• Antiquity Plant-based Cafe @ The Timetravellers Bookshop

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Bookshop and all vegan cafe serving breakfast, lunch, desserts, coffee and tea. Opening times may vary during Jan & Feb, call ahead before visiting. Shop available for hire for private parties or seminars and can plan your event for the day. Reported open July 2020. Open Mon-Sat 10:00-16:00. Food is often gone by 2:30pm.

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14 Reviews

First Review by Finola


Points +160

02 Sep 2023

Speaks volumes!

Ate there yesterday for breakfast. Friendly welcome from the owner. The place is full of out-of-print and antiquarian books.
Any vegans travelling through West Cork need to support this place. Not many fully vegan cafes around.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-02

Pros: Friendliness, Quirkiness!, Food was good too!

Cons: What’s not to like?!



Points +381

12 Aug 2023

Bookstore and vegan cafe

Our party of 4 arrived at around 2, sadly too late for lunch menu - very little food was left. We shared two really flavorful small sized sandwiches. How we wished there were more savoury options for our lunch. Would love to have tried the soup and other very positively reviewed savoury options from other Happy Cow reviewers. We also tried the swedish cherry cake which was good but some felt it was on the bland side. The bookstore is interesting and the outside covered seating area was nice with lots of flowers but the seating was not the most comfortable (and the toilet window opens to the seating area which was not so hygienic).

Pros: Tasty sandwiches

Cons: Have to get there early for full menu options, Location of the toilet


Points +98

06 Jul 2023

the best dish I’ve had in ages.

This was an unexpected gem.
Serves coffee, cakes, wraps and vegan food.
I had coffee with oat milk and a veggie stew which was absolutely delicious. Definitely the best dish I’ve had in ages.
The bookshop is good too.


Points +310

30 Jun 2023

Fantastic vegan food in West Cork

We drove quite a distance to come here, and it did not disappoint.

The shop/café has a lovely smell of books and fresh cooking.

We got a meal deal of stew and sandwich. Both delicious and wholesome. The overwhelming good flavours came from the fresh ingredients, with some tasty pesto on the sandwich.

About 13.50 euro for that - well worth it compared to processed foods in other cafes who may save you a couple of euro, for something much less tasty.

Some nice books on the shelves, including a lot you won't ever find again.

Pros: Fresh food, Books in shop


Points +1188

30 Oct 2022

nice location with cozy atmosphere

We stopped here on our way to cork for lunch. We had the XXL-Sandwich which was amazing and the smorrebrod. We thought the smorrebrod was a little bit to expensive, but it was tasty. The seats are in the middle of the book shop which was really cool, so you can look for some books while you wait for the dishes.

Pros: friendly staff, tasty food, cozy place

Cons: bit expensive


Points +20

04 Aug 2022

Great music en nice stew

Great music en nice stew


Points +162

09 Jul 2022

Incredible food!

Amazing place - the food is absolutely delicious, really blew us away. Such amazing flavours and textures… the mushrooms on toast is life changing!!

Gorgeous wee place with friendly service and so many books to choose from. The owner is lovely and an inspirational woman!

Hugely recommend - it’s a must visit!


Points +386

16 Apr 2022

Fantastic & cozy café + bookshop

This is a real gem of a bookshop/cafe. Found an amazing book while having their excellent coffee and super tasty treats. Great food and super fun literary theme, can't recommend enough.
The only con is how many people ask the beleaguered owner if they serve cow's milk 😅

Pros: Literary themed beverages and food, Great coffee and tasty snacks , Friendly staff


Points +37

18 Aug 2021

Lovely vegan options in a great relaxed environment

This is a great vegan cafe with delicious food. The person who served us was really friendly and gave us lots of information about the food on offer. Highly recommend 👍

Pros: All vegan!


Points +279

05 Jun 2019

Delicious and cozy in West Cork

This fully vegan cafe should definitely not be missed if you’re in the area. The staff is lovely and the atmosphere great, enjoying your meal surrounded by interesting-looking books. I had the stew, which was delicious, followed by a yummy snickers bar and a “fancy coffee”. Would return in a heartbeat!

Pros: Super yummy food and sweets, Unique and lovely atmosphere , Terrific staff


Points +56

03 May 2019


An oasis in West Cork. Worth traveling for. We had the Hungry Caterpillar lunch each (which is a smorrebrod plus small stew) followed by vegan dessert. The cafe is a beautiful space, very relaxing. Newspapers, books, jazz playlists and great food.

Pros: Entirely vegan, Clean and bright, Books and the New York Times


Points +61

09 Apr 2019

Must Stop!

This place is a gem! The food is so delicious - vegan or not - everyone will love it. My husband and I ordered one of everything to share and we were not disappointed. The portions are good size, the food is fresh and full of flavor. The desserts are fantastic too. Very reasonable for the price. I highly recommend eating here.

Located in a bookstore, the tables are communal and the staff is friendly. A lovely place to enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Pros: All Vegan, Everyone, vegan or not, will love the food, Delicious, fresh food


Points +70

02 Feb 2019

You will never want to leave!!

Visited here with my family, for lunch.
The walls are covered with books!
There is a lovely small menu. We tried all the dishes, I had the vegetable and mushroom stew, topped with vegan cheese and pesto. Really nice big portion size and absolutely delicious! We shared the caramel slice and the choc cherry cake,both beautiful. Looking forward to coming back!

Pros: Lovely atmosphere, Delicious Food

Cons: None!!


Points +34

25 Jan 2019

A Gem Of A Find

Dropped in for lunch with my family on a recent visit to skibbereen. A small but beautifully formed menu. Between us we tried everything on the menu- no one was dissapointed. The open open sandwich, baked potato and hot pot were all delicious. The cakes and coffee were a delight. How lovely to sit and eat surrounded by beautiful collectable books (most for sale).
A gem of a find and we will be back!

Pros: Delicious food, Relaxing atmosphere , Surrounded by books!

Cons: Not close enough to my home!!

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