Ireland – Galway City

Galway buskersIn county Galway lies Galway City (where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone). Driving around Galway can be a little hair raising with it’s cobble stone streets filled with crowds and narrow pathways the barely fit one car let alone two and foot traffic, but once you find a parking spot and head out on foot, you’re going to love it. It’s modern and magically historic all at once. My favorite thing to do is just spend half a day wander the streets, popping in and out of shops and stopping to check out the buskers (street performers) that are spread out strategically throughout the city centre.

Whenever I come to the west coast, I usually stay in Spiddal (near friends), but if there’s a festival going on or late night plans are in order, it’s nice to stay over in the city and avoid the 20-25 minute drive along the dark and winding coastal roads back to Spiddal.

Here’s a list of places I’ve stayed and would recommend, but I’ve heard most of the hotels are great stays and reasonable rates:

All of the above are next to or in Eyre square, which is walking distance of all the happenings in town. One of my favorite things to do is just walk around and check out the vast array of street performers and pop into shops to see what’s going to be my next “oh this? I got this in Galway.”  Galway is a great place to meander, with more shops, pubs and restaurants than I can fairly list, but I set out some of the favorites I know, first hand.

Shopping. There are lots of shops to wander in and out of. These are must stops every visit.

  • Pennies – cheap and cheerful dept store (right in Eyre Square) to get souvenirs or stock up on stuff you forgot or didn’t bother to pack
  • Maloney’s Music Shop – beautiful music instruments from around the world

Restaurants/Pubs. Again, it’s hard to find bad food/drink in Galway, but these are my trusted favs