If there's one thing Galway will never let you down in, it's the number of vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafés that are dotted around the city and county. Galway is known for having some of the best vegan and vegetarian spots in the country so read on to discover our top vegan/vegetarian picks. ..
While we know that many of our carnivorous readers enjoy a good meaty feast, there are an abundance of vegan and vegetarian folk out there just waiting for the inside scoop on where to get all of the veggie goodness in Galway. Here’s where to head for a good aul vegan/vegetarian feed…
A vegetarian paradise, The Lighthouse Café is the perfect spot for a quiet catch up over some wholesome food. With locations in both Terryland and Abbeygate Street, they’ve got healthy and hearty lunches that’ll keep you fueled all day long. A particular highlight of their menu is the daily special plant-based hotpot that's perfect for those colder Galway days. But that's not all, choosing between their range of salads, sandwiches and vegan pancakes makes for a tough decision! One thing's for sure, vegetarian food has never tasted so good!
8 Abbeygate St Upper & Terryland Retail Park // more here
The Gourmet Offensive
One of Galway’s most iconic veggie spots, TGO introduced the people of Galway to the middle eastern delicacy of falafel back in 2005, and quickly became a local favourite. Ten years later, they found their home in No.11 Mary Street and have been serving up everything from traditional falafels to TGO style spice bags ever since. If colourful salads or wholesome curries are more your thing, they’ve got the goods - did we mention they’ve got their very own homemade tofu? For affordable, flavoursome food, look no further than the humble TGO.
11 Mary St // more here
There's something for everyone at Ré Nao, as they offer authentic Asian menu, and a full vegan menu that has its own separate kitchen area! The menu includes spinach dumpling made in-house from spinach dough, crispy tofu jiamo in a white bao bun and bao cui jianbing which is a Traditional Chinese style crepe packed with loads of veggie goodness. Doesn't that all sound divine? and we've only just scratched the surface of the range of yummy vegan dishes they have to offer. Take yourself down to their location on the Spanish Arch and check out the full menu for yourself.
Spanish Arch // more here
Since 2016, Café Temple has been providing vegans and vegetarians with some of the best grub in town. A plant-based eatery right in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter, they're known for serving up some seriously tasty options. For brekkie, their veggie/vegan full Irish fry is always a good choice and their pink beetroot pancakes are perfect for a summer’s morning. You’re spoiled for options at lunchtime all year round with their healthy salads, falafel wraps, and amazing soups made fresh everyday. If your sweet tooth gets the better of you, a crumbly vegan muffin alongside a tasty vegan hot chocolate will hit the spot.
12 The Cornstore // more here
Builín Blasta is a friendly kind of place, offering a truly Irish Céad Míle Fáilte to everyone who wanders through their doors. They offer award-winning veganetarian options such as their 3 bean veggie chili and their super tasty hallouimi sandwich with hummus, marinated tomatoes and mayo on foccacia. If you’re looking for a sweet fix while you browse the wares of Ceardlann craft village, treat yourself to one of their delicious vegan desserts and a warm cuppa. Focusing on wholesome, homemade food, Builín Blasta is the perfect pitstop for any Wild Atlantic Way explorer.
Ceardlann Craft & Design Centre, Spiddal // more here
A true oasis in the east side of the city, this jungle themed outdoor café is ideal for those breakfast catch ups or time-out lunches and they’ve got plenty of flavoursome vegan and vegetarian dishes to choose from. Passionate about cooking, the team at Jungle Café makes everything from scratch using locally sourced produce. Vibrant salads, wholesome sandwiches and hearty soups are just some of the meat-free favourites and for dessert, spoil yourself to a delicious vegan cakes or cookies. Their avo toast is an absolute must try!
29 Forster St // more here
Greens & Co
After transforming the walls of a butcher shop into a modern plant-based eatery, Greens & Co serve simple wholesome food to the highest possible standard with an emphasis on local producers and suppliers. Their seasonal menu features the likes of warm soup, tofu fish and chips, a busting burger and loads more. With daily specials and a range of baked treats there's nothing like a dining experience at Galway Westend's Greens & Co.
4 Henry St // more here
Having started learning about vegetarianism and veganism nearly four years ago, the folks at Sweet Nothings café have always put an emphasis on living clean and as sustainably as possible. Their menu is 100% vegetarian and nearly everything has a plant-based alternative. They’ve even got vegan, wheat and refined sugar free desserts that they’ve been selling at markets for the last three years and it’s clear that Connemara has taught them that simplicity and living in harmony with nature is the key to everything. With a ‘no plastic’ policy, Sweet Nothings use carton bags, boxes, forks and biodegradable cups only, so you get to enjoy a guilt free experience from start to finish.
Ballyconneely, Connemara // more here
For ethical comfort food and a selection of goods from artisan producers, you’re going to want to check out Vegano Delicatessen’s hot food counter. Filled with a whole lot of grain meats, dressings and cheeses, they put together a tasty array of vegan pastries and sandwiches fresh each day. They’ve got shelves filled with all kinds of vegan sweet treats like jellies and chocolate and since it’s Galway’s first vegan deli, we’ve gotta support it!
52 Newcastle Road // more here
An ultimate family favourite, the folks at Pasta Factory have created a vegan-friendly menu fit for a king and queen. With a strong focus on supporting local suppliers, the menu consistently features different specials, pairing seasonal flavours along with their signature homemade pasta. While you’re there, you’ve got to try their staple vegan bolognese. Wash it down with a bottle of refreshing kombucha and one of their unreal vegan cake jars. If you’re still hungry (which we highly doubt) don’t forget, you can even eat your plate!
13 Mary Street // more here
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