The main shopping area runs south from Eyre Square towards the Corrib. This pedestrian zone includes Williams Street, Shop Street, High Street, Mainguard Street and Quay Street. Along it you can find all kinds of high street and artisan shops, pubs and restaurants. The historical buildings and busy atmosphere also make this area one of the attractions of Galway.
Middle Street, which runs parallel to Shop Street, is a particularly good street for finding a range of inspiring and creative local enterprises, including the Irish-speaking theatre "An Taibhdhearc," the Cocoon designer studio and Charlie Byrne's Bookshop among others.
Image: Shopping in Galway, Quay Street
Markets & shopping centres
Galway Market - Church lane (beside St. Nicholas Church). Sa 8AM-6PM; Su 2-6PM. This market features a small number of local artisans and their handmade crafts. There is a special Christmas edition of this market, which runs annually from mid-December to just before Christmas.
Eyre Square Centre - A modern shopping centre almost entirely hidden behind a historical facade. Entrances can be found on the south side of Eyre Square and on Williams Street.