Lab 82 Roastery and Bakery – Cork’s Hidden Gem

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Lab 82 is located in Cork City’s Victorian Quarter and conveniently situated across from our train station. I have eaten there several times since it opened and this quirky cafe has never let me down. Dare I say, Lab 82 is my favourite place to eat in the city and one of Cork’s best kept secrets. Except it shouldn’t be a secret. Everyone should eat here at least once. A family run affair, everything is cooked and baked on site. You are always greeted with a warm smile and if you don’t know what you want to have, Richie is on hand to offer a recommendation that is always spot on!!

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Speaking of Richie, he whole heartedly loves his cafe. The passion he has for this business is clear and infectious! Its all about the food, coffee and atmosphere. You instantly feel at home, like you are returning to a long lost friend. But, lets talk about the food. Oh Man, the FOOD……

Lab 82 Food Menu….

is a brunch lovers dream. From sweet to savoury you are spoiled for choice. You can view the full menu HERE. I almost always order the same thing. If you know me at all, you will know that I’m always indecisive and always suffer from food envy. Never a problem in Lab 82. Crispy potatoes, sourdough bread, black + white pudding, bacon and perfectly poached eggs.

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Try the Lab 82 Burger…

Padraig ordered the burger on our last visit. The man loves his beef. He cleared the plate and scored it ten out of ten. Podge went so far as to name it the best burger he ever had.

The Sweet Stuff At Lab 82…

is what you’ll really come for. Pancakes, waffles, French Toast and brownies… oh my! My personal favourite are the Kinder Bueno Pancakes. A chocolate addicts dream on a plate. I can also recommend the Banoffee Pancakes and the Kick Like A Mule Freakshake which has Lab 82’s own speciality coffee mixed with caramel and peanut butter goodness.

lab82 pancakes
lab82 pancakes

Speciality Coffee….

Richie can also talk you through some delicious coffee options. The coffee is their own blend and you can buy bags to use at home. They also sell all the accessories you need including the best coffee machines. I think this is the ideal present for the coffee lover in your life. Great care has been taken to produce the beans and get the right blend. I’m no expert but call and chat to Richie and you will feel like you have left with an education!

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Overall, a very cool vibe, friendly atmosphere and some of the best food in cork city. You can follow me on Instagram HERE to see all things food, fashion and beauty. You can also read some other travel articles I have written HERE.

Louise x


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