The best of Galway’s Shopping
Galway is a city full of charm and this extends to its shopping offerings. Of course, you will find the usual high street fashion stores available across the country, but in addition, this city offers much more. Shopping here is not just about picking up some treats to take back home with you, it is also a chance to delve into Irish culture.
Browse Galway Market
Let’s start with Galway Market. You will find this historic weekly market in Church Lane next to St. Nicholas’ Church in the heart of the city. This has been the hub of Galway and the centre of trade for centuries. Hundreds of stalls line the street, each with their own specialties, from fresh bread, fruit and vegetables, to paintings, crafts and souvenirs. Food stalls sell local Irish treats to tempt your taste buds, as well as international dishes that are loved across the globe, such as curries, sushi or falafel. The markets are open every weekend. In addition, you can browse the stalls on Bank Holidays, on Fridays in July and August and daily during the Arts Festival.
You do not need to stroll far to uncover some local delights that make the perfect gifts and memories of your trip. If you love jewellery, make Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold your first stop. The Claddagh Ring symbolises friendship, loyalty and love, and this jeweller is the original maker. Buy a ring here and you are guaranteed the original hallmark. Stop by the petite museum when you are in the store to see some of the first made rings from the 1700s on display.
Traditional and woollen crafts
For traditional hand knitted woollen sweaters known as Aran Sweaters, visit O’Mallie. You will also find locally designed textiles, tweeds, accessories, throws and rugs in store. For anything you are missing, make My Shop…Granny Likes it your next stop. This charming and stylish store specialises in Irish design. Here you will find jewellery, ornaments, clothing, scarfs, cards and more.
Books and music
For those who miss a good old-fashioned bookshop, you need look no further. Charlie Bryne’s Bookshop is a delightful blend of new, used and bargain books and is Ireland’s most-loved independent book store. If you have a musical ear, drop by Powells Music and Art store. They have a fantastic choice in traditional Irish instruments and folk music.
Venture a little out of the city centre and check out Galway Crystal. Their tableware, ornaments and glassware have been decorating homes since 1967.
You will find some of the best shopping in the west of Ireland here, with shopping centres, trendy boutiques, high fashion retailers, souvenir shops, an open-air market, vintage finds and handcrafted Irish products. These are just some of the delights that awaits you, and from the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway, you will find yourself near the high street, which is the perfect starting point for your shopping spree.