the Black Pig and you are transported to another world, with it’s bohemian décor, fabulous staff and some 200 wines by the bottle and over 100 by the glass including organic, biodynamic and natural wines.   Tapas-style menu celebrates delicious, local food.

Recommendation: Dinner & Drinks.

6. The wonderful St. Francis Provisions. Natural wines, small plates & gut feelings. Its ever-evolving menu has taken the Irish foodie industry by storm, since Barbara opened her doors. Don’t even think about leaving town without popping in for a pre-dinner aperitif or better again for dinner.

Recommendation: Dinner & Drinks.


7. Kinsale Food Tours; Join the very knowledgeable Kinsale Food Tours founder Suzanne Burns on a Walking Tour of Kinsale, where you will get an opportunity to experience a range of local foods. Or for the outdoor enthusiast, go on a Foraging and Picnic Tour where you will forage for wild seaweeds, shellfish and plants. For those who love sailing and food, you can combine both loves on a Private Yacht Picnic Charter.

8. Walk Scilly for a secluded stroll, or ‘Lover’s Lane’ as locals traditionally referred to it. For panoramic views of the town and harbour, take the High Road back to town.

9. Hire a boat from and sail across the harbour. Or sit back on the Harbour Cruise Tour and let the skipper guide you. 

10. Atlantic Swim; Pop over to Castlepark Marina and walk down the sandy path to the Dock Beach for your sunrise or sunset swim. Dip into the Dock Bar for a ‘warmer upper’ afterwards!

11. Prim’s Bookshop (at the original ‘43’) is a great place to ‘hang out’’, play the piano, ‘check mate’ at chess or simply browse their wonderful book collection. Known for hosting secret, pop up music events, we can make sure that you’re first to know. There may also be an opportunity to do what maybe people consider the ultimate experience i.e. run a book shop for a day (think ‘You’ve got Mail’).

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