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The Bookshelf Coffee House

78 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 239 2576
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good18%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“scones” (29 reviews)
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Irish, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
78 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely spot for breakfast or brunch. Good coffee and friendly service. Worth a visit and well priced.

Thank Pauline M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with my husband Mon 30 April. We both ordered coffee and eggs Benedict. When coffees arrived the cups were dirty. Then the ham served with the eggs was rancid. It smelled bad, was discolored and was clearly gone off. Was completely inedible. Never againMore

2  Thank shivauncurran
Paul C, Owner at The Bookshelf Coffee House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your review. It is unfortunate that you had a bad experience with us and I do apologise if your cups were dirty, although I can understand if one cup may have been as from time to time the dishwasher might not get...More

Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Can’t rate this cafe highly enough! The staff are incredibly warm and friendly, the coffee is great and the brunch is fantastic. Would recommend the Eggs Benedict with asparagus, it’s second to none. The cafe is child-friendly without feeling like a Creche. I go there...More

Thank Veronica K
Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

Went in today to the bookshelf with a friend and ordered from the brunch menu. The restaurant was quiet about 6 people there at the time. We proceed to order eggs Benedict, breakfast bap and two coffees. We got the two coffees and waited and...More

1  Thank seankB8187WL
Paul C, Owner at The Bookshelf Coffee House, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2018

Hi Sean, We had numerous problems on Sunday gone which we can only apologise for and ensure they will not be repeated. Can you please contact me on paul@thebookshelfcofffeehouse.com I would love the opportunity to offer you guys a voucher for full brunch on us...More

Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

If you’re looking for an awesome place to have some brunch then definitely you should visit The Bookshelf. It has this ambience which is suitable for people who just wants to have a cozy morning, have good talk with friends and some kind of chillax...More

Thank Crystal Gay B
Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

Sat for om hours with my friends while we enjoyed coffies and teas. Really good atmosphere, and service was alright. I had a sweet scone with rasberry, which were the perfect combination to my cappuchino! My friend had plate with avocado and eggs, which looked...More

Thank Haugtuussa
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Cozy and very quiet place, perfect for a relaxing day alone or with friends. I had a nice tea and the employee gave me a nice banana biscuit for free! Very kind!9

Thank valesarag
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

The cafe itself is great spot and the seats ab the window are always nice to sit and chill with a coffee but the staff seem very uninterested and not the friendliest. My server seemed very put out when I asked what was in the...More

Thank malley18
Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

A lovely modern and super clean cafè. The waitress was lovely and friendly and there was a lovely atmosphere. I ordered scrambled eggs, toast and tea. The scrambled eggs were very salty and not nice. The bread not great either. I didn’t finish it. Such...More

Thank MM1Kenmare
Paul C, Owner at The Bookshelf Coffee House, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2018

Hey there, I am not sure what happened as we use Bacús Sourdough fresh each day and its delicious. As for the eggs maybe there was a mistake made in the kitchen. Anyway whatever it was we would be happy to rectify the situation if...More

Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

Nice cozy shop with small but contemporary breakfast menu, coffee was excellent, refreshing for Cork

Thank Jana C
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August 19, 2015|
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Response from Paul C | Property representative |
Hey Kim, Thanks for contacting us, we offer a limited gluten free range. Our soups are gluten free and we do a gluten free cake range but unfortunately we do not offer gluten free sandwiches because there isn't enough... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
  • Phone Number: +353 21 239 2576
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