Due to its beautiful seaside location, Galway’s culinary scene is most well known for its scrumptious fish and chips by the sea, or perhaps its “catch of the day specials” in the finest restaurants. But did you know that Galway city is also a haven for those in search of the best full Irish Breakfast in Connacht? Read on to discover our top 5 places for a full Irish Breakfast in Galway!
5. Revive Café
Looking for a full Irish right in the heart of Eyre Square? Well, look no further than Revive Café. The dishes in Revive are of utmost freshness and taste fab – their baked goods are actually baked daily at 6:30 am and thus you are hit by the distinct aroma of home baking as you enter the café. Their full Irish is a very reasonable €8.50 and is full of Irish meats, fried eggs, and toasted potato farls. The staff are a joy and what marks Revive as a standout breakfast joint is its outdoor seating area. If you are lucky enough to be seeking your full Irish whilst the sun shines down then make a beeline for the outdoor patio, which seats 40 people and is akin to a central European café when the weather is good. Revive opens at 12 so if you like your lie-in then this is the café for you!
Address: Revive Café, Eyre Square, Galway
4. The Cellar Bar
The Cellar Bar is best known for its gastropub title and sports screens, but it also serves up a great full Irish. You will feel at ease in the cosy surroundings with exposed brickwork and even an open fire on colder days. Their full Irish is a very reasonable €10.95 for the portion and quality. The aptly named “Big Breakfast” at The Cellar is a plate of pure comfort food, complete with a portion of fries and served with tea or coffee. In the need for a bit of extra soakage? Order a side portion of hashbrowns – crisped to perfection, they may not be the healthiest item on the menu but are worth it every now and again!
Address: The Cellar Bar, 12 Eglinton Street, Galway
3. Cupán Tae
Quirky and quaint, Cupán Tae is a stunning feature on Galway’s Quay Street. Their ingredients are fresh, simple and when combined make for a delectable full Irish. Their sausages, rashers, and pudding are accompanied by free-range eggs, roasted tomatoes, and freshly baked brown bread, and it is worth the €11 price tag. Their veggie Full Irish is also a stellar treat – it has unusual but extremely tasty treats such as carrot hummus and chopped beetroot clusters for €10. Pop down to Cupán Tae from 10 am onwards each morning and enjoy your breakfast with a tea from their huge range. From hibiscus to matcha and back to the traditional Earl Grey, you will be spoiled for choice!
Address: Cupán Tae, 8 Quay Lane, Galway
2. Gourmet Tart Company
This beautiful Salthill café and bakery has a special place in the hearts of Galway natives. They offer perfectly roasted coffee, freshly baked goods, and an extensive wine list later on in the day. They have also nailed the perfect Irish breakfast to provide you with fuel for a day at the adjacent beach. The full Irish comes in at €9.95 and is of the utmost quality – all rashers, pudding, and sausages are provided by local butchers Colleran’s, and their eggs are free-range. The freshly baked multi-seed bread is a standout on your plate, and for a couple of extra euro you can add some gourmet extras to your first meal of the day – avocado or smoked salmon, anyone? The Gourmet Tart Company is open from 7:30 am each day of the week so is ideal for all you early risers! If you’re more inclined to stay right in the city centre, check out their café there – same enjoyment factor guaranteed!
Address: Gourmet Tart Company, Jameson Court, Salthill, Galway
1. 56 Central
Food aside (and trust us, we’ll get to that in a second), 56 Central deserves its number one ranking because of the positive, happy vibes that the surround the restaurant. Their tagline is “Our Happy Place”, and they totally live up to this line. Staff are friendly and pleasant, and children are more than welcome – 56 Central is an idyllic spot for a family breakfast. 56 Central offers a full Irish for €10. You will receive perfectly cooked and locally sourced meats alongside all the trimmings – the oven roasted, herb-infused new potatoes and buttermilk and walnut bread are stand-out components. Another attractive aspect of 56 Central is their grá for the Irish language – their menu headings are translated into our native language, as is their tagline – “Áit Ant Sonas”. So whether you are a tourist or simply a local looking to try a new restaurant, we thoroughly recommend you make 56 Central your happy place.
Address: 56 Central, 5 Shop Street, Galway