The Perfect Food-focused Weekend in Galway
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The Perfect Food-focused Weekend in Galway

They say nothing brings people together like good food and we here at This is Galway could not agree more. Known far and wide for its gastronomic traditions and flourishing foodie community, Galway’s got one of the finest food scenes on the Emerald Isle. So if you’re planning on making a break for the west in the coming weeks, here’s a convenient little itinerary of where to head for breakfast, lunch and dinner over the weekend...



It’s your first day,  so head to Galway's WestEnd for the coffee and brunch of your dreams in Urban Grind. From french toast to eggs and avocado, Urban Grind has all your breakfast needs sorted. With amazing coffee from 3fe, it's the perfect place for your needed caffeine fix and will set you up perfectly for a day of exploring.

8 William St W // MORE HERE


After walking around Galway's Westend, browsing the shops and maybe even stopping for a pint in The Crane, head to the award winning restaurant, Kai to get the lunch of champions. They are serving up fish fingers, stew, and everything in between. If you're still too stuffed from your breakfast, the guys in Kai have an amazing selection of cakes and sweet treats that will have you gaining that appetite right back. So pop on in to Jess Murphy’s Kai and have your taste buds brought on a journey.

20 Sea Road // MORE HERE




After a busy day of exploring you’ll wanna head to The Kings Head, one of the oldest buildings in Galway and jam packed full of history, music and great food. It has everything you need, from pints of local Galway hooker beer to even more local food. If seafood is your thing they’ve fresh scallops and amazing oysters sourced from only down the road! So head in grab a spot by the fireplace and enjoy a pint before heading to the bistro and getting your fix of fresh galway grub.

15 High St// MORE HERE 



On Saturday morning head down to The Spanish Arch and along the roaring River Corrib to Ard Bia at Nimmos. This place serves up the best of the best, sweet or savoury they've got you covered. With a changing menu for each season, you know it's full of thought and care, but no matter what is on the menu it is guaranteed to be amazing. Hop down early though because there will be queues!

Spanish Arch, The Long Walk. // MORE HERE 

Coffee break 

In need of a pick me up, Magpie Bakery is just the place. Serving Calender Coffee, roasted here in Galway and serving pastries fresh out of the oven, this place will have you dreaming of it for weeks after. So do yourself a favour and pop in and grab a flat white and a morning bun…or two!

Unit 12, The Cornstore. // MORE HERE


At some point or another you’re going to want to head out to Salthill for a walk on the Prom, and after kicking the wall pop over to Blackrock Cottage. From small bites to bigger plates this place brings an array of good food to the table. With the beautiful Irish sea and famous Blackrock diving tower as a view, this is a great place to grab a bite to eat.

Blackrock House, Salthill// MORE HERE 


Now that you're as far as Salthill, keep heading West to Barna, to the amazing fish restaurant, Hooked. With the freshest of fish these guys do not disappoint. From the classic fish and chips (which can be made gluten free!) to decadent fish burgers all your fish fantasies will come through. If Barna is too far away, don’t worry because they’ve a second restaurant much closer to the city on Henry Street, so you have no excuse!

Unit 20, Seapoint, Barna// MORE HERE



Your weekend in Galway is drawing to a close, so where to next? Well for breakfast it's straight to Dela. This decked out menu has everything a brunch lover could dream of, from a traditional fry to breakfast burritos, you won’t be able to choose. And sure while you’re at it why not treat yourself to a glass of bubbles, a mimosa perhaps? You’re on your holidays after all!

51 Dominick St Lower// MORE HERE


On the weekend Galway has the most amazing market, at St. Nicholas’ Church. It has been operating for over 100 years(!) so it would be a crime not to go. They’ve got sushi, sausages, oysters, bagels and much much more, so no matter what your palette is craving they’ve got you covered. So browse the stalls of local and handmade crafts while chowing down on some fresh food, and do yourself the favour of grabbing a freshly made doughnut from Boychik Donuts, you won’t regret it.

Church Lane // MORE HERE

Galway Market


For your last meal in Galway let’s head to the winner of best takeaway in Ireland Birdhouse. This little place is tucked away inside Carroll’s Pub, so you can grab a cold pint while you deliberate what homemade sauce (out of the 12!) you’d like on your chicken wings. Here you will find chicken wings, tenders and burgers, and if the sauce you choose leaves you wanting more and more you can buy their sauces on their website, so you’ll never be left without!

39 Dominick Street Lower// MORE HERE

Feature photo and Market Photo by EmJ Camera, courtesy of Dine in Galway.

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