There has never been a coffee house so appositely named as Alchemy.
What the team in here do is to transmute the business of day-to-day living into something magical. You walk in the doors and – instantly – the transformation takes place. You aren’t on Barrack Street in Cork city any longer: instead you are in Alchemy, in the world of Alchemy and, believe us, this is a great place to be.
Alchemy coffee is a magic brew, and always perfectly executed. And Alchemy food is superb food – you won’t get a better sausage roll anywhere else, and the only problem is that if you get here late – which is usually anytime after 2pm in the afternoon – then the chances are that the sausage rolls, and the spinach pastries and all the sweet things, will be long gone.
The staff are as cool as all get out, the sounds are memorable, and of course there are a shed load of books if you fancy the long read. But, for us, just being in Alchemy, and basking in Alchemy, is what it is all about. A magnificent, pure Cork institution.
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