Over the last number of years Galway city has been consistently increasing its supply of eateries and drinks, and while many other cities are doing similarly, one thing that sets Galway apart from the rest is their unwavering commitment to local, incredibly high-quality food. The growing reputation is such that people are coming from far and wide to get a taste of what Galway has to offer, and we mean that in the most literal sense.
If you’ve yet to get your hands on the impressive offering that Galway is becoming infamous for, then scroll on to see our favourite places to eat, drink and be merry in this lively, fun-loving location.
Dela, 51 Lower Dominick Street
One thing of particular note about the Dela team is that they grow as much of their own produce as possible on their ever-expanding farm located in Moycullen. These efforts result in dishes made up of incredibly high-quality food, with portions so generous that they promise to always set you up for the day ahead.
Ard Bia at Nimmos, Spanish Arch
The food is incredible, the restaurant is bright and beautiful, and the staff are passionate about creating dishes that burst with flavours and adventure. One word of warning: you might find a hefty queue at peak times on the weekend, but it’s worth the wait.
The Kitchen, Galway City Museum
The Kitchen provides a very appealing additional pull for anyone thinking of paying a visit to The Galway City Museum. With big windows that overlook the Spanish Arch, it’s a lovely place to sit back and relax over some freshly baked treacle brown bread and a good cup of coffee.
Kai cafe restaurant, Sea Road
Get ready to have all and any culinary expectations exceeded because the wizards working behind the scenes at Kai don’t settle for second best, at least when it comes to food, that is. Owners Jessica and David Murphy pride themselves in their ever-changing menu, which comes as a result of their combined commitment to sourcing fresh, organic, seasonal produce from local suppliers. They also make some mean craft beers, if you fancy a tipple.
Upstairs at McCambridges, Shop Street
Located above one of Galway city’s oldest delis, Upstairs at McCambridges has become renowned for the high standard of food and wine it serves to customers who overlook the hustle and bustle of locals below. Expect great value for money and efficient, friendly service.
Galway Farmers’ Market, Church Lane
Galway's farmers market must be one of the country’s oldest village markets, with stalls trading by St Nicholas' Church for centuries on end. You’ll find a huge array of fresh and homemade produce; everything from curry to crepes, cookies and crafts is on sale. When the sun shines it’s worth getting your picnic provisions here and setting yourselves up in one of the local parks. Absolute bliss.
Cava Bodega, Middle Street
It’s no wonder that Cava Bodega has won multiple awards over the years, what with their ability to showcase the very best food and wine that Spain has to offer. Except in this case, of course, it comes with an Irish twist. Get ready to be treated like family and soak up the jovial atmosphere that is created as a result. Mark this as the perfect place to dine out with a group of friends.
The Dough Bros, Middle Street
If you’re in need of a hearty feed and your soul is yearning for something delicious, then march your way down Middle Street for a hit of the best pizza in town. Because pizza solves all problems, and good pizza calms all qualms, so just be sure to come hungry (the bros who make this dough pride themselves in making it BIG).
Aniar, Lower Dominick Street
Every once in a while a celebration so great and noteworthy calls that only a meal in a Michelin star restaurant could do it justice. That is if the funds allow. The extensive tasting menu with the wine pairing is one of Aniar’s most raved about offerings, but anything off the regular menu is sure to wow too. With five-star service to match the five-star food, you’ll leave feeling like true royalty.
Grind, Merchants Road
High-quality coffee alongside healthy and fresh food. Think power balls, overnight oats, veggie wraps, with some black pudding potato cakes thrown in the mix for good measure, too. Bright and breezy, a lovely way to start the day.
Coffeewerk & Press, Quay Street
A quirky little shop with prime people-watching opportunities if you nab a seat outside, this is a favourite amongst the die-hard coffee addicts of Galway city. The decor inside also sets the scene for many an aspirational Instagram snap, or for the more private types a peaceful, quiet read.
Cupán Tae, Quay Lane
With tables covered in delicate lace, and tea poured into bone china, Cupán Tae is the dreamiest place to bring your mum, granny or the girls for a spot of afternoon tea. Everything in this little tea house is made fresh that day, served up by warm and welcoming staff. It’s worth mentioning that Cupán Tae is the largest in-house providers of speciality loose leaf tea in the West of Ireland, so if you’re interested in a good brew, then this is the place for you.
Espresso 44, William Street
Peaking out upon Galway city’s main shopping street, in Espresso 44 you’ll find fresh, gourmet sandwiches, award-winning coffee and too-good-to-resist sweet treats. They also are really good about catering to people with allergies and special dietary requirements, including various plant-based milks and gluten-free treats in their offering. But their main appeal really is the coffee here, which is truly sublime.
Tribeton, Merchants Road
Let it be known that you’ll be hard pushed to find a trendier spot with a more impressive décor than that of Tribeton. This bold backdrop sets the tone for many a lively, cocktail-fuelled evening, with live entertainment provided every Friday and Saturday night. And it’s not all about the drinks here either, as the Tribeton team pride themselves in serving up “wholesome proper food” that packs a punch and leaves you wanting more.
An Púcán, Forster Street
An Púcán is a pub that sets itself apart from all the zillions of others around the country by putting craic and good times galore at the forefront of all it does. Live music rings out through these walls seven days a week, as an Púcán relentlessly supports both local and international talent in equal measure. Between the music, the drinks, the delicious food and the fantastic beer garden, you could spend an entire weekend here, easy.
Tig Chóilí, Mainguard Street
If a “traditional Irish pub” is what you’re after, then look no further than the iconic, red-faced Tig Chóilí. Not only do they serve a mighty Guinness here, but they’re known for hosting many a lively, impromptu trad session too. Trad music is played twice daily; Monday to Thursday 6pm and 9.30pm; Friday and Saturday 6pm and 10pm; and a day session on Sunday at 2pm and then Sunday evening at 8pm.
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