Best coffee in Galway: top 5 spots

Need your caffeine fix? Got you! Check out our top spots for the best coffee in Galway below, for the best that the west coast city has to offer.

Best coffee in Galway: top 5 spots

A good day starts with a good cup of coffee. And when in Galway, you certainly won’t run out of options to get your morning (or afternoon) fix. No matter if you are after an espresso, a flat white or a cappuccino, Galway has you covered.

However, as everywhere, some places are better than others. We have made our rounds in the city and checked out the caffeine scene. See our top places for the best coffee in Galway below. And in case we have missed your favourite, let us know and we will head there for sampling as soon as we can. 

5. Ground + Co – an afternoon coffee right at the beach 

Ground & Co coffee kicks off our list of the best places for coffee in Galway.
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Heading to the seaside? Don’t worry about your morning caffeine, Ground + Co. has you covered. One of our top spots for the best coffee in Galway, this cafe just next to the Aquarium in Salthill is a prime location for sipping a cup while gazing at the ocean. 

Run by entrepreneur Kevin Nugent, it has become a second home for locals and visitors alike, many of them praising the barista’s skills and coffee selection.

Besides the popular blend, they also have freshly-made treats and cakes and a great-value lunch menu featuring everything from fish and chips to veggie burgers. On a sunny day, we love to get a cup and head straight to the beach. 

Address: Aquarium Building, Salthill, Galway, H91 T2FD, Ireland

4. Café Temple – get your caffeine-fix and support local charities

Cafe Temple is one of the best places for coffee in Galway.
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Shabby-chic Temple Café right by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop is one of those places everyone seems to know and love – and there’s a reason for it: their coffee blends are some of the best in town, the staff is exceptionally friendly, and the cosy vibe of the place just adds to a wonderful caffeine experience. We especially love their iced coffee!

The Temple Café is determined to make folks value what they eat and drink and their yummy menu mirrors just that. Get some home-made cake, a wholesome sandwich or buckwheat pancakes to go with your coffee.

And if you are vegan, you will surely be delighted to hear that their whole menu is 100% plant-based. Part of their profit goes to local charities, which is a great excuse to come back again and again for a caffeine-fix (and food, too!). 

Address: St Augustine St, Galway, SE6 1011, Ireland 

3. Mocha Beans – for award-winning, home-roasted coffee

Mocha Beans - for award-winning, home-roasted coffee in Galway
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Mocha Beans has been around since 1997 and now has branches all over the country. However, given it all started right here on the West coast, we just had to include it on our list of the best coffee in Galway.

They roast all their coffee beans in house, meaning the whole place smells amazing all day long (and you can take home your favourites, too!). Mocha Bean’s blends have won several awards including the gold medal at Blas na HEireann for producing the freshest and best tasting coffee in Ireland. 

Besides their signature drink, they are also famous for their breakfast, ranging from the classic Irish feast to smoothie berry bowls, porridge, and vegan granola. 

Address: 25 Lower Newcastle Road, Galway, H91 X466, Ireland

2. Coffeewerk + Press – enjoy fair-trade coffee in an artsy setting

Coffeewerk + Press - enjoy fair-trade coffee in an artsy setting
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This charming place on Quay Street, easily recognisable by its distinct yellow door, is a local favourite among caffeine junkies and art lovers alike.

The socially-aware business works with a variety of fair-trade international roasters, many of them paying farmers above market value, so you can sip what many call the best coffee in Galway and do good at the same time.

Besides their coffee, we love the artsy vibe at Coffeewerk + Press. The cafe showcases works of some of the best local and international talent in ever-changing little exhibitions – think of it as a mix of cute cafe and art gallery. 

No time to sit down? Their adorable take-away cups feature a colourful illustration of the cafe itself and are totally Instagram-worthy!

Address: 4 Quay St, Galway, SE6 1059, Ireland 

1. Espresso 44 – hands down the best coffee in Galway

Espresso 44 - hands down the best coffee in Galway
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Espresso 44 on William Street, right in the centre of Galway, is hard to miss thanks to its vibrant orange exterior – and the intoxicating aroma of coffee wafting from within.

The little gem serves its own exclusive coffee brand called Fixx Coffee, a three-time-winner at the Great Taste Awards. And if you love it so much you just can’t get enough, you can also buy the best coffee in Galway in bags to take it back home. 

Besides their popular caffeine fix, Expresso 44 sells breakfast, sandwiches and homemade cakes, all made from locally sourced products and daily changing, so you will want to come back more than once. 

The cafe is big on dairy-alternatives and always has food options for vegans, making it a favourite among Galway’s plant-based community, too. 

Address: 44 William St, Galway, SW4 801, Ireland 

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Astrid Hofer works as a freelance journalist for media outlets around the world, mainly writing about travel, lifestyle, and pop culture. When she is not busy listening to live music in one of her favourite pubs, taking cheesy sunset pictures at the beach, or cliff walking, she can usually be found over a mug of hot chocolate planning her next trip.