Cafe MYO

For Sale: Coffee, Teas, Soups, Sandwiches, Savory goods, and desserts

Address: Popes Quay
Owner: Liam


For those not too familiar with Cork City. Cork City prides itself on being a rebel city. Many of the people here in Cork are free and independent thinkers. If the locals like you, they will give you what is called “the Craic’. “The Craic,” means nothing more than ripping on you whether through playful banter or just simple teasing. Sometimes you have to have a bit of a thick skin. Just keep in mind that the people here rip on themselves and on one another to get a laugh.

Bridge in front of MYOs coming from market square.e
Walk across the bridge, grab a coffee at MYOs.

And sometimes laughter comes in the most unusual spaces where the cosmic forces brings like minded people together.

How to find this Bohemian cafe? MYO is on Pope’s Quay across the bridge from the market square. The exterior of the building is a lovely sky blue with big windows facing the Southern skies.

Aside from having a communal seating plan, MYO makes a tasty cup of organic coffee or loose leaf tea. The beverages are made with love and care.

Liam likes to support local suppliers and bakeries. A lot of the breakfast items like the spanish omellet are made locally. The pasteries and cakes are made fresh and locally. When he buys ingredients for his sandwiches and soups, everything is bought from local shops that buy from local producers. As you can sense, Liam lives and breathes by the concept of supporting your local community and economy.

Cafe MYO

The seating arrangement inside Cafe MYOs. Three tables with lamps and paintings on the wall.

Cafe MYO was originally a junk store until the current owner: Liam. When Liam, had taken over the place he took time to properly renovate the place: the floors, the walls, the counter, and the bathroom. The floors have a lovely black and white swirl to them. The walls have fresh coat of paint. The front counter underneath has a large sun to brighten up your day on those cloudy Irish days. The bathroom is clean and cozy.

The bathroom isn’t wheelchair accessible. Parents with children can manage to do what needs to be done. However, there really isn’t a lot of space. Never the less, the decor and the atmosphere of Cafe MYO make up for what the bathroom lacks. You will definitely meet travellers/ locals/ and other like minded people.


The physical history of the building is one thing. Coming up with an appropriate name requires time. Liam knew that the name of place only had three letters. What those three letters were… evaded him. Liam having a significant amount of insight on chats and the meditative practices of Buddhism calmed his mind and spirit and let the three letters present themselves to him. As he sat in a meditative state, the three letters marched their way across Liam’s mind, ‘M’, ‘Y’, ‘O” or ‘MYO’. Liam quickly realized that MYO came from a Buddhist chat: “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”.

As Liam defines MYO: the cosmic force that brings people and our actions together. The communal seating leads to this way of thinking: come together and share. Liam has taken extra messures to insure that the outdoor seating and dining also lend itself to communal interaction and sharing.

Communal Seating, big bright windows overlooking River Lee.
Enjoy big windows & communal seating.

Come in sit a spell and let serendipity work her magical spell. Take a moment and chat with the locals and listen to each person share his/her story. Listen for the rebellious and independent creative spirit that makes Cork County, Cork. You may be lucky enough to hear some live music that seems to manifest at the most random moments.