8am — Snack and stroll
Grab a warm cinnamon bun and locally roasted Red Eye Coffee from Marmalade Bakery on Middle Street, before walking along the River Corrib and the Long Walk promenade. Or do as Galwegians do and walk the Salthill Prom, kicking your foot against the wall at the end, as tradition dictates.
10am — A Dela-cious Brunch
Dela is a colourful cafe that sources much of its produce from an organic farm near the city. From a Dela Fry, with sizzling Herterich’s sausages, and Kelly’s black pudding to buttermilk pancakes and veggie options, there’s plenty to choose from.
12pm — Tour the Latin Quarter
The beauty of Galway is its ability to squeeze big city buzz into small streets. Soak it up by strolling from the Spanish Arch up Quay Street towards Shop Street, stopping at Hazel Mountain Chocolate (bean-to-bar chocolate made in the Burren region of County Clare) and Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop along the way. If you’d prefer a guide, Brian Nolan’s Galway’s Horrible History tour leaves from Eyre Square at 10.30 and noon. galwaywalks.com
2pm — A killer lunch at Kai
Peckish? Plot a course for the city’s Westend, where New Zealand-born chef Jess Murphy is doing magical things with seasonal, Irish ingredients at Kai (the Maori word for ‘food’). Think Clare crab and Irish fine beans served with local leaves and a hen’s egg, or chickpea and goat’s curd filo pies.
4pm — Galway City Museum
Exhibits at this small museum range from a Galway hooker (a type of sailing boat) to prehistoric finds and a collection of local author Pádraic Ó Conaire’s books and belongings. There’s a super view of the River Corrib and Atlantic Ocean from the top of the building, too.
5pm — people-watch at Tigh Neachtain
The corner perches at this cosy pub, bang in the middle of the medieval quarter, are the best places in the city to watch the world go by. Sample a local Soulwater IPA or oatmilk stout while you’re at it.
7pm — Michelin Star Magic
Galway has two restaurants taking local ingredients to Michelin-starred heights: Aniar and Loam. “We’ve the best ingredients; we just need to present them in the best possible way, and that’s often the simplest way,” says J P McMahon, chef-patron at Aniar, where simple descriptions like ‘brill, sea beet’ and ‘potato, lovage’ belie the sophistication of the creations they refer to. From €89 (£74) per person.
11pm — Rock on at Róisín Dubh’s
A gig at this music/comedy venue on Dominic Street could throw up Irish indie acts like Delorentos or La Galaxie, or emerging local acts. Strange Brew is a classic indie night on Thursdays.