Living life like a local: Airbnb hosts enjoy a walking tour of local gems in Cork

Over the weekend, Airbnb hosts came together to tour the best bits of Cork, on a small business tour of the city. Around 15 home sharers came together to walk the city, stopping off at some of Cork’s local gems.

The trail was designed by a handful of hosts, who picked their favourite local places to eat, visit or drink at; they’re also places they always recommend to guests, so they get to experience life in Cork like a local. Hosts like, Kieran, joined the tour so he could discover new gems that he can now share with future guests. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“I thought I knew the cultural, eating and drinking places here in Cork pretty well but there were some stops on our tour that were not on my radar at all! They are now, though, and I’m going to make sure I recommend them to my guests.”

The tour took in a range of local shops and was a great opportunity to strengthen ties between home sharers and small business owners in the city. At every stop, home sharers like Kieran got to hand over a ‘recommended by hosts’ sticker. It’s safe to say these went down a storm!

Here’s where the tour of Cork’s local gems took us:

Stop one: Airbnb hosts kicked off the tour at a local coffee shop called Cafe Spresso on MacCurtain Street, known for its great coffee and friendly service! Following a much-needed caffeine hit, we moved on to stop number two.

Stop two: Our second stop was to the Cork Butter Museum where we enjoyed a guided tour of the museum and gained a fascinating insight into the history of Ireland’s most important food export!
Stop three: Our next stop was for lunch at the Siopa Gan Ainm Farm Shop & Cafe. The shop and cafe believe in selling only locally sourced produce from their local farm or a handful of well-known and trusted suppliers. We can safely say the food was sublime.

Stop four: After our lovely lunch, we headed to the local market where we picked out some handmade chocolates from David Chocolatier’s, which provided a great sugar hit for the final few stops on our small business tour!

Stop five: The penultimate stop was a walking tour of the Elizabeth Fort, a 17th-century fort just off of Barrack Street. The fort has been open to the public since 2014 and has welcomed more than 36,000 visitors in 2015 alone. The fort’s history is extremely varied and hosts learnt about its many uses, which started out as a defensive fortification before being turned into a military barracks, prison, and finally, a police station.

Stop six: The final stop was at An Spailin Fanach, a traditional Irish pub where we enjoyed a well-deserved pint! Having walked thousands of steps we were all grateful for the chance to rest our feet and share our favourite moments from the day!

If you host in Cork, and would like to give a ‘recommended by hosts’ sticker to your local gem, get in touch with us today and we’ll send you one for free. Send us an email here.