When you arrive abroad, you may be doing your own grocery shopping and cooking. Unlike most universities in America, where students get meal plans and head to the cafeteria for every meal, cooking on your own may stretch you out of your comfort zone a bit. While cooking and grocery shopping is all a part of the experience, it is also exciting to treat yourself to a meal out at a restaurant or a nice takeaway delivered right to your door. Here are the top restaurants or takeaway locations that I frequently visited, and if you are headed to Limerick, Ireland, I hope you give them a chance, too!
Breakfast: The Scholars Club
Located on the campus of the University of Limerick, The Scholars Club was the best place to stop before classes for a meal that left you full until the middle of the afternoon. It also was very accommodating for a variety of diets offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The Scholars Club also offers meals all day long, and I would suggest checking those out as well!
Lunch: The Milk Market
Open Friday-Sunday, the Milk Market is home a variety of food vendors selling anything from fresh fruits and vegetables to fish and chips. It is the perfect spot to go on a Saturday when you are in the city doing some shopping or exploring. If you end up going, I highly suggest the Rufus’s Gourmet Hot Dogs — they are nothing like the hot dogs you would find in America!
Dinner: Solo Pizza
Let’s face it — after a long day of classes sometimes the last thing you want to do is cook. Lucky enough, most pizza places deliver and offer awesome student meal deals. A typical student meal deal cost 5 Euro and comes with a 10 inch pizza, chips (french fries), and a can of pop. With a deal like that, how can you not be excited? If you are not a pizza person, there are loads of Chinese, Indian, and American options also available for takeaway or delivery. Head on over to the website justeat.ie for all the information you need on takeaway meals.
Coffee: The Stormy Teacup
If you are anything like me, I enjoy going to coffee shops for chats with friends and studying. While there are Starbucks and plenty of chain coffee shops you can go to, I love to try out local family-owned shops. The Stormy Teacup located in Fox’s Bow is a hidden gem of Limerick City with a quirky vibe and board games available to play, the shop soon became my favorite place to go for not only coffee but the best cup of hot chocolate in Ireland.
Regardless of your interests, you will be able to find a place to eat as long as you are not afraid to try something new.