Fancy a caffeine fuelled tour down west? You’re in luck because if there’s one thing I know, it’s where to find the best cafés in Galway! Having spent most of my college days hopped up on the stuff, I can guarantee that these spots won’t disappoint. So in no particular order...
The Top 10 Best Cafés in Galway
1. Corrib House Tea Rooms
By far one of my favourite spots in Galway, this place is a surprisingly well-kept secret considering how good their coffee is.
Located just around the corner from the Salmon Weir Bridge, go early and nab the coveted window seat (gorge views of the River Corrib). Definitely one for the brunchers amongst us; their pancakes and waffles are by far the best I’ve ever had.
2. The Jungle Café
Mad for a trip to the Amazon but living penny to penny? Compromise with a visit to The Jungle Café. Chilled-out vibes, outdoor seating (corrugated Perspex roof for rain cover…this is Ireland after all) and leafy forest-esque décor. This is Galway’s answer to a tropical oasis.
3. Java’s Creperie
Any place with ‘creperie’ in the name is going to get a big yes from me. Open until 12a.m, Java’s is the perfect place to burn the midnight oils if you’ve got a deadline to meet. Call in for the coffee, stay for the crepes. The cutest café this side of France.
4. Gerona Deli
Right next to the Eyre Square Shopping Centre, this was my usual lunchtime haunt when I needed a caffeine fix. Famed for their environmentally friendly ethos, all food and hot drinks are served in 100% compostable packaging so do your bit for Mother Nature and treat yourself all at the same time.
5. Urban Grind
A solid choice for coffee snobs in pursuit of the finest brew. Urban Grind is the place for all your coffee related needs including but not limited to 3fe beans, coffee-centred publications, and other brewing apparatus. Their mantra? For the love of coffee. Count me in.
McCambridge’s is something of an institution in Galway, and for good reason. Outdoor seating for optimal people-watching, it’s hard not to love this place. Wrap your hands around a mug of the good-stuff and it’s sure to warm your insides (and outsides depending on whether the Galway aimsir cooperates).
Not to mention the take-away sandwich bar downstairs. Coffee and toasties form the ultimate union in my humble opinion.
7. Espresso 44
I was introduced to this little gem by a fellow coffee fiend and have continued to return here ever since. Right in the heart of the city on Shop Street, this place is hard to miss, what with its bright orange shopfront and the hordes of customers usually lining up inside.
Hands down the best coffee in Galway, order the mocha made with coconut milk and thank me later.
8. Coffeewerk + Press
Coffee from here is easily recognisable by their adorable little takeaway cup
adorned with a colourful illustration of the café itself.
Part design-store, part café; Coffeewerk + Press combines art and coffee to showcase some of the best local and international talent. Make sure to venture upstairs for a birds-eye view of Quay Street in Galway’s Latin Quarter. Prime Instagram content let me tell you!
9. Pascal Coffee House
With not one, but two cafés in Galway city, you won’t be stuck when it comes to getting coffee from Pascal’s. The brainchild of Frenchman Pascal, everything gets the personal seal of approval from him, right down to the Spotify playlist.
Buyer beware though, their coffee is strong…four shots of espresso goes into the iced coffee so definitely not for the faint hearted!
10. Temple Café
Familiar with the ‘your body is a temple’ mindset? Temple Café runs on just that. Set on helping people see the value in what they eat and drink, they choose fresh, local, organic produce wherever possible.
Right by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, stop in to Temple Café and bury your nose in your latest purchase. Described as a ‘social business’, part of the café’s profits give back to local charities. So in other words, having a coffee here could be your good deed for the day!
Do you agree that these are the best cafés in Galway?
Galway or no way am I right?!