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Shopping Tips for Galway City Tourists

>> Sep 29, 2012

After you have chosen from among the many fine hotels in Galway City and booked your entire stay in the city, it is time to plan your itinerary. What are you thinking of doing in the city? Do you want to go sightseeing and exploring the city? Do you want to try out local food fares? One of the things which people do not forget to do when visiting new places is to go shopping, be it for souvenirs or other local offerings. 

Galway City, one of the loveliest places in Ireland, has a laid back atmosphere but quite a festive mood. The city streets are lined with charming shops which are just perfect for the browsing tourist looking for something to take home with him or her as a souvenir of the unforgettable Galway trip made extra special by the impeccable service of the hotels in Galway. What are some of the best places to go to in Galway for a shopping trip?

1.   High Street Area. Some of the most famous shops are located in the High Street area. The ever popular Kenny’s Bookshop is a place where can easily get lost for hours among the vast selection of books and the art gallery. If you wish to go to Kenny’s Bookshop, you should set aside a bit of time to check the photographs which are signed by famous and rich people who have also been in the store.

2.   If you are a lover of crafts, you would be glad to know that High Street is the home of small shops which offer souvenir items which run the gamut of goodies from glassware, pottery, novelty gifts and knitwear. There are also pubs and eateries which you can go to in case you get hungry from all the shopping you have been doing.

3.   Eyre Square Area. All shopping expeditions in Galway city should start from Eyre Square area. It is the heartbeat of Galway’s shopping districts. It has a lot of high street names, as well as retail outlets which will delight your senses. The Eyre Shopping Square has more than 100 stores which sell a full range of products from handcrafted goods, food and various fashions.  Eyre Square Area is quite unique because it has a part which is integrated with a section of the 14th Century city wall.

4.   Galway Market. The Galway Market is held every weekend between Market Street and Shop Street.  There is an endless variety of market stalls which will enthral your senses. There are local foodstuffs from seafood, pasta and local cheese on sale. Some stalls also sell candles, jewellery, clothing and handcrafted wares. The market is open every Saturday and bank holiday from eight in the morning until six in the evening.

5.   Kirwan’s Lane. Located just off Cross Street, Kirwan’s Lane is part of the city which has a medieval feel. It has a rich heritage and it has been lovingly restored to its former glory. There are quality craft shops everywhere you look. There are also splendid bistros and cafes. 

Article by Elissa Joyce is a freelance writer who enjoys exploring Galway City, she writes about Hotels in Galway.

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