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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Pub
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“Typical old Irish “teach taibhairne” pub and music venue with a stunning range of vintage Irish memorabilia. Also the pub in Ed Sheeran’s music video for the sing “Galway Girl”. Just note: it Does not serve food. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“This is the most photographed area of Galway. It is midpoint on the Wild Atlantic Way and a rugged path runs along the coast to the beaches in Salthill. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Bakery
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“This is our favourite restaurant in Galway. Beautiful healthy food at reasonable prices. Childrens' menu. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Establishment
“A great location on the seafront in Galway. Park and walk along the promenade and then enjoy a really interesting browse through the National Aquarium, hold a star fish and see the wonderful fish that live in our waters. A good coffee shop too, where you can sit and look over Galway Bay.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a small place with nice tapas style food and good wines. Open for lunch and dinner. Probably a good idea to book although not always necessary. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Establishment
“Great place for the whole family. Aside three swimming pools they also have sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pub
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“If you like your beers the Oslo bar should be able to satisfy your every need. Try the local bear sampling platter that will give a taste of the in-house beers. Great food to boot in a seaside location down in The Village Salthill. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Route
“If you've heard of Claddagh rings, well this is where they originated. I was born here and baptised in this church. One of the oldest parts of the city, but the distinctive thatched cottages were all demolished in the 1950's. A boat building tradition continues though and you will often see traditional wooden fishing boats called the Galway Hooker with their distinctive triangular sails. In winter most of them are hauled out and stored on the quayside.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
“As a family, we love eating here. Everyone is happy! Pizza, pasta and great customer service”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“This is possibly my favourite restaurant. They have really good beer. Especially my favourite beer Fichers (pronounced fishers). The kids love the chicken wings. I love the Dahl and their fries & onion rings are sooo good! I don't eat meat but I've heard the steak and the burgers and the ribs are excellent. The staff as really nice. The owner is always there which make the high standards upheld. There are games for kids, pool tables, massive screen TV and ..did I mention the beers? Ok I did, but they are worth mentioning again. There is a huge range of craft beers. The staff will help you to select something to your taste. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Store
  • 2 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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  • 7 locals recommend
Establishment
“A busy cafe slightly off the beaten path but get there early for a lunch table as the locals know all about it! The brown bread is divine and you can buy a loaf to go as well as some other baked treats.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beach
“If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Galway City, then we'd recommend to head to out towards the seaside town of Salt Hill. It's about a 30 minute walk from Galway City Centre, but the journey there is one of the highlights in visiting it! The Salt Hill Promenade stretches all along Galway Bay, and when the weather is good, you can often see Clare and the Burren just across the water. Breathe in the sea air, maybe take a stroll on the small sandy beaches and take in the gorgeous views; you'll thank us later. If you feel like taking a dip in the cold waters of the Atlantic, what better way to try it than to jump all the way in headfirst? During the summer, the Blackrock diving pier is one of the most popular places to be in Galway; you'll often see locals attempting somersaults while jumping in .. Or else they just go full cannonball. Try it yourself if you feel brave enough to face the freezing water! Even if you don't feel like swimming, you can always just take a walk towards the pier for the views; make sure to kick the wall for good luck while you're down there! If you're traveling with a family, Salt Hill is a great place to go all year round, even on a rainy day. There's the Galway Atlantaquaria, the arcades in Seapoint Leisure, and Leisureland if swimming in the ocean seems a little too adventurous. There's even a ferris wheel in the summer, which is replaced with an ice rink in the winter! You'll be spoiled for food choices in Salt Hill if you get a bit peckish. Gourmet Tart Co. and Ground & Co. Café would be our recommendations for coffee, sweet treats and lunch. For later on in the day, if you feel like some Asian street food, head to Papa Rich above the aquarium for great food and stunning views of Galway Bay. For something a little different, Black Cat is an award winning restaurant, which specializes in tapas and seafood. If you're looking to treat yourself in a laid-back, classy atmosphere, this is the place for you! There are also some fantastic bars in this little town, one of the most famous being O' Connors Famous Pub; yes, that is its real name! It's only open between 7:30am - 12:30am, but it is always packed with people and there's live music every night! Oslo Bar and Microbrewery is another gem in Salt Hill, with unique beers and a great menu for food.”
  • 46 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Off-Licence
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“Will supply all your shopping requirements if you are cooking at home. only about 200 metres away”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing seafood platter.... great treat after walking the promenade on a sunny day... (091) 527 100 - www.fisherman.ie”
  • 6 locals recommend