Cafes and Delis in Galway
Whether whiling away the morning over pastries and a pot of tea or taking a quick coffee break from discovering Galway’s colourful, winding streets, you’ll find a plethora of options for caffeine and sugar – in all their delightful forms – in this ever-charming city.
Like most cities, there is a huge choice and being honest a huge variation in prices and standards. However, you will certainly eat well in any of the Galway Hotels. But whether you are staying there or not, you will no doubt want to get out and about and sample something different. For a snack or light lunch you won’t go wrong with any of the Galway cafes, they are all very well priced and do fantastic home baking.
If you are on a budget the best tip is to have lunch in the middle of the day in one of the Galway Pubs. Most do a choice of main courses from 12-3pm for about €10, but if you would prefer to eat in the evenings, expect to pay a bit more. When your best bet is to wander down Quay Street where you will find Gemelles, Artisan and Ard Bia at the Spanish Arch, all are good value with innovative reasonably priced early-bird menus.
Goya’s is a treat of a café tucked away on the charming Kirwan’s Lane, a historic narrow passage just off Galway’s main thoroughfare. This little haven of sugar has a perfect version of whatever your sweet tooth is craving – Galwegians and visitors alike love their lemon meringue pie and chocolate fudge cake especially. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, the light lunch options of sandwiches, quiches and salads are also worth a visit.
At the award-winning Kai Café + Restaurant, light streams through a generous roof-lantern into the rustic stone-and-wood dining room, giving a visceral sense of connection to the west coast’s rugged landscape, from where the ingredients for its dishes are sourced. With a focus on doing things simply, owners David and Jessica Murphy have created in Kai a food experience that is at once basic and innovative, unadorned and yet beautiful.
Opposite the historic Kirwan’s Lane in ‘old Galway’, you will find The Pie Maker, where locals go to enjoy handmade sweet and savoury pies. Savoury options such as the beef and Galway stout pie come with either mashed potatoes and mushy peas or a leafy salad, and all are made with Irish meats, organic vegetables, and spelt flour. The menu of sweet pies includes banoffee, butternut squash and organic white chocolate, and Irish apple pie.