Galway is one of the most popular spots in Ireland and for good reason. On the west coast of the Emerald Isle, the small city is home to one of the most active and exciting arts communities in the country. Its many festivals, including specialized ones for children, film, and even circus performers, its active university community, and its diverse inhabitants mean that Galway is hipster heaven in Ireland. As well as exciting artistic communities, Galway is also home to fantastic restaurants that will save your life after a night’s dancing in Roisin Dubh. We’ve rounded up the best brunch spots for BUCKiTDREAMers who want to savor all that Galway has to offer.
McCambridge’s is a Galway legend that is precious to every citizen of the city. Opened in 1925, it has fed hungry Galwegians since then, acting as both a restaurant and a food shop selling artisanal products. You can stop in at the food hall to pick up some of the best products that Ireland has to offer and then go upstairs to the cute restaurant to enjoy some delicious food cooked onsite. They have gorgeous avocado toast if you’re trying to be good, or an epic full Irish breakfast including fantastic Irish sausages if you want to go for a full blow-out.
- Ard Bia at Nimmo’s
This place is totally famous in Galway and for good reason. It serves a unique blend of food, combining gorgeous Irish produce with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. You’ll definitely need to book – this place is small and packed on the weekends as it’s so popular. However, if you get in the door, it’ll be worth the effort as it’s a cute cottage-style building with gorgeous crockery that you can actually buy there. Try the Burren smoked salmon or the power salad. They both showcase the best of Irish ingredients and the salad is packed with Middle Eastern flavours.
- Café Renzo
If you’re looking for a taste of Italy, Café Renzo is the perfect spot for you. Inspired by the stylish cafes dotted around cities in Italy, this cute spot is proud of its perfect coffee and continental-style breakfast alongside cooked brunch classics. If you fancy a lighter brunch, you can do no better than to try their freshly cooked pastries alongside a heavy-hitting Americano or espresso coffee that their skilled baristas will brew for you. If you want something a bit more filling, try their yummy poached eggs on Italian-style ciabatta, which will keep you full for a day of sightseeing around Galway.
- The Kitchen
If you fancy the combination of food and sightseeing, then The Kitchen is the perfect place to visit while you’re in Galway. Located in the Galway City Museum, it’s the ideal spot to eat in before or after checking out the impressive exhibitions on the history of Galway and its inhabitants. The Kitchen caters for carnivores and veggies alike, with its gorgeous full Irish breakfast and delicious veggie and fruit juices. The venue itself is right beside the sea and full of light, so it’s a gorgeous spot to visit for a bite to eat.
- The Cellar Bar
The Cellar Bar truly is the best of Irish pub culture. Pairing a traditional venue with delicious food, it’s an ideal spot for any visitor to eat. Serving everything from the full Irish to filling pasta dishes and traditional sandwiches and ciabatta, the best thing about this place is that you can eat your fill along with a perfect pint of Guinness. If you go for a later brunch on a Sunday and then hang around, they have traditional Irish musicians playing from 6pm. The perfect Galway experience!
If you’re environmentally and health-conscious, Kai is the perfect brunch venue for you. The owners are focused on locally sourced and fully organic food and want to make sure that every customer has the best experience alongside the tastiest meals possible. While you might think that organic evangelists are preachy and annoying, Kai serves up gorgeous food in a relaxed atmosphere. Try their homemade fish fingers if you want a blast of childhood nostalgia or opt for the lentil and broccoli filo parcel if you want something warm and comforting. Organic never tasted so good!
Even if you aren’t battling the effects of a crazy night on the tiles, make sure you stop by some of these brunch stops to refuel on your trip to Galway. There’s so much to see there that you’ll definitely need it! Don’t forget to add everything to your BUCKiTDREAM planner and to upload and tag everything on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Ireland is famous for its food, so enjoy making everyone at home jealous!