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Top Choice French in Galway City

Pullman Restaurant

One of these two original 1927 Orient Express train carriages at Glenlo Abbey Hotel was used in the filming of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and was also part of Winston Churchill's 1965 funeral cor…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Galway City

Loam

Enda McEvoy is one of the most groundbreaking chefs in Ireland today (with a Michelin star to prove it), producing inspired flavour combinations from home-grown, locally sourced or foraged ingredients: dried hay, fr…
Top Choice Pub in Galway City

Tigh Neachtain

Painted a bright cornflower blue, this 19th-century corner pub – known simply as Neáchtain's (nock-tans) or Naughtons – has a wraparound terrace for watching Galway's passing parade, and a timber-lined interior with…
Top Choice Pub in Galway City

O'Connor's

Antiques fill every nook, cranny, wall and ceiling space of this 1942-established pub: clocks, crockery, farming implements, gas lights, sewing machines, fishing equipment, a stag's head and an almost life-size stat…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Galway City

Aniar

Terroir specialist Aniar is passionate about the flavours and food producers of Galway and West Ireland. Owner/chef JP McMahon's multicourse tasting menus have earned him a Michelin star, yet the casual spring-green…
Top Choice Museum in Galway City

Galway City Museum

Exhibits at this modern museum covering the city's history from 1800 to 1950 include an iconic Galway hooker fishing boat, a collection of currachs (boats made of a framework of laths covered with tarred canvas) and…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Galway City

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Inside the 18th-century Custom House near the Spanish Arch, Ard Bia ('High Food' in Irish) is decorated with works by local artists and upcycled vintage furniture. Organic produce (some foraged) features on the seas…
Top Choice Tapas in Galway City

Cava Bodega

Over 50 regional Spanish tapas dishes are given a gourmet twist by star chef JP McMahon, whose other ventures include Michelin-starred Aniar. Showstoppers include salt cod with seaweed jam, black-olive fig cake, qua…
Top Choice Seafood in Galway City

Oscar's

The menu changes daily at this outstanding seafood restaurant but might include monkfish poached in saffron and white wine served with cockles, seaweed-steamed Galway Bay lobster with garlic-lemon butter, or lemon s…
Top Choice Books in Galway City

Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

A civic treasure, the rambling rooms at Charlie Byrne's are crammed with over 100,000 new, secondhand, third-hand and discounted books and out-of-print titles, including a trove of Irish interest (and Irish language…