Alchemy is one of the rooms that defines the modern city of Cork. You could take a casual look at the building, on the corner of Barrack Street and Rock Steps, and pass it by. You might take a look inside, and give a by-the-way nod to that bricolage style, and the jumble sale chic. But then you would be missing out on a room that was one of the wow! hits when The New York Times spent 36 hours in Cork city, and raved about the “savoury pastry offerings” and the “Irish-roasted coffee beans” that they enjoyed in Alchemy.
And that is the essence of Cork city, and the essence of Alchemy: from the outside, simple and unadorned. But, inside, this is a room that hums with creativity, bohemianism, alt-left moods, and sheer charm.
The new Alchemy in the Marino Market is also a perfect match for this left field space. So, in either destination - don’t miss those savoury treats, and don’t miss the superlatively effected drinks, which never falter in their desire to chase the voodoo down when it comes to securing that magic hit of caffeine. Alchemy is the Cork thing, distilled and defined.