Start planning your Ireland food tour
Ireland is now home to over 20 Michelin-starred restaurants and has earned its reputation as an up-and-coming foodie destination. On a food tour of Ireland, you can expect to find everything from innovative gourmet creations to centuries-old recipes and world-famous drinks. But what brings it all together is a focus on fresh, local ingredients.
What makes Ireland a great destination for foodies?
Ireland's lush green landscapes and miles of wild coastline offer up a bounty of fresh produce. Across the restaurants, pubs, and cafes in the country, there's a shared love of the land and respect for ingredients. So whether you're sampling smoked salmon at the English Market, dining in Michelin-star restaurants in Belfast, or sipping on Guinness in one of Dublin's fabled pubs, you're in for a treat on your food tour of Ireland.
The best gastronomy tours in Ireland
To craft your dream foodie trip around Ireland, use some of these great tips and ideas.
Enjoy fine-dining in Belfast
Begin your food tour of Ireland in style in Belfast, which has three restaurants with Michelin stars. Among these, EIPIC has been making waves for its innovative use of local ingredients—think delicately prepared scallops and rich wild venison.
Peruse the goods at the English Market
This famed market is located in the city of Cork and was started by local farmers in 1788. Despite its name, the English Market is the perfect place to try some traditional Irish dishes such as drisheen (blood pudding), tripe, and some of the finest smoked salmon in the world.
Savor seafood on the Wild Atlantic Way
Seafood fans should look no further than the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1600-mile driving route that stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork. A highlight is Eithna’s By The Sea, where the Mullaghmore lobster is legendary.
Go whiskey tasting in County Antrim
The Old Bushmills Distillery is located just a stone's throw from the famed Giant's Causeway and is Ireland's oldest operating whiskey distillery. Whiskey aficionados and newbies alike can tour the factory to learn about the 400 years of history, and to sample their award-winning whiskeys.
Drink a pint of Guinness in the pubs of Dublin
Guinness is undoubtedly an Irish cultural icon. For a quintessential Irish experience, head to a lively Dublin pub to order a rich, velvety pint of 'the black stuff'. Opened in 1198, The Brazen Head is the place to experience a slice of Dublin history. Pair your pint with a steaming bowl of classic Irish stew, while tapping along to the nightly traditional music sessions.
Tips for planning a food tour in Ireland
The weather in Ireland can be quite unpredictable with a high chance of rain, even in the summer. Make sure to bring warm layers, a raincoat, and an umbrella so that nothing can get in the way of your incredible foodie adventure.