My home city and a wonderful place for all things yoga- Yoga classes, workshops, good healthy food spots and just a great place to walk around and enjoy the unique and special atmosphere that Galway has like no other.

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Yogafootsteps (me!) in Trikonasana.

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I first began practicing yoga in 2011 and have been practicing and studying Ashtanga yoga in Ireland, Spain and India since then.

My personal practice is Ashtanga yoga but I have also completed a year long 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training course.

I currently teach classes in Galway city and my home town of Tuam. I also offer private yoga classes. My classes include a short introduction to meditation, asana practice which is based around the Ashtanga Vinyasa method which I practice and the class ends with a deep relaxation.

The classes are accessible to all levels.

You can check my current timetable here.

Contact: Clair 0877604179                  Email: yogafootsteps@gmail.com

Devon Holistic Health Clinic

This is a yoga and holistic centre in Lower Salthill (Devon Park House). There are regular classes running here with some great teachers.

There are also treatments on offer here, from Bio- Energy, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy and Deep-Tissue Massage.

Lovely, bright yoga space with mats, blocks and blankets available for use.

Contact: Deirdre – (087) 952 0008            Email: devonholisticheathclinic@yahoo.ie

Sinead – (087)  624 5685

Location: Devon Park House, 108 Lower Salthill, Galway

Sat Nam Centre

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Sat Nam Centre, Galway city. Photo Credit: Sat Nam Centre facebook page.

This is a beautiful little yoga space right in the centre of the city. I have taught classes here and just love the room and space – really peaceful and a nice, bright and clean space. Mats, blankets, eye bags and cushions are available at the centre.

There are regular classes happening here most days of the week and weekend workshops from time to time.

You can read about my interview with Almu, the lady who both teaches at and runs the Sat Nam Centre here.

You can check their website or Facebook for information and timetable of the classes and workshops.

Marese Ashtanga Yoga

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Marese Cregg Ashtanga Yoga. Photo Credit: Daniela Leinenweiber Photography.

Marese was my first Ashtanga yoga teacher in Galway.

Marese has been practicing and training extensively in Ireland and India for over 10 years. I would highly recommend Marese as a teacher to anyone, especially if you are interested in Ashtanga yoga. Marese also teaches on a Yoga Teacher Training in Galway with Green Lotus Yoga.

Classes in several locations across Galway city.

Contact:  Marese on (087) 207 5852            Email: marese.cregg@gmail.com.

Galway on the Mat

Lindsay Merlihan is another yoga teacher based in Galway City. Lindsay currently teaches weekly classes at Elements on Olde Malte Arcade in the city centre. Lindsay trained to become a yoga teacher in 2012 at Chicago School of Yoga and teaches Hatha and Vinyasa classes. This lovely lady is a great teacher with over 8 years of practice and experience

Location: Elements, Olde Malt Arcade, Shop St.

Contact: Lindsay (086) 061 3682

Green Lotus Galway 

Green Lotus Galway runs regular classes at Devon Park house, 108 lower Salthill. The classes here vary in styles and are offered by a few different teachers – all great teachers. You can choose from Hatha, Vinyasa, free flow and Ashtanga yoga.

You can check the timetable and classes on offer here.

Galway Yoga Space

Galway yoga space are Ashtanga and flow yoga classes, as well as restorative yoga, in Galway city and Tuam taught by Eilis O’Regan. Eilis was my Ashtanga teacher when I attended the early morning Mysore and self-practice classes at An Seomra Yoga when I lived in Galway and she is great teacher.

Eilis also regularly hosts workshops with Certified and Authorized Ashtanga yoga teachers which is a great way for the Ashtanga community in Galway and Ireland to come together and practice.

Location: Tuam/Galway.

Contact: Eilis (085) 277 1399                   Email: tuamyoga@gmail.com.

An Seomra Yoga

An seomra yoga is probably one of Galway’s most popular city centre yoga shalas.

The space offers lots of classes in various styles of yoga and regularly hosts workshops and courses. I’ve heard great things about the Yin yoga classes here.

Location: 2/3 small crane square, sea road, Galway.

Contact: Katrina (087) 759 8101    Paul (087) 770 4187        Email: info@anseomrayoga.com

Ashtanga Galway

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Fiona Hynes of Ashtanga Galway. Photo taken from Ashtanga Galway facebook page.

Fiona Hynes is another ashtanga teacher based in Galway. I really love the wonderful ashtanga community that we have here in Galway and that there are so many great teachers here.

Fiona teaches beginner, Mysore style and led-primary ashtanga classes. You can check out the timetable here.

Location: Galway city.

Contact: Fiona (087) 834 7046             Email: fionahynes66@gmail.com

Karuna Yoga

Karuna yoga was set up by Colin Callinan, a lovely yoga teacher based in Galway county.

Colin currently runs his classes at NUIG and Caherlistrane. The classes are mixed-level flow Yoga. Colin focuses on the power of  the breath, improving muscular control and balance, while lengthening muscles.

Contact: colin.callinan@gmail.com.

Eiru Healing Clinic

I was delighted to discover this yoga & meditation centre in Tuam town. This cosy and bright space is run my Mags and Midie Corcoran who have been practicing and studying yoga, meditation, reiki, homeopathy and energy healing for over 15 years.

I use this space to teach classes when I am teaching in Tuam and it’s great to know there is a centre for yoga and meditation in Tuam. Mags and Midie run weekly Japa and Kundalini meditation and yoga classes as well as treatments, workshops and walking tours of sacred Irish sites.

Contact: Mags – (087) 277 8407      Midie – (086) 811 6756      Email: info@Eiru-Healing.com

Location: Eiru Healing Centre, Shop St. (above Pat Lanes), Tuam, Co. Galway

Teach Na Tuisceanna

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Teach na Tuisceanna cottage. Photo source

Teach Na Tuisceanna is a Buddhist meditation space on a small farm in Maree about 20 minutes from Galway city. This is where I first learned and started practicing meditation. It’s a great space to have, with meditation days, workshops taught either by visiting teachers, some of whom are Buddhist monks and nuns, or by members of the practicing community. There is also a weekly evening meditation group and morning sits here. 

Yoga classes also on offer, get in touch to find out what classes are currently running.

Most of the people who practice here follow the tradition of the Thai Forest Master, Ajahn Cha, but visiting teachers are from several Buddhist traditions and all their events and meditation sittings are open to everyone. There is also weekly sits in Galway city.

Location: Maree, Galway. You can find exact location and direction on the facebook page or by contacting the centre directly.

Contact: (091) 790 311               Email: teachnat@gmail.com

 

Eating

There are so many places in Galway to eat good food, and even more so vegan and vegetarian friendly. I tried to narrow down my favourite spots but it is hard to do so!

McCambridges

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I just love McCambridges, my favourite spot in town really – the food is great, the staff are always lovely and helpful and I just love the atmosphere. Queues can be expected around lunchtime but it is worth it and you generally get a seat quite quickly.

Foodwise – The mezze plate is good – great for sharing, the felafel wrap and the power salad are all my usual go-to dishes but the whole menu is great. They are also launching a new menu with lots more vegan options, looking forward to trying them all!

Good coffee and be sure to try the dirty chai latte with almond milk –  and why not take a look at the dessert table!

Downstairs is a great delicatessen – specialist foods, local organic vegetables, a deli-bar, on-the-go lunch options and a coffee bar. Sit outside if you can get a seat, best place in town to soak up that unique Galway vibe.

Location 38/39 Shop st, Galway city.

Contact (091) 562 259.

Wa Cafe

Ooh this is one of my favorite spots. Snug Japanese restaurant with a great menu and lots for vegans/vegetarians. Sushi, tofu dishes, miso soup, bento boxes,traditional japanese teas, sake and lots more. They also have a stall at the Saturday Galway market as well as supplying a few shops around town with fresh, delicious sushi. Really reasonable priced, we usually get a few dishes to share with some green tea.

Sushi making workshops also held here.

Location 13 New Dock Street, Galway.

Contact +353 (0) 91 895850      info@wacafe.net

The Quay Street Kitchen

This is just one more of Galway’s great vegan and vegetarian friendly spots. This is right in the heart of Quay Street so if you can get a table outside on a sunny day its the place to eat. Also great for a cosy indoor evening meal.

Location Quay St., Galway

The Kitchen

This buzzing restaurant inside the Galway city museum at the Spanish Arch is a real treat – definitely eat here at least once…. it is likely you may be back several times afterwards though. All sorts of delicious vegan, veggie and non- veggie meals on offer with amazing daily specials, get the potato wedges (ask for the avjar sauce)!

Great breakfast and dessert options too – recently enjoyed was the vegan chocolate cake.

Its a lovely place to sit in, its bright and spacious or outside overlooking the Spanish arch.

Location Inside Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway.

Contact (091) 534 883.

TGO felafel bar

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Some of the deliciousness on offer at TGO Felafel Bar. Photo source

I know these awesome (vegan friendly) falafels from their little truck at the Galway Saturday market and this spot is even better! HIGHLY recommend the mezze plate, loads to choose from, generous portion sizes and just pretty damn delicious – arrive hungry. Free pickled veg, chillis and sauces to go along with your meal!

The classic felafel salad box and wrap are also equally great choices – don’t worry you will definitely be coming back for more so you can sample the whole menu.

Location 11 Mary Street, Galway.

Contact (087) 119 8180.

Cafe Temple

I just discovered Galway’s latest cafe. It is a social cafe so all their profits go to local charities and they use as much local produce as possible.

Veggie burger is good. Exciting smoothie menu and all sorts of coffee options- must try that famous bulletproof coffee !

Location 12 The Cornstore, Augustine Stree, Galway.

Contact (091) 452 405.

Ard Bia

Ard Bia is well know for its great food and cosy setting overlook the Spanish Arch. Its always busy and the menu here never disappoints – with lots for veggies to enjoy.

They have great cakes, coffee and also products you can buy to take home with you – preserves, granola and even the Ard Bia cook book.

Its great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Expect to wait for a table.

Location Spanish Arch/ The Long Walk, Galway.

Contact (091) 561 114.

Kai

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Some of the cakes on offer at Kai.

I remember first discovering this little spot when it was a flower shop with a little cafe in the back. Now it is one of Galway’s best cafes and restaurants, they really have some wonderful dishes here. My most recent lunch there was a seaweed and millet burger, delicious! The lunch menu is amazing value for what you get, the dinner menu is a bit pricier but definitely worth it.

The decor and layout of this place is quirky, cosy and bright. Great coffee, cakes and staff.

I really liked their website , if you want to browse their menus, the story behind their suppliers or photo gallery.

Location Sea road, Galway.

Contact (091) 526 003.

Deli La Tasca

Tapas and wine bar. Great tapas – patatas bravas, tortilla, fried aubergine, spinach&chickpea and really delicious seafood dishes.

Great wine, food and atmosphere, would highly recommend it for a relaxed evening dining with friends.

Location 1 Upper Dominick Street, Galway.

Contact (085) 138 6687.

The Light House

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I went here for lunch recently and would definitely go back . They have a good menu with lots of vegan options – we went for the vegan tart (with cashew cream topping and quinoa crust) and the superfood salad with marinated tempeh, both delicious.

A really nice place to sit outside in the sun and get to watch the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Location  8 Abbeygate street upper, Galway.

Contact lighthousevegetarian@gmail.com

The Secret Garden

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Tea heaven at The Secret Garden.

This is a cute and cosy tea and coffee shop. They have a great selection of teas – from Ayurvedic blend to Fairy Tale dreams.

Treats to go with your tea (or coffee) and there is a nice spot in the back to sit outside for those sunny days. They have intimate music gigs here and it stays open in the evening so its somewhere nice to hang out.

Nice cosy setting – low lights, seating area on the ground with cushions or, if you prefer, armchairs. It has a feel of being in someones funky sitting room, books and board games available for use as well which is a nice touch.

Location 4 William Street west, Galway.

Contact (085) 758 3927.

Jungle Cafe

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Great chai lattes and great outdoor seating. Serving nice food and best cafe in the Eyre square and bus station area. I don’t visit here often enough but it’s a lovely spot.

Location 29 Forster Street, Galway

Contact (091) 562 858          info@sajfertbaristaacademy.com

Coffee Drinking

Urban Grind

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Urban grind in my opinion serves the best coffee in town – using organic cow’s milk, almond or oat milk. The oat milk cappuccinos are delish!

This is the usual place for the Galway Ashtanga group to hang out after workshops and for some much needed sustenance and nourishment. The food here is really good, the granola is great and some fantastic brunch/lunch options.

Helpful and friendly staff!

Location 8 William Street west, Galway.

Contact (091) 375 000

Coffeewerk + Press

One of the best coffee’s in town and also if you are looking to get some great quality beans to take home. Cold coffee brews also new in store, look forward to trying those! Some great art and design pieces on sale here. Definitely pop in to check it out and to sample their delicious coffee, or grab a seat outside when you can!

Location 4 Quay Street, Galway

Contact (091) 448 667

Pangea Coffee Emporium

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This lovely little coffee kiosk is right on the Salthill prom serving delicious hand-roasted Silverskin coffee and Linalla’s handmade ice-cream from the Burren (hazlenut or pistachio anyone?!), home-made granola and much more.

This rockin’ little spot places a strong emphasis on sourcing quality organic, fair-trade coffee and products, as well as brewing some great events to take place over the summer.

This is definitely your place to grab a coffee while enjoying one of Galway’s most loved locations, the Salthill Prom.

Location Ladie’s beach, Lower Salthill, Galway city.

Contact (087) 977 6922

Badger & Dodo

Badger & Dodo is another spot for a good coffee. Hidden away near the new bus station beside Eyre Square it is well worth the trip. They are passionate about their coffee and the whole process from the bean to cup and you can tell, they roast their beans in their own micro roaster in Cork .

With so many cafes to choose from in Galway its hard to decide sometimes but if its tasty, high quality coffee you are looking for then this a good place to go. Also good spot to buy some beans for your own home coffee brewing.

Location Fairgreen road, corner with road to The Radisson.

Contact (087) 053 2660

Health food shops

Healthwise

Good health food shop, with good range of products from food, cosmetics, cleaning products and healthy sweet treats! Really reasonably priced. The owner and staff here are all so nice and helpful, I try to shop here as often as I can.

Contact (091) 568 761

Location  4 Lower Abbeygate St., Galway.

Evergreen

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Evergreen is an extremely successful healthstore chain in Galway. There are numerous shops around the city.

Their shops stock an extensive range of health food and natural products – you are most likely to find whatever health item you are looking for here.

The branch on Shop St. has a great range of cosmetic products upstairs, I love the Dr.Haushka products and Lavera is a good, reasonably priced range.

 

Ernies

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This is one of Galway’s best shops, a family run health food shop, come fruit and veg shop, come quality wine shop!

Good place to get Organic fruit and veg (best organic apples on sale here!). They have a great selection of health food products and basically all sorts of things your kitchen desires. This could possibly be called the original health food shop of Galway!

What I love most about this place is that it has kept its old-school charm and its a joy to shop in here. One of my favorite times of the day when I lived in Galway was coming here after early morning yoga practice, just as they were opening and shopping to the sound of  Lyric FM. (I’m easily pleased 🙂 )

Location 6-8 Sea Road, Galway.

Contact +353 (0)91 586812      erniesgalway@gmail.com

 

Holistic Therapy & Body Work

Sinead Murphy – Bio Energy & Massage Therapist

I can’t recommend Sinead highly enough! Ask any of the Ashtanga yoga crew and they will direct you to Sinead also, she is just great. I always come out of a session totally relaxed, rejuvenated.

Sinead has been working for over 10 years full time in the holistic field and now specialises in Bio-Energy. A gentle and restorative treatment that rebalances the nervous system while gently releasing the effect of stress.  The relaxing treatment aids in re-setting the nervous system and energy of the body to restore to health. Bio-Energy can assist the body in recovery and healing from all aspects of health from emotional stress to physical fatigue. Especially successful with releasing pain, calming anxiety and uplifting the body by gently re-tuning the natural energy flow of the body.

Contact  (087) 624 5685         Email sinead@restoringharmony.com

Farmer’s & Flea Markets

Flea Style Market

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Flea style market, Claddagh hall. Photo Source

This is a great little Flea market held in the Claddagh once a month. It’s been running for about four years now but I only discovered it recently. As well as a great selection of stalls with some cool vintage pieces they have started to have delicious vegan food on offer – last month they had vegan burgers from Moodley Manor and raw and vegan sweets from Bliss Bites Bakery, Yum!

This is well worth a trip down for a stroll around inside and grab a coffee or a bite to eat which you can enjoy while overlooking the beautiful Claddagh.

You can also apply to trade at the market here.

Contact fleastylegalway@gmail.com

Location The Claddagh Hall, Galway

Galway Market

Galway’s famous Saturday market is always worth a visit.

Great food stalls – Felafels, Vegetarian Indian food, Sweets and coffee. Lovely hand-made crafts, jewellery, clothes, flowers, photography and all sorts of local and non-local artisan goods.

Great Organic veggie guy here, but get down early before all the good produce is whipped up.

Location Church Lane, Galway

Moycullen Country Market

This lovely little market runs weekly on a Friday from 1 pm – 5 pm. Organic veg, sushi, breads and cakes, delicious toasted sandwiches, local artisan crafts and soaps.

We stopped in here on out way out to Connemara for the weekend and it’s a really nice place to stop into to have some lunch and pick up some nice bits. It’s great to see local markets thriving and even better to support them.

Contact (087) 267 2371

Location An Fuaran, Moycullen, Galway

Activities/ Entertainment

Leisureland

Swimming pool, sauna and steam room available for use in Salthill, great to spend the evening here after yoga and/or a swim in the ocean. It’s €8 for use and I’m pretty sure you can stay as long as you want – as long as the pool is not being used for classes.

Charlie Byrne’s bookshop

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If you like books like I do and even more so like all sorts of old, second-hand books then Charlie Byrne’s is a must visit. You can spend hours in here. They have an extensive selection of books, both second-hand and new – from psychology to travel books, spirituality, health, literature, Irish history, the list goes on. You can usually order books in if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for and they take your old books and give you credit for second-hand books in the shop – it’s a win win (they have a few guidelines on books they don’t accept).

Anyways this is one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday morning and ending up with more books than I can find time to read (which eventually get returned back here!).

Contact (091) 561 766

Location Cornstore Mall, Middle Street, Galway.

Salthill Prom

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The stunning Salthill on a sunny day.

You can’t beat an walk on the Salthill prom – early morning or evening time are especially nice with gorgeous views of county Clare across the shore.

Salthill is a lively spot for lunch or dinner, and even more enjoyable after a dip in the ocean! Join the fellow water babies down at Blackrock pier.

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Take a dip at Blackrock diving board, Salthill

 

Real Adventures

Real adventures offers awesome outdoor activities and adventures in one of my favourite places on earth, the stunningly beautiful connemara. You can enjoy some of the best that Irish nature has to offer – surfing local waves, hill walking, coasteering, kayaking, snorkeling, rock climbing and exploring caves with stunning views!

The guides here are extremely qualified and experienced and they are all really friendly and helpful, which is great if you’re new to activities such as these.

A really great way to experience Connemara, if you are taking a trip out there – which I would recommend as top of your list of places to visit if you come to Galway.

Location Clifden, Connemara, Galway

Contact Clare (085) 146 2526      realadventures.ie@gmail.com

 

If you do make the worthwhile trip to Connemara (in my view one of the most beautiful places in the world) then Guys Bar Clifden is great for food, a drive or walk up Sky Road for some spectacular views, a walk and swim in Dog’s bay followed by some of the best grub in Roundstone in O’Dowds.

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Stunning views in the beautiful Ballyconneely

You’ll catch me soaking up the sun in one of Connemara’s finest spots, Ballyconneely this weekend!

 

Check out my other guides:

Yoga Travel Guide: Wexford, Ireland

Yoga Travel Guide: Anjuna, Goa, India

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