An insider’s guide to the best places to eat and drink in Galway
Galway City has a vibrant dining scene, with everything from classic Irish cuisine to authentic international offerings.
La Cité des Tribus is also known for its fondness for coffee, cocktails and well-drawn pints.
Whether you’re a local looking to branch out or just heading to Ireland’s festival capital for a long weekend, here are some must-try restaurants to try on your travels. Gaillimh Abu!
The Jungle Cafe is a Galway favorite, thanks to its indoor / outdoor dining experience and lush green jungle.
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 brothers of the dough
This nifty little pizzeria might ring a bell, as it went viral this year for being named Europe’s best takeaway pizza by 50 Top Pizza, which publishes guides to the world’s best pizzerias.
The pizzeria is loved for its affordable menu, fresh ingredients mostly sourced from Ireland, and simple yet tasty menu. The Peter Stinger, made with Gubbeen Smokehouse chorizo and Galway pepper infused honey, is a fan favorite.
The Corrib House is located – as you might have guessed – right on the Corrib River, with spectacular waterfront views that you could only find in the heart of Galway.
A classic little tea house as part of a beautifully restored Georgian house, this place is the perfect place to bring your loved ones for a quiet celebration of the best things in life – tea, family and good Irish food.
Galway Bay Bakery Bagels
The Galway Weekend Market is an unwavering tradition in the city center, offering everything from handmade clothes to locally grown fruits and vegetables. Scattered among the coffee and seafood stalls is Galway Bay Bakery, which makes the best bagels in the country.
Every weekend morning a long line begins to form when the bakery stall sets up as people want their supply of salted bread for the weekend. You can buy the different bagels by the dozen or opt for one, toasted and stuffed with a selection of toppings such as goat cheese or vegetables. Locals most often recommend the cranberry rosemary or pizza bagels from this quirky little kiosk.
Ard Bia in Nimmos
Nimmo’s is another well known and loved Galway restaurant, located right on the waterfront at historic Spanish Arch.
The restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus and is the perfect place to dine outside on its long, rustic benches. The restaurant itself is unique, with an original chalet aesthetic.
This brunch juggernaut on Church Street in the city center has flourished to include a bespoke cocktail menu and pizza cuisine, as well as a dinner menu.
If you want to experience the best Galway has to offer in casual dining during the day or seafood platters in the evening with a side of bubbles, this is the place.
Asian tea room and buddhist bar
One of Galway’s most award-winning restaurants, this bar and restaurant duo have racked up their fair share of accolades over the year. An ideal place for a long evening of reunion with friends, the aim of this restaurant is to preserve the authenticity of Asian cuisine which can often be lost in the Western interpretation.
Asian Tea House offers a menu featuring dishes from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, while the Buddha Bar menu has a long list of cocktails, from classic to the experimental.
Mick’s famous Creperie is a Galway institution and a must visit for any busy weekend visitor.
Tucked away in the shadow of St. Nicholas’ Church in the city center, the stall has been a focal point of the Galway market for almost 30 years.
The stand offers a huge selection of pancakes, many of which are the original owner’s signature recipes. These delicious takeaways are perfect for strolling through the weekend market, as you browse the stalls of other vendors for claddagh rings, hand-knitted pieces, and authentic, local produce.
This huge art deco space is perfect for a girls’ getaway in Galway.
Boasting a delicious dinner menu and some of the city’s most complex cocktails, Tribeton is a must-have for anyone who enjoys an Instagrammable experience.
Gastronomic catering fair
This Salthill brunch is just what you need after a dip in Blackrock.
From big sandwiches to hearty soups, great salads to juicy burgers, this place has it all. They even make take out tea boxes for anyone who wants a grilled picnic on the beach.
For coffee connoisseurs:
For anyone specifically looking for a good shot of caffeine in Tribal Town, these cafes have a selection of cafes from talented baristas, from downtown to the seaside.
Located along the main street of Salthill, this cozy little cafe is a plant lover’s dream. The cafe has a wide range of different roasts and is dog friendly – perfect for those who are about to take their puppy to the ball.
The cafe also promotes local artistic talent, selling products by local designer Emma Larkin, such as flowerpots, earrings and headbands.
Coffee maker + Press
Often revered as the best cafe in downtown Galway, this award-winning Latin Quarter cafe takes caffeine seriously.
The boutique also doubles as a concept store, selling a selection of art, interior design and books.
Little Lane Coffee Company
This is the place to be if you want a recommendation from a true coffee lover – the staff at Little Lane are known for their passion for drinking and always directing curious customers to the right choice.
The cafe was created to showcase the many excellent specialty coffee roasters here in Ireland and hosts a host of different house cafes each year.