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The New York Times spent a weekend in Galway and absolutely loved it
It may be Ireland’s “most charming city” apparently.

BACK IN 2014, The New York Times spent 36 hours in Dublin – and told us about the best places for craic, a pint and some good food.

Now they’ve returned to Ireland and hit up Galway for the weekend.

And they only have lovely things to say about the place

Their detailed, lovingly put together guide says “scenic Galway may be Ireland’s most charming city”

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The city made quite the impression on them, anyway:

Cozy, 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.

The New York Times has basically just given Galway two big thumbs up

They recognise that fish and chips is an important debate here, and identify a local institution:

“Opinions differ, passionately, as to where you’ll find the best fish and chips in Ireland, but McDonagh’s is a strong contender”

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Other notable Galway places namechecked include:

  • Tigh Neachtain’s
  • Ard Bia
  • The Salthouse Bar
  • O’Connor’s
  • Loam 

It would have been remiss of them not to have a pint in here, let’s face it

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Roísín Dubh gets a shoutout too: “One of the liveliest and most eclectic of Galway’s (and Ireland’s) night-life”

This was a comprehensive guide.

There’s an interactive map to peruse as well

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On the world stage big time now and Galway, you’re looking well.

Read the full guide here.

Written by David Elkin and posted on

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