Shopping in Galway
Galway provides a unique shopping experience with a wide range of shops to cater for the tastes of both visitors and locals. As well as the high-street shops, there is an interesting variety of specialist shops, which offer unique and interesting gifts.
Galway's famous bustling market has been trading in Church lane by St Nicholas' Church in the centre of the city for literally centuries. You will find hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce and locally produced crafts. There's a great variety of food available, Madras curry, Yummy Crepes, Japanese Sushi, and mouth-watering handmade cookies among many others or you can buy the ingredients for a delicious gourmet picnic. The market is open all year round on Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 8am-6pm and Sundays 12pm-6pm.
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
Located in the heart of Galway City, Charlie Byrnes Bookshop stocks over 50,000 used, new and remaindered titles on subjects ranging from popular fiction to Irish interest to art and archaeology. They have an excellent collection of new, second hand and discounted books (many €1) in a number of rooms to lose yourself in for a little while.
Judy Greene’s Pottery & Gifts
Judy Greene's pottery is produced using traditional skills of craft-potters. Judy's workshop is situated on Kirwan’s Lane
Sheridan's will seduce any cheese lover that walks through the door. In addition to a comprehensive range of Irish cheeses, Sheridan's also sells exotic, flavoured cheeses from elsewhere in Europe.
McCambridge's of Galway is a family owned Deli and Fine Foods Shop and Restaurant located in the heart of Galway city centre. McCambridge's has been selling gourmet food, wine and hampers since 1925. They specialise in supplying only the best products, sourcing both locally and internationally.
Very popular Galway shop selling a magical mix of fine antique and contemporary jewels and a wide range of antiques.
Dating from 1879, Fallers of Galway has long been a prime source of Claddagh rings, many of which are made on the premises. It also sells Celtic crosses, some inlaid with Connemara marble, as well as gold and silver jewellery and crystal. Located on Williamsgate Street, just off Eyre Square.
Cloon Keen Atelier is a family-run niche perfumery, creating unique products for the body, bath and home. A trained perfumer is always on hand to offer advice on their Galway made products. Their chic little shop is secretly tucked away in the heart of Galway's Medieval design district on Shop Street.
Kenny’s Book Shop & Art Gallery
Situated in Liosbán, the Kenny Gallery hosts some 14 solo exhibitions, in addition to many group shows, during the year. Check website for signings, art demos, exhibition openings etc. Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm. Free parking. Free coffee.
Ó’Máille’s store incorporates the finest elements of traditional Irish manufacturing with a contemporary range of Irish knitwear, tweeds, rainwear and unique designs for men, women and children.
Large gift and souvenir shop in the centre of Galway City. The Ground floor hosts a selection of China, Crystal, Pottery, Figurines, Linen and Irish Products. One of the first gift shops ever opened in Galway.
Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre
Guided tours of the centre run every 30 minutes and commence with a short audio-visual presentation on Galway’s rich and vibrant culture. The tour then continues with a visit to the workshop where you experience the mystery and magic or the craft of crystal cutting. The Claddagh village exhibit brings to life the City’s famous old quarter, renowned for its sea-fishing and romance – and the birthplace and inspiration of the world famous Claddagh Ring.
Claddagh Ring Visitor Center
The Claddagh ring has become iconic the world over thanks to the spread of the Irish across the globe. The simple symbols of love, loyalty and friendship have become synonymous with countless love stories since it was first created. Delve into the history and lore of this iconic ring at the Legend of the Claddagh Ring museum and visitor centre, where you can learn where the ring first came from and what it has come to represent via the Legend of the Claddagh Ring movie staring Pádraic Breathnach shown every twenty minutes. The visitor centre is open from 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday and 11pm – 6pm on Sundays. Admission is free.
Ceardlann Craft Village
Ceardlann Spiddal Craft Village and Café is located at the entrance to Spiddal Village, just beside the beach, overlooking the beautiful Galway Bay, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Here you will find 10 craft workers designing, creating, making and selling their work. This unique and very accessible craft village, is a "must stop" for visitors interested in culture, heritage and craft.
The Avoca store in Connemara, is situated right on the shores of Ballinakil Bay on the main Clifden - Westport road at Letterfrack. A must-see for visitors to Connemara, the shop combines the very best of Irish crafts, gifts, clothes and soft furnishings, all with a view out across a magnificent rugged coastline and rolling hills of Connemara National Park. There's something for everyone from womenswear to outdoor gear to delicious food from the Avoca Pantry range, perfect for that beach or mountainside picnic on the Twelve PinsThere is also a large selection of scarves, rugs and throws in fine mohairs, lambswool and cashmere in many cases woven at the family Mill in Avoca Village, Co Wicklow.