8 independent shops we love in Galway

We love these shops because they offer two things: stuff you can’t find in Penney’s or M&S, and a memorable shopping experience. You’re bound to stumble across something quirky, different, and seriously cool — and all the shops are Irish-owned, so you know they’re friendly and welcoming.

If you’re going for a vintage look that no one else has, looking for the perfect hand-crafted gift, a few bits and bobs for a new hobby, or something to update your home, these shops have it all. 

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DC STORE GALWAY

Where: 3 Cross Street, Galway

What: DC Store Galway is run by John Deely, who’s been running independent skate stores for over fifteen years in Galway. DC is the world’s leading action-sports brand, and John was the first to introduce the DC Store brand to Europe in 2011 with his Galway shop. For skateboarding footwear, apparel and hardware, DC Store are your best bet in the wesht. They’re the only one-stop shop for all things board and action sports. But don’t worry – you definitely don’t need to be skateboarding to wear this stuff. Which is good news, because it all looks amazing. 

Best for: Developing your own streetwear look.

Contact: check them here or call 091 534 226

BELL BOOK & CANDLE

Where: Small Crane, Sea Road, Galway

What: A massive collection of gently used books, movies, vinyl and CDs. Stock changes daily, so if you didn’t find what you were looking for the first time around, it’s worth another trip. Much of the stock has never been reissued or reprinted. It’s also just a really fun shop to browse through — there’s a resident puppet, turntable, and an actual car inside the shop. 

Best for: A good browse; finding a new book or music to dive into; specialty gifts for the genre geek in your life.

Contact: find them here or call 091 589060

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Mishnóc

Where: 4 Mainguard Street, Galway

What: There’s nothing more luxurious and understatedly elegant than a well-made leather bag. Mishnóc sources only the finest leather from Italy, and is hyper-focused on quality customer service. Pat Delaney of Mishnóc works closely with the leather designers and manufacturers to make sure his customers’ needs are met and that the bag designs meet those needs. They stock a range of work bags, messenger bags, ladies’ purses, wallets and phone cases.

Best for: rounding out a polished, elegant style.

Contact: check them out here, or call 091 564 827

Public Romance

Where: 52 Upper Abbygate Street

What: This shop goes two ways to suit a variety of tastes. The ground floor houses a selection of contemporary designer clothing and accessories for women, including Motel, Quantum, TFNC, Love and Public Beware.

The top floor is home to a vintage selection for men and women, dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. All purchases include complimentary alterations and personal fashion styling consultations — definitely take advantage of that.

Best for: adding a bit of independent flair to the ole wardrobe.

Contact: Get more info here.

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Where: Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway

What: This cute little shop is a goldmine for Irish design, art and craft. You can find puzzles with gorgeous artwork inspired after the old Celtic myths; pillows with the iconic Long Walk and Galway swans printed on them; jewellery made by Irish designers; prints by Irish artists; and a host of other bits and bobs. If you liked the tiny paper Galway that featured with this post, you can find it at My Shop. 

Best for: finding a special gift, filling your home with chic Irish design, and feelgood browsing.

Contact: Call them at 087 917 5069

NINE CROWS

Where: 2 Cross Street Upper, Galway

What: After huge success in Dublin, this vintage and reworked clothing shop opened a branch in Galway and how lucky are we for that? Nine Crows are always one step ahead of the game in the fashion scene. Great accessories, from shoes to jewellery and sunglasses, and a range of clothing means you’ll always find something unique and perfect just for you when you walk in. They stock reworked brands like Adidas and Levis as well as a more eclectic mix of prints, letter jackets and festival wear.

Best for: developing your own unique style.

Contact: check them out here.

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DUNGEONS & DONUTS

Where: Unit 2, The Bridge Mills, Lower Dominick Street, Galway

What: Galway’s biggest hobby shop has to be Dungeons & Donuts, whether your hobby is gaming or eating donuts. Whether it’s Warhammer, Magic the Gathering or board games, Dungeons & Donuts is the go-to spot to collect, play, or learn. It’s also got a large selection of graphic novels, RPG’s and board games. And then there’s the donuts — sci-fi themed, homemade and unbelievably delicious.

Best for: picking up a new hobby, or finding a spot-on gift for the gamer in your life.

Contact: Find them here or call 091 567930

WOODEN HEART

Where: 3 Quay Street

What: Wooden Heart is like a toy shop for adults — everything inside it is beautiful and exquisitely made. If you want to recreate the picture-perfect Scandinavian childhood that you dreamed of, this is the place to do it. Decorate a nursery or a child’s bedroom in whimsical hanging deco, adorable hand-painted toys or magical lighting… Or put it in your own room. No one has to know. 

Best for: adding a bit of whimsy to your life, or seriously spoiling a lucky child. 

Contact: Give them a bell at 091 563 542

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