Galway City has a buzzing food scene, with everything from classic Irish cuisine to authentic international offerings.
The City of Tribes is also known for it’s penchant for coffee, cocktails and well pulled pints.
Whether you’re a local looking to branch out or just heading to the festival capital of Ireland for a long weekend, here are some unmissable eateries to try out on your travels. Gaillimh Abú!
The Jungle Cafe is a Galway favourite, thanks to it’s indoor/outdoor dining experience and literal jungle of lush greenery.
The cafe is known for its creative latte art – featuring everything from suns to yin yang symbols – and if you want a unique dining experience with vegetarian options, this is your bag.
The Dough Bros
This nifty little pizza shop might ring a bell, as it went viral this year for being named the best pizza takeaway in Europe by 50 Top Pizza, which publishes guides to the best pizzerias across the world.
The pizzeria is loved for it’s affordable menu, fresh ingredients mostly sourced from Ireland, and simple but flavoursome menu. The Peter Stinger, featuring Gubbeen Smokehouse Chorizo and chilli-infused honey from Galway is a fan favourite.
The Corrib House is situated – as you may have guessed – right on the rushing riverside of the Corrib, with spectacular waterfront views you could only find in the heart of Galway.
A classic little tea house in the setting of a beautifully restored Georgian home, this spot is the perfect place to bring you loved ones for a quiet celebration of the finest things in life – tea, family and great Irish food.
Galway Bay Bakery Bagels
The Galway weekend market is a steadfast tradition in the city centre, offering everything from hand made clothing to home grown fruit and veg. Scattered amongst the coffee stalls and seafood spreads is Galway Bay Bakery, who make the best bagels in the country.
Each weekend morning a long queue begins to form as the bakery stall sets up, as people want their supply of savoury bread for the weekend. You can buy the various bagels by the dozen or opt for one, toasted and stuffed with a selection of fillings such as goats cheese or veg. Locals recommend the cranberry and rosemary or pizza bagels most frequently from this quirky little kiosk.
Ard Bia at Nimmos
Nimmo’s is another well-known and beloved Galway dining spot, situated right on the edge of the water at the historic Spanish Arch.
The restaurant has breakfast, brunch and lunch a menus, and is the perfect spot to dine out doors on their long rustic benches. The restaurant itself is unique, with a quirky cottage aesthetic.
This brunch behemoth on Church Street in the city centre has flourished to include a bespoke cocktail menu and pizza kitchen, as well as an evening dining menu.
If you want to experience the best Galway has to offer when it comes to casual daytime dining or evening seafood platters with a side of bubbles, this is the spot.
Asian Tea House & Buddha Bar
One of Galway’s most award winning restaurants, this bar and restaurant duo has racked up its fair share of accolades over the year. A great spot for a long evening of catching up with friends, this restaurants goal is to main the authenticity of asian cuisine that can often be lost to western interpretation.
The Asian Tea House offers a menu featuring food from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, while the Buddha Bar menu features a long list of cocktails, from the classic to the experimental.
Mick’s famous creperie is a Galway institution, and a must visit for any busy weekend visitor.
Nestled in the shade of St Nicholas’ Church in the city centre, the stall has been a focal point of the Galway market for almost 30 years.
The stall offers a huge selection of crepes, with many being the original owner’s signature recipes. These delicious on-the-go meals are perfect for wandering around the weekend market with, as you browse the other vendor’s stalls for claddagh rings, hand knitted pieces and authentic home-grown produce.
This huge art deco space is perfect for a girly break to Galway.
Boasting a delicious dinner menu and some of the most intricate cocktails in the city, Tribeton is unmissable for anyone who loves an Instagrammable experience.
Gourmet Food Parlour
This Salthill brunch spot is just what you need after a dip down in Blackrock .
From chunky sandwiches to hearty soups, and super salads to juicy burgers, this spot has it all. They even do takeaway afternoon tea boxes for anyone wanting a toasty picnic on the beach.
For coffee connaisseurs:
For anyone specifically looking for a great caffeine hit in the City of Tribes, these cafes offer a selection of coffees from talented baristas, from the city centre to the coastline.
Kali Cafe Bar
Situated along the main street in Salthill, this snug little cafe is a plant lovers dream. The cafe offers a wide range of different roasts, and is dog friendly – perfect for those on the way to walk their pup on the prom.
The cafe also promotes local artistic talent, selling products from local designer Emma Larkin, such as plant pots, earrings and headbands.
Coffeewerk + Press
Often revered as Galway’s best city centre coffEe spot, this award winning Latin Quarter cafe takes caffeine seriously.
The shop also doubles up as a concept store, selling a selection of art, home decor and books.
Little Lane Coffee Company
This is the place to be if you want a recommendation from a genuine coffee lover – the staff at Little Lane are known for their passion for the beverage and always steer curious customers to the right choice.
The cafe was set up to showcase the many excellent specialty coffee roasters here in Ireland, and hosts a humber of different house coffees each year.