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The Bookshelf Coffee House

78 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 239 2576
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good18%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (10 reviews)
“scones” (33 reviews)
“porridge” (7 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 18:30 Hours
Irish, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
78 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 167 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the new restaurant at the Elysian because I am a fan of the coffee house on the south mall. However I was not met with the same delight in the new branch. We arrived inside and were seat right away but waited another...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Curiosity13847358662
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

18 of us went here Thursday night for a work party. We were in the room upstairs which was really nice. Our amazing hostess was Rhyah for the evening. The food was excellent and desserts were to die for sinfully good. Would definitely return

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Adrian & Mary M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first visit to the above on the recommendation of a business friend.I was quiet looking forward to trying out the venue but all in all I was disappointed.The cafe is compact which to me is not an issue.I was expecting the surrounds...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mike M
Reviewed 4 November 2018

I stopped by with colleagues for a quick lunch in the new Elysian location. It was pretty busy, and we had an awkward counter seat, but took a table when it was freed up. The menu is very interesting, with a lot of unusual offerings....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jack K
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Had coffee here on Sunday morning , was very busy but utterly chaotic , only one member of staff seemed to be doing any work , we had to clear our own tables before our food arrived , then we were given some else's breakfast...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank johncant
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Visited The Bookshelf location at The Elysian for brunch at the weekend - as a new location, it was very busy - we waited about 15 minutes for a table, and ended up being seated at the 'bar' area upstairs. The staff were very welcoming,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank m45
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Went on two separate occasions. The first time, I ordered a hot latte which was excellent. It has a bold flavor that is smooth, and they serve it in a lovely black mug with a tiny cookie to accompany it. The second time, I ordered...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Emeryst
Reviewed 12 September 2018

After a days shopping I found this cosy little coffee house tucked away in the corner . It was great relaxing with a coffee and my book

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank paulstobart7
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Firstly I was really looking forward to trying this cafe as I'd heard great things. Positives are the staff are lovely and the smashed avocado was delicious. Negatives are the cafe is not child friendly at all. There is no room for a buggy without...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Burketravels
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

I've been to the bookshelf a few times now and always found it great... until today, I wanted a kids portion of scrambled egg to be told they didn't do kids portions but they would give me one egg scrambled but would "have" to charge...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 75Christina123
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Questions & Answers
19 August 2015|
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Response from Paul O | 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, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
09:00 - 18:30
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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