Let’s face it, no one ever said brunch was the most important meal of the day. Too many notions and edible flowers are bad for the health, so let’s just focus on what really matters in life: breakfast. Whether it’s a hearty feed to start your day or a big aul bap when you’re hanging, Galway’s got a bit of everything. We here at This is Galway are firm believers in the division of breakfast and lunch, the more meals the merrier. So put on your comfortable pants and get your coat, it’s time for brekkie.
Whatever your taste, 56 Central is sure to cater to all your breakfast needs. Whether it's a traditional full Irish breakfast, luxurious buttermilk pancakes with chocolate sauce and mascarpone, or smashed avocado with scrambled eggs on sourdough, you are absolutely sorted. Food isn't their only special, however - they serve a full range of expertly prepared Bristot coffees to make the morning grind a bit easier. Looking for a fruity way to kick start the day? No bother! 56 Central are known for their savage smoothies. Overall, this is such a great quality, centrally-located spot for a bit of bricfeásta ar maidin.
5/6 Shop Street, Galway // 091 569511
Roots Café and Bistro
Searching for a great breakfast place with loads of choice in a gorgeous space? Roots have got you covered. From the healthier avocado toast and smoothie bowls to indulgent Full Irish Fry ups and incredible coffee, they have it all! If the weather is on your side, why not sit out along the canal to make it the perfect insta-worthy breakfast?!
Newtownsmith // (091) 563 049
Heaven on earth for all you vegan and veggie folk, Temple Cafe have got all the plant based goodness you need to start your day in the best way. You can shake off the cobwebs with a delicious smoothie and a vegan bite while on the go, or relax in-house with a hearty feed and a flat white. Their grub is all made using the very best of local and Irish suppliers. The cherry on top? All the profits made by the guys at Temple go towards supporting local charities, so while you’re stuffing your face you’re also supporting the community. A morning well spent.
St. Augustine Street, Galway // 091 568 776
Upstairs at McCambridges
This local family business is ingrained in the hearts of many Galwegians, serving up the most delectable food using ingredients from the finest artisan producers. From their Herterich’s Maple Coffee Smoked Bacon and Colleran’s Pudding to Janet’s Country Fayre and Corrib Free Range eggs, your breakfast will have a true taste of Galway. Start your day in the casual atmosphere of McCambridges and if you’re inspired to recreate your feed at home, most of their ingredients are available to buy downstairs!
38-39 Shop Street, Galway // 091 562259
McHugh's Traditional Bar
The winner's of our coveted Best Full Irish Fry Up title, McHugh's is the perfect spot for the ultimate fry. Head out of the city to find this gem on the Tuam Road. Ideal for those who have had a few (too many) drinks the night before, or for those who just love a good, meaty full Irish to start the day.
Tuam Rd., Kileen, Castlegar Village // (091) 739 268
Greens & Co
The dream spot for veggie and vegan folks, greens & co in Galway’s west end is here to meet all your breakfast needs. The vegan fry up and the Kinder pancakes are out of this world. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and serve up delicious coffee as well as cracking food.
4 Henry St, Galway // 091 534883
Gourmet Food Parlour
In the lovely location of Salthill, Gourmet Food Parlour is an unreal spot for breakfast. With a wide rang of choice, from fry ups, to baps, to wraps, to pancakes, it's sure to satisfy all your breakfast needs. They are also vegan friendly, offering a vegan fry up- which is absolutely delicious by the way. Perfect spot for a nice morning out, follow your breakfast up with a stroll on The Prom.
Ground & Co
If you’re one of those people that likes to start the morning off with a brisk walk down The Prom, Ground & Co have got all the tasty food and steamy coffee you need to warm back up again. Creamy oats, eggs made just the way you like them and all of the sweet treats you could hope for can be enjoyed in their cosy interior or you can nab them all to go and enjoy them overlooking Galway Bay. Sounds like bliss.
Atlantiquaria Toft Park, Galway // 091 527846
Right in the heart of Oranmore, Porterhouse is a casual country pub that serves up the most delicious grub. Their mouth-watering breakfast menu ranges from a gourmet omelette and french toast to a hearty full Irish fry up with all the bells and whistles. The pub offers such a relaxed setting and inviting atmosphere that you’ll end up hanging around the bar until it’s socially acceptable to order a pint.
Main Street, Oranmore, Galway // 091 788800
The team at Delight produce their food with one goal in mind; to create food that restores, replenishes and revives. They source their produce from local suppliers, serving up healthy and tasty food in a bright and clean environment. A great spot to get your breakfast fuel, they have a Delight-ful range of dishes ranging from a homemade fruit & nut granola to a fresh fruit salad. This award-winning hidden gem is located in Renmore.
The Kingfisher Club, Renmore Avenue, Galway // 091 761466
We know that the sesh is very important to a lot of us here in Galway, and some morning you might just be a tad more delicate than usual. You’re only human. The crew at 1520 know the suss, and their morning menu will serve you up the cure on a platter. Amongst other delicious options, the Hangover Breakfast Burger is the feed you need to get back on track. It’s a toasted brioche bun loaded with an 8oz beef patty, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, lightly spiced pudding, a fried egg and some jalapeno relish. Get a pot of tae with it and you’ll be fresh as a daisy.
14 Quay Street, Galway // 091 569600
Known for their amazing coffee, urban grind is a hidden gem when it comes to brunch. Located on Sea Road, Urban Grind serves up some deadly breakfast dishes including a chorizo egg road, avo on toast, and much more. With a wide range of food and indoor and outdoor seating, there’s something to suit everyone.
Sea Rd.// (091) 375 000
We always rave about Kai for their glorious lunch and dinner dishes, but their Sunday brunch is top tier. With their menu changing each week you're sure to get something unique and different every time, but yet there is always something to suit the whole gang. Serving from 12 every sunday, this one should definitely be on your brunch bucket list.
Sea Rd. // (091) 526 003
If you’re looking for someplace different, Jungle café is perfect. With a wide range of food and drinks, as well as it’s jungle decor, it's a perfect spot to beat your morning blues. Everything there feels unique, from the random plant placement, to the tupperware, put this one on the to-do list!
Forster St. // (091) 562 858
Dela is an iconic spot in Galway for brunch. With a variety of options on the menu, as well as their gorgeous decor, it's a perfect spot for brunch and a chat. Their breakfast burrito is a must try as well as their freshly squeezed OJ.
Dominick St. // (091) 449 252
If you’re looking to hop onto the ever growing smoothie bowl trend then follow the signs to the VW located at Blackrock. There’s nothing better than a bowl, coffee, and some views. We recommend the pink papaya base and the nutty crunch granola. And hey, it's a perfect opportunity to head for a dip in Galway Bay.
Blackrock Diving Tower // firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry's absolutely ace all areas of comfort food, but their breakfast is just as delicious. With a variety of choice on their menu, from a Fried Chicken Waffle, to the classic Avo Smash (which they put a mexican twist on - unreal by the way), it's the perfect weekend treat.
77 Bohermore Galway // +353 (85) 862 1840
Head out west for the perfect morning feast. Located in the beautiful Barna, Barcella offers anything you could be looking for, something sweet like their pancakes or savory like the breakfast quesadilla, you will be spoilt for choice! Pair it off with one of their teas, coffees, or juices.
Barna, Co. Galway // (091) 590 556