Home to storytellers, musicians, artists and creatives alike, Galway is one of the most welcoming places in Europe. A simple stroll down Shop Street is an enlightening experience for all the senses. From the bustling restaurants and pubs spilling onto the streets by night, to the fantastical markets and stalls by day, you can never be bored. As long as you have a jacket, there is something for everyone in this beautiful city. Although popular for its dynamic social scene, great food, and music, it is equally calm, peaceful and rich in charm and intrigue. 

Here are 5 places to recharge and boost your mental wellbeing in Galway.

  1. Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

The shop of every booklover’s dreams is located in the heart of the city. The atmosphere of this independent shop instantly both welcomes and calms you. The intricate maze-like layout transports you to mindful bliss, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Home to hundreds of thousands of books, second hand, new, antique, and bargains- you can find anything you are looking for. Grab a coffee and explore this one-of-a-kind treasure!

2. The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden café offers a reprieve from daily busyness and welcomes you into its warm embrace. Furnished with decorative cushions, plants and the occasional pet, it embodies a calm retreat. You can sit out or in, or even on a cushion on the floor- whatever you fancy. With an extensive range of hot drinks to choose from, you will surely have a pep in your step upon leaving the café. 

3. Salthill Promenade Walk

The prom in Salthill is one of Galway’s finest features. Best enjoyed with a hot drink and a good friend, you can avail of this natural beauty at any time of year. Sea air is a powerful antioxidant for a racing mind, as well as listening to the sound of the crashing waves. Walking by water has been shown to increase and enhance creativity, so it is best to enjoy this opportunity as often as possible. Don’t forget to kick the stone at the end for good luck!

4. An Seomra Yoga

Yoga is a spiritual, physical, mental and emotional retreat for the body. It relies upon the idea of interconnectedness of mind and body. We all spend so much time ‘up in our heads’, instead of in our bodies. Yoga allows us to live in our bodies, hear our intuition, and let go easily of mental clutter. An Seomra Yoga offers classes for all levels, from beginners to seasoned yogis. There is a dynamic range of styles to choose from, including yin, meditative, ashtanga, and so on, so there is always something to suit you. Practicing yoga regularly can reduce anxiety, and will definitely spruce up your weekly calendar, giving you something to look forward to.