It's about a 15 minute drive from the airport to the city center, which is situated on the River Lee, which separates into two channels for a lil bit and creates an island in the middle (like the Seine!) and that island is the busier city center. On the way you'll pass the tallest building in the Republic of Ireland, The Elysian. No pictures because driving (I mean I wasn't driving ('ohhh, I don't druive')but it's hard to get a picture of something when you are moving). Apparently it's an apartment building and it has an Aldi on the ground floor, which is nice for people who don't like going outside. NB that it's not the tallest building on the island of Ireland; that's in Belfast, which is Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, which is in trouuuuuble.
First stop, the Quay Co-op.
My "favorite" food experience in Cork was when it was super late one night and we had to find a restaurant for dinner but because we're in the British Isles everything closes pretty early (and it was Saturday!). But HappyCow alerted me to a pizza place called Milano that was open still AND had a separate vegan menu! Vegan pizza that wasn't just regular pizza with no cheese? We're in! I was excited to see what kind of indie Italian restaurant in this little baby town had a separate vegan pizza menu. And I did not laugh harder the entire trip than when we rolled up to Milano and we both instantly remembered that Milano is simply the Irish name for the chain Pizza Express. DYING! But you know what, it's still pretty decent! I got the new Vegan Puttanesca pizza that uses marinated jackfruit in the puttanesca sauce. And yeah I might have a Pizza Express literally 4 minutes from home and then on every single block in the city after that but you know what? I'd eat that again.
The hotel had a water jug and green apples for the taking and big fluffy white bathrobes for the wearing, which I did because that's my favorite thing about hotels.