From Monday to Friday there’s only one thing students look forward to, a weekend worth of lie ins. After a week of long lectures and late nights of studying, weekends provide a welcome reprieve from the stress of college life. But after catching up on a few extra hours of sleep, the next best thing about Saturdays and Sundays is filling up with a delicious brunch.
Brunch is the obvious hybrid of breakfast and lunch, a sweet or savory meal in the early afternoon, but it has also become synonymous with relaxed conversation and mimosa consumption. A lot of students go home on the weekends, but hopefully this round-up of Galway’s best brunch spots is enough to entice you to stay in town a little while longer.
Located by the docks, Tribeton is a not so hidden gem. It’s tucked away, but its large size and brightly colored exterior make it easy to spot when you go looking. Step inside to uber-chic loft and enjoy both a delicious meal and a great snap for your Instagram story. Tribeton’s offerings include a delightful full Irish breakfast, pancakes drenched in gooey caramel sauce, and an impressive selection of poached eggs. Quench your thirst with freshly squeezed orange juice or one of their many cocktails.
Tribeton, 1-3 Merchants Road, Galway
Brunch offered Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The food at Ard Bia is the definition of comfort. It includes the standard offerings: pancakes, French toast, avocado toast and the ‘Ard Bia fry’. All the ingredients are locally sourced, and dishes are designed to comfort both the body and the soul. After, take a stroll down The Long Walk to make room for one of their delicious pastries, especially the baked cheesecake.
Ard Bia, Spanish Arch, The Long Walk, Galway
Brunch offered Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Esthetes will be drawn to Caprice just by looking at their gorgeous interiors, but it isn’t just a facade. Caprice offers up mimosas, bellinis, and fresh orange juice to complement their menu that ranges from wild mushrooms on toast, to a buttermilk chicken burger. Perhaps one of the unique features of caprice’s brunch is their brioche French toast, thick slices of toast coated in maple syrup that will satisfy for hours.
Caprice Cafe, 1 Church Lane, Galway
Brunch offered Sundays 11:00 am – 5:00pm
This particular eatery stands out from the crowd. Not only was it voted as Hot Press Ireland’s Brunch of the Year 2016, but it has a seasonal menu with unique items such as their green herb falafel wrap, and their breakfast burrito.
Dela Restaurant, 51 Lower Dominick St, Galway
Brunch offered Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 am – 3pm
Biteclub is, without a doubt, one of Galway’s chicest eateries. Dine surrounded by neon lights and get served by one of the uniquely outfitted staff. Their brunch menu includes their take on the full Irish, French toast, Eggs benedict, a falafel wrap, and their delicious braised beef cheek tacos. Wash it all down with one of their imaginative cocktails (boozy Butterbeer anyone?) or slushies.
Biteclub, 36 Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway
Brunch offered Sundays from 12 – 4:30pm
By Olivia Hanna
Photo credit Leo via Flickr