MAKING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE LATIN QUARTER
Whether it’s dinner and drinks, a trip around the shops or a bitta culture you’re after, the Latin Quarter is the epicentre of it all. Cobbled streets, kitschy boutiques, tasty treats – you name it, it’s got it, and with an abundance of medieval heritage monuments scattered about, you’ll see exactly why this is one of the busiest spots in the city.
Celtic jewellery, amazing grub and the best pints in town, you’ll find it all here. The Latin Quarter stretches from the Spanish Arch to O’Brien’s Bridge, all the way to St Nicolas’ Church and as far as Middle Street. With every step you take there is something new and exciting to see, whether it’s a colourful character busking on the corner or some intricately decorated storefronts.
The Latin Quarter is lined with indigenous, family-run businesses, filled with friendly faces and buzzing with an exciting hustle and bustle. You’ll fit right into the steady flow of things and be embraced into the centre of the community because if there’s one thing you can count on in Galway, it’s a warm welcome. Come wind, rain or shine, you’re sure to make some amazing memories in Galway’s beating heart.
When you think of Galway’s Latin Quarter, certain images spring to mind straight away. Sipping on a relaxing pint outside Neachtains, watching the world go by, spending an afternoon browsing through the many shelves of the iconic Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop or perhaps being transported back in time by Aunty Nellies’ sweet shop. These staples have made the area what it is, laying the foundation for the more modern additions. The stunning architecture of Pálás & Merrow will take your breath away before you’ve even decided what movie you’re going to see. Coffeewerk + Press have created a whole new space, where coffee meets art and sustainability is promoted tirelessly. Galway Tattoos have given the area a whole new edge, offering some of the best ink in town. The Quarter has quite literally got everything your could hope for.
Gin drinkers will find solace in the Liquor Lounge or Tigh Nora, while Sonny Molloys, Dáil Bar and the Front Door offer a pint drinking paradise. Between 1520 and Busker Brownes, you’ll be in cocktail heaven and if wine and cheese boards are your forté, Kasbah’s got all the vino you could hope for. Whatever your tipple, the Latin Quarter has got it by the barrel.
For an antique piece you won’t find anywhere else, or a vintage gem you’ll cherish for years, you know where to head. Engagement rings, souvenirs and mementos galore fill every nook and cranny of Cobwebs, Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery and Thomas Dillons. The Latin Quarter has such a welcoming atmosphere and these stores envelope strays and passers by into the community, providing them with traditional pieces and Celtic symbols so that wherever their journey takes them, they’ll always have a little bit of Galway history with them.
While the air of traditional Galway lingers throughout the streets, the Latin Quarter is a hub for international fare, providing tastes from all over the globe. From Spanish tapas in Cava Bodega and Japanese goodness in Kappa Ya to Chinese street cuisine in Xi’An and Tokyo-influenced delights in Wa Sushi, you’ll sample some of the best flavours from far and wide, right in the heart of the city. Quay Street Kitchen will take care of all you veggies while also serving up some hearty soul food to warm you up on those all-too-frequent blustery days. From Gemelle’s insanely tasty brunch to Cupán Tae’s afternoon tea, you’ll need to be rolled out of the Latin Quarter.
After all that eating, drinking and shopping, you’ll be fit to drop. If you’re travelling with a group or are just in need or a clean and comfortable hostel for the night, Snoozles have got you covered. If you want to spend the night relaxing on the most luxurious of beds, the Residence Hotel will ensure you get a good night’s rest. Romantic nights away are best spent in the House Hotel, where you’ll be seduced by the flavours of the fare in the Yard restaurant, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Whether it’s the old reliables like the Wooden Heart – which has been providing the people of Galway with ethical, safe and robust toys for over 30 years now – or the new additions like Story Tailors – a clothing store which stocks eco-friendly, entirely organic and sustainable piece – Galway’s Latin Quarter has got something for everyone. It is constantly evolving, while maintaining the essence of the area and caters to visitors old and new, whether you’re an aul regular propping up the bar or you’re just passing through.