Galway’s tourism offering has been given a ringing endorsement by the New York Times, which spent 36 hours in the city.
“Welcoming and walkable and filled to the brim with old-fashioned pubs and excellent seafood restaurants, scenic Galway may be Ireland’s most charming city,” wrote reviewer Nell McShane Wulfhart.
“Cosy, old-fashioned pubs showcase the city’s ever-growing selection of craft beers, chefs serve up west- of-Ireland ingredients in creative new ways, and almost every building housing a modern cafe or new atelier has a centuries-old story behind it.”
She said the city is not one in which to “hustle — rather, it’s one in which to enjoy a locally brewed pint, relish the excellent seafood and get your fill of views of the rushing River Corrib as it sweeps out to Galway Bay”.
From where to get the best fish and chips — she reckons “McDonagh’s is a strong contender” to where to “happen upon a spontaneous Irish music session — she opted for Tigh Neachtain’s — Ms Wulfhart based much of her experiences around the traditional tourism draws.
She also ventured out of the city using one of the many rental bikes which are dotted around most Irish cities these days. She opted to cycle “down to the prom” and out to Salthill where she was captivated by the “beaches strewn with seaweed and rocks, a lighthouse and gloriously big sky”.
While she was impressed with the chipper option, Ms Wulfhart did give her tastebuds a more refined treat visiting Michelin-starred restaurant Loam for a “six-course tasting menu (€60) of deceptively simple dishes”.
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