Plan the Perfect Picnic in Galway
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Plan the Perfect Picnic in Galway

When the weather is good is Galway it's hard to resist the urge of al fresco dining, and if you are like us a bit of picnicking can go a long way to raise our spirits and put us in a cheerful mood so if you're like us and want to enjoy a picnic in Galway check out our guide below!

From the preparation right down to finding the perfect location, there are loads of factors to consider so if you are after the perfect picnic in Galway, read on for our suggestions...

Prepare your Picnic Basket

Galway Bay Hotel

The Galway Bay Hotel is making picnicking even easier for you with their Brunch Boxes. The boxes come in two options, a luxury and basic box. The boxes are filled with pastries, granola pots, brown bread, smoked salmon and much more. Once you’ve decided which you’d like, book 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment. When picking it up don’t forget to grab a coffee at the Beachfront Barista.

above: photo courtesy of Galway Bay Hotel 

Trieste Café & Wine Bar

Are you looking for a more romantic or sophisticated option for your picnic? Well Trieste Café & Wine Bar is the place to go. They make charcuterie boxes filled with cheese, cured meats, crackers, relishes and freshly made bread. This gorgeous treat box will be the perfect addition to a romantic picnic on the beach. They can even deliver to your house if needs be! You can find out more here.

Add some Cans from Galway Bay Brewery

Once your food is sorted you’ll need to sort out the drinks side of things, well Galway Bay Brewery has got you sorted. With multiple pubs stocking their cans around Galway (such as Oslo, The Dew Drop Inn, and Salt House) you can pop in, pick up a few cans and head to the Sparch for your picnic. Don’t get bogged down if you're not in the city though, because they also have an online shop you can buy from here.


This one stop shop for Irish produce will help you create an amazing picnic basket. With fresh meats, cheese and salads your picnic will be filled with the best of the best. With options for sandwiches and pastries you’ll be spoiled for choice. The shop also has an off-licence so you can grab a bottle of red to set the mood for your picnic. There is also the option of buying a hamper ready to go, take a look here.

You can’t have a picnic without the perfect picnic location, so are making things easier for you with a list of places that we believe would be great for a picnic! Check them out below...

Picnic Perfect Spots


Located just a few minutes from the city centre this is a great place to pop down a blanket and have a peaceful picnic. This is a beautiful location and perfect for when you want somewhere a little quieter that is still close to the city.

Spanish Arch and Middle Arch

On the other hand if you want somewhere in the city that will be booming with people, laughs and music the second the sun is out, then the Spanish Arch is where to go. This is one of the most famous locations for a sit down with your friends, a few cans and a bite to eat. You have to do it at least once!

University of Galway Campus

The University’s campus is shrouded with history and would be the perfect place for a walk about. After learning all there is to learn, settle down on the green by the Quad for your picnic and soak up the sun.

Along the Canals

Galway has plenty of canals and along these canals are beautiful little spaces of green grass that are perfect for a picnic and some people watching. So plonk your blanket down and have the little space to yourself while you watch all the people pass by.

South Park by the Claddagh

This waterfront location is a peaceful and romantic place that allows you to see the water but without all the people of Salthill. It is also closer to the city making it that little bit handier to get to for all of those walking.


But opposingly, Salthill is a classic. From the Diving Tower to Ladies Beach you are bound to find somewhere that is just perfect for your picnic. With the light on the water it is quite the romantic spot. You can even go for a dip after your picnic, if you’re brave enough!

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