If you’re in the process of planning a Christmas shopping excursion, we’ve got the guide for you. Galway is divided up into a number of different districts, each with their own delicious eateries, exciting atmosphere and independent stores for you to experience, while limiting your movements to just one area. Here’s where to shop and stay in the Westend to get all your gifts in one go…
23 William Street West // more here
If you haven’t paid the Westend’s latest addition a visit just yet, we really couldn’t recommend it more. A minimalistic space populated with some seriously high quality garments, you’ll find footwear and chinos alongside outerwear, shirts and sweaters. Stocking sustainable and ethically made items, you’ll also find some local favourites within Aplomb including Grey + Ginger and Irish Socksciety.
BELL BOOK & CANDLE
Small Crane, Sea Road // more here
When it comes to buying some last minute Christmas gifts, a browse around Bell Book & Candle will leave you with a little something for all the music, book and film lovers in your life. Equipped with a large second hand stock of records, CDs, books and DVDs that you won’t find anywhere else, this treasure trove is somewhere you need to spend an afternoon digging around in.
THIS IS GALWAY
6 Dominick Street Upper // more here
Well, fancy meeting you here! If you haven’t already heard, we’ve recently published a beautiful book that illustrates all the elements that make this city great in the form of ODE - a Glimpse of Galway. Filled with insightful interviews with some familiar faces, stunning photography and artful composition, we hope this little annual finds its place on your coffee table, your bookshelves and maybe even in your heart.
DR CLARE APOTHECARY
9 Sea Road // more here
For those interested in natural healing remedies, Dr Clare Apothecary has all the herbal tinctures, teas, capsules and cream blends to treat everything from chest infections and skin conditions to stress relief. With essential oils, loose herbs and incredible gift hampers available, you can set your loved one up for a year of self love and detoxification.
GREENS & CO
4 Henry Street // more here
Having recently entered into the world of retail, this 100% plant-based eatery not only serves up seriously tasty vegan grub, but offers an eclectic range of products made by local Irish producers. From luxury hand sanitisers to earrings and masks made by members of their very own team, they’ve got the likes of White Witch Connemara skincare and local art, as well as some of their own range of kimchi, sauerkraut and vegan desserts.
Galway’s Westend has bred quite the acclaimed foodie community, where local produce and raw materials are transformed into spectacular dishes each and every day. Spread some love this festive season by picking up some gift vouchers from the likes of Dela, Kai and Handsome Burger - to name but a few. Simultaneously giving your nearest and dearest something to look forward to while giving some of the these lovely local spots a night cash injection, you can’t go wrong.
A NIGHT’S STAY AT THE HARBOUR HOTEL
From €103 // New Dock Road // more here
While you may not find a place to lay your head in the Westend, a little bit further afield sits one of the city’s finest hotels offering quite the tempting package deal. Nab yourself a comfortable bed for the night, a mouth watering brunch in Dillisk on the Docks and a later checkout time of 3pm to boot - sounds pretty sweet to us.
Of course, there are plenty more fantastic places to see and experience just a stone’s throw away, so feel free to browse some other options right HERE.
Feature photo by Chaosheng Zhang