Loved by visitors and locals alike, the shops in Galway have been charming all who pass throughout its streets for many years.
From stylish seasonal fashion to handmade jewellery, dazzling Galway crystal and pottery to contemporary interior design, it all awaits your discovery. Galway city’s compact size makes it the ideal shopping destination and there is a great mix of high street, designer and independent stores so you can shop until you drop.
One of Galway’s main thoroughfares is aptly named Shop Street and unsurprisingly there is an abundance of retail outlets to be found spanning the entire street. There are also some landmark Galway stores; Anthony Ryan’s on Shop Street was founded in 1909 and specialises in all types of fashion. Galway is famous as the birthplace of the Claddagh ring and Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold, established in 1750, has a reputation of being the original maker of the iconic piece of jewellery. Charlies Byrne’s Bookshop was awarded Best Bookshop in Ireland 2013/2014 in The Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland competition and has an array of new and pre-loved books on a multitude of subjects.
Galway Crystal Factory
Treat yourself to a visit to the Galway Crystal Factory shop where you can purchase your own little piece of Galway. Choose from a wide range of designs, Belleek Pottery and Aynsley China too.
Galway Farmers Market is a popular draw every Saturday and has a large following from locals and tourists alike. Located on the laneway beside the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, it’s an easy find in the city.
There are three large shopping centres in the city and suburbs. Eyre Square Shopping Centre is a shopper’s delight with two floors of boutiques. Corbett Court Shopping Centre boasts over 25 shops, whilst the Galway Shopping centre, which is only a 5 minute walk from our Galway hotel, has over 30 stores with a diverse range.
You’re wondering what to do if you’re done shopping? Check our other list including what to do in Connemara, things to do for couples in Galway or best nightclubs & pubs. If you’re around in December, the Galway Christmas market is also a must-do.