Shopping in Galway
Galway is a vibrant, eclectic city and the shopping scene here reflects that. We have lots of shopping options in the city ranging from brand names to boutiques. There are markets and independent shops with a focus on local suppliers next to huge brand-name stores so there is something for all tastes and budgets. If you’re planning a Galway shopping trip, book the perfect Galway City hotel. Imperial Hotel Galway, located on Eyre Square, is the perfect destination for a weekend of retail therapy. If you book directly on our website, you’ll enjoy our best available rates, so have more to spend at the shops.
The Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter is one of the most historic and exciting places in Galway City. Many of the shops here are family-owned businesses handed down from generation to generation. There is a great mix of shops selling handmade crafts, music & bookshops with stories to tell, and boutiques with the latest trends and fashions. Shopping in The Latin Quarter is a unique experience, ideal to pick up a Claddagh ring or an Aran Jumper. Claddagh Jewellers are the makers of authentic Claddagh rings and many other unique designs. Galway Woolen Market sells beautiful knitwear and other unique Irish merchandise, perfect to bring home as a memory of a great time spent in Ireland.
Easily one of the most memorable areas in Galway, the Westend is a colourful, vibrant place where you never know what you’ll see next. You won’t find high street names here, instead it allows independent businesses to flourish. Galway Westend is a local neighbourhood and an epicentre of events, music and old fashioned street performance. Shops in the Westend include the beautiful Bell Book & Candle, one of the most unique shops in Galway and is a treasure trove of books, music, comics, vintage and retro cameras and accessories. You’ll also find the brilliant Aplomb a menswear and lifestyle shop focusing on sustainable fashion and goods from across the globe.
As the name suggests, Shop Street is Galway’s main shopping street and one of the first streets in the city to have a retail focus. The street itself is impressive with many heritage brick buildings, bright storefronts and plenty of shops, cafes, bars and pubs. Packed with buskers, restaurants, pubs and people – Shop Street provides the beating heart of Galway city and its hard to miss when crossing from one side to the other – if you don’t see it you’ll hear it! Brands on Shop Street include Tommy Hilfiger, Zhivago Records, Eason, Clarkes, River Island, Schuh and many more. Shop Street splits into Main guard Street and High Street, two other bustling areas for shopping.
Galway is well known for its crafts and creative population. There are so many unusual and rare finds here that you won’t find in shops. One of the best places to find something truly unique is Galway’s famous bustling outdoor market which has been trading in Church lane by St Nicholas’ Church for centuries. You’ll find vendors selling locally grown fruit and veg, preserves, drinks, plants, sweets and other goodies. You’ll also find dozens of stalls selling beautiful handmade or locally sourced gifts and keepsakes and the creators are always happy to stop and chat or answer questions. Every Saturday between 8:30 AM and 6 PM and Sunday from 2 PM to 6 PM, the area comes alive
Galway Shopping Centres
Sometimes the weather in Galway does not agree with or plans. ON days like that, we’re lucky to have a number of shopping enters and department stores to take cover and sped the day shopping in. Galway Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in the West of Ireland. Jut ten minute walk from our Galway City Hotel, there are over 100 shops inside like Boots, Dealz, Tesco, and Penny’s. Eyre Square Shopping Centre combines history and modernism, with a considerable section of the city’s medieval walls inside. Brands include Jack & Jones, Regatta, New Look, Penneys, Dunnes Stores, and more.
There are endless options to shop in Galway but one clear choice for Galway accommodation. Imperial Hotel offers central, comfortable and great aue accommodation on Eyre Square. Our best available rates are exclusively available on our website so make sure to book direct for the best value.