Kerry has some wonderful outlets selling and serving good, healthy food. Often, though, they are a bit tucked away so we’re providing you with a guide to seeking them out as you travel around the county this summer!

Cul Gaírdín
Lower Main Street
087 741 6947

Open from 12 noon

Run by yoga and dance teacher Ilonka Miklosi, this lovely little café really does have a back garden where you can eat out on a sunny day – but it doesn’t have a street window so look out for the sign directing you in. It serves excellent soups, salads and main courses as well as tea, coffee (organic and fair trade) and cakes. Ilonka has built up a reputation over her years in Dingle as a devotee of healthy eating. Her menu includes sweet and savoury pancakes, super healthy smoothies and fresh-pressed power drinks, daily vegan and gluten-free options and a great variety of fresh garden salads. Find out more about her ethos at

The Breadcrumb
New Lane
064 664 40645
Open 7.30am-9.30pm

Just off Henry Street, The Breadcrumb is a vegetarian restaurant run by Manuela Groeb, who also runs a bakery with spelt, rye, pumpkin and granary bread. Because of the early start, you can get a great healthy breakfast, like porridge and berries, before the lunch menu kicks in around midday. The lunch offering includes frittata, roast vegetable wraps, savoury rice slices, spelt pizza, soups and a great range of salads. Manuela is a nurse by training and believes that bread is an important in the diet. Given a chance, she would like to ‘breaducate’ the world about healthy eating. Her breads are made to the recipes of her native Germany, which are famous for the hearty texture and rich taste. You’ll also find these breads at the Dingle Farmers Market on Fridays and the Milltown Organic Market on Saturday.

The Phoenix Restaurant
066 976 6284
Open all day

Located on the road from Castlemaine to Inch, the he Phoenix is so much more than a restaurant. It is also a B&B with a wonderful garden, and sometimes a centre for music, film and dance. There is a strong focus on vegetarian dishes on the menu but fish also features, as do locally made cheeses. The Phoenix is run by Lorna Tyther, who uses wholegrain products, pulses and seeds in order to make tasty, protein-packed and vitamin-rich combinations. Lorna believes that by eating garden-fresh herbs and vegetables you boost the immune system and cleanse and rejuvenate the body. She is also keen to buy local produce and is a keen supporter of the Farmer’s Markets – particularly in Milltown where you will find her stall on a Saturday.

A Slice of Life
Main Street

Located in the centre of Castleisland, A Slice of Life is health shop and café/restaurant where the focus is on foods that help rather than harm. Run by nutritional therapist Monica O’Connor with the help of cook Joan Green, it offers predominantly vegetarian meals with a fish dish once a week or so. On the menu you’ll find frittatas, goat’s cheese and Joan’s famous nutroast, as well as baby leaf and other healthy salads. Spelt is the main flour used in the cooking and there are excellent breads baked here, including a buckwheat bread with four seeds, ensuring you get all your omega needs.

Milltown Organic Store
Old Church
Open Tues-Friday; market on Saturday

The old church in Milltown has been converted into an organic store by Mary O’Riordan, who stocks a great range of produce, including wholefoods, fruit & vegetables, organic chocolate and wine, inspirational books and garden supplies. It’s open from Tuesday to Friday as a shop and on Saturday it turns into a full market, with artisan producers from the area setting out their stalls. The market is a huge attraction but even during the week this shop-in-a-church is worth a visit.

Also look out for:

Brats Vegetarian Restaurant
Milk Market Lane

An Café Beag
Centre of the village


Nom Nom Café
Faungorth Activity Centre

Kenmare – 9am onwards

Listowel – 9am-2pm
Dingle – 10am-2pm
Killarney – 10am-2pm

Rathmore – 10.30am-1pm
Milltown – 10am-2pm

Ardfert – 11am-2pm
Blennerville – 11am -3pm


Abbeycourt and Ballyseede Garden Centre

Manna Organic Store
Bridge Street

Horans Health Store
Rock Street and Clash

Tesco Arcade, New Street

Horans Health Store
Park Road and Beech Road

The Pantry
Henry Street

Bridge Street Co-op
Bridge Street

Main Street

A Slice of Life
Main Street

The Aquarian
22 Main Street

Horans Health Store
William Street

Milltown Organic Store
Old Church