Weekly Saturday Market in the centre of Galway city is quite simply one of those joyful, experiences of life that make you glad to be alive as well as offering a wonderful selection of foods and novel goods and gift ideas which are excellent value.
It is no wonder that locals and visitors throng the market all day long every Saturday, rain, hail or shine.
Located in the laneway between Shop Street and Market Street, (see map below), as you walk between the stalls every one of your senses will be arrested by the cornocopia of smells, tastes, sounds and vision and lively atmosphere created by the interaction betwen the stall holders and browsers alike.
Foods range from the fresh fruit and veg stalls, where the stall holders often throw in fresh herbs or some extra items for good measure.
Then there is the quality gourmet stands selling about 20 different types of olives, fresh pasta, cheeses, home made relishes and sauces.
Novel gift ideas are the candles of all different shapes and smells, beautiful hats, old shoes which are varnished and decorated.
Dieters be warned! the aroma of fresh, often exotic gourmet foods or fresh sausages sizzling is irresistible. As are the homemade cakes and breads, and then of course there's the portions of mussels in garlic sauce. Hmmm .
As you wind your way through the centre of the market along Churchyard Streeet you may be surprised to find a bookshop - Hawkins House - which specialises in books of interest to tourists right in the middle of all potatoes, eggs, flowers and what have you.
Beautiful celtic and delightfully novel jewellry crafted from silver and copper is also sold, as are books, colourful cards and well discover the rest for yourself.
While the list of things to see and do in Galway is endless, put the Saturday market right up at the top of the list.
Map showing location of Saturday Market: