As the cultural capital of Ireland, Galway is a haven for the people of the world who love Irish culture. Galway city is a treasure trove of weaving, winding cobbled streets with bars and restaurants making up much of the road frontage. From Michelin-starred food, tapas and delicious pub grub galore, Galway is a foodie dream. Here’s five places foodies will love!
Caprice is a pretty little café by day and restaurant by night. Located just off the famous Shop Street at 1 Church Lane it is a perfect place to go for lunch after trailing around the shops. A gorgeous little dessert cart greets you as you walk in the door, already tempting you to a sweet treat after your savouries. Very clever Caprice! There is a nice selection of soups, sandwiches, salads and hot food on offer using the best of local Irish ingredients.
The steak and gubbeen cheeseburger with truffle chips is one of the tasty choices on the menu. The coffee is also excellent quality for any coffee lovers out there. There is a tempting weekend brunch menu, breakfast menu and evening dinner menu on offer here too. The brunch menu has a very tempting selection of eggy treats to treat any sore heads on a Sunday morning.
Address: 1 Church Ln, Galway, Ireland
4. The Galleon Restaurant
It rains in Galway, a lot. However, when it is a stunner of a day Galway is THE place to be. Particularly the Spanish Arch and Salthill which come alive the moment a ray of sunshine hits Galway Bay. To take this list a little bit out of Galway city centre, the Galleon Restaurant located in the heart of Salthill is an oldie but a goody. The Galleon Restaurant serves a nice selection of seafood and steak, along with a number of other tasty options. The Galleon Restaurant is a good choice as a family orientated restaurant with food to suit all the family and is only a stone’s throw from the beach, aquarium and arcades.
Address: 210 Upper Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland
3. The Front Door
The Front Door is an amazing spot located on Cross street. It is amazing for both pub and grub. Galway is a haven for some high-quality pub grub and The Front Door is up there with the best. The super crispy fish and chips, the mouth-watering steaks, the sublimely sticky BBQ ribs- highly recommended. There is always an electric atmosphere in this place.
The Front Door truly has an air of fun and frivolity. If you hang around long enough after a slap-up meal with the button of your jeans unfastened and your gullet laid out on the table, you may just find yourself being swept along by the bubbling atmosphere. Instead of sticking with your plan for an evening of some fine pub grub and an early night, you will be up singing, dancing and having the craic until the wee hours.
Address: 8 Cross Street Upper, Galway, H91 YY06, Ireland
2. Cava Bodega
Can these top five nominees be any different from each other? Next on the list is Cava Bodega which is home to the West’s finest tapas. Turning ten years old in 2018, this haven for Spanish food lovers has only gone from strength to strength. Cava Bodega truly tickles the taste buds. Located on Middle Street, Cava Bodega is central and perfect for ending the day after trawling the streets of Galway. Some of the delectable delights include the patatas bravas and the scallops- cue drool. It doesn’t matter what you eat here, it is all top-quality nosh.
Address: 1 Middle St, Galway, Ireland
1. Aniar Restaurant
What else could be number one only a Michelin starred restaurant, having been awarded the coveted star 2013-2018. This food can only be described as a fine art. The kind of food encountered in Aniar is the kind that is too good to eat because the aesthetics of it is too heart-breaking to stick a fork into. There is a tasting menu that changes daily, so who knows what delights you may encounter. The menu tells you the bare bones of what culinary delights you are about to encounter so when the plate is placed in front of you it all a pleasant and exciting surprise and that is before you even place the fork in your mouth.
Address: 53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland