By Martha Brennan
Galway is known for its boundless cultural offerings. There’s the traditional music, sporting talents, vast scenery, its conservation of the Irish language, amazing artists and of course; the food. This city is home to countless innovative and amazing restaurants – and as broke students, it is our job to spend money we don’t have testing each and every one of them.
So behold, in no particular order, SIN’s guide to the top five Galway restaurants and cafés.
Biteclub Streetfood Discotheque
Electric’s culinary endeavor has fared a lot better among Galway students than people first imagined. With affordable, creative cocktails and a menu that ranges from tacos to Korean fried chicken, it’s no wonder it’s become a number one spot among students. The restaurant was recently renovated, and the updated décor is some of the funkiest Galway has to offer.
Be sure to try: The chicken wings (famous for a reason) and the crispy hand cut fries.
A classic among students and professionals alike, Java’s has been serving French style crêpes and Baileys hot chocolates to the people of Galway for years. With both savory and sweet options, and an extensive coffee menu, Java’s always proves the perfect meeting point – especially with its comfy couches and late-night hours. Think Galway’s alternative to Central Perk.
Be sure to try: The Caramel and Banana Crêpe
Dela has become a brunchin’ phenomenon in Galway recently. Previously a well – kept secret, the all day brunch offerings at Dela now attract daily lines. Be sure to wait though, the stunning décor and the fry that can cure anything, it’s worth the wait.
Be sure to try: The Dela Brunch Burrito
Papa Rich is another Galway institution quickly gaining notoriety. The Asian chain now has three restaurants across the city, all worth a visit. Offering both the classics and dishes with a signature twist, Papa Rich is a student favorite not just because of its low prices but also its dependability and non – greasy feels.
Be sure to try: Singapore Noodles
Kai’s location in Galway’s West End doesn’t make it the first stop to come to anyone’s head when grabbing a quick bite between lectures, but the critics’ favourite is one of the top restaurants in Galway. The chefs at Kai use locally sourced ingredients to create seasonal menus that attract huge crowds daily. Be sure to add this one to the list when you have a day off from studying and can make the dreaded journey west.
Be sure to try: Their experimental desserts, appropriately title ‘happy endings’ on the menu.
Date Night – Quay Street Kitchen for amazing food at a reasonable price.
Close to College – 37 West for the Famous Chicken Melt.
Coffee Spot – Outside McCambridge’s on Shop Street for the best people watching around.
When Notions Arise – Breakfast at Ard Bia.
Can’t leave Galway without trying – Boojum for an unarguable classic.
Photo by William Murphy on Flickr