Let me guess… everybody loves to have a good downtown experience, you know the coffee shops, the little cozy stores, buildings, night lights, and depending on where you are in the world you might even experience live music (I do all the time in Nashville which I will cover in another post.)

This time I visited Downtown Galway. On this particular day my camera was busted (long story) so I had to use my iPhone camera to capture some of the most lovely spots in downtown. I didn’t edit any of these pictures, however I wanted to share with you all a little bit of this beautiful place.

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I started walking my way downtown around 8:30 am. The weather was exactly as I described in my last post Ireland Dreaming and I was in need of a good coffee… perhaps an Irish coffee. The majority of the local stores were just opening you could hear the noise of the opening doors and moving tables. 

The city was busy that morning; people going to work and school and your typical tourist scene. I started walking with no direction whatsoever, simply taking it all in. 

As I’m going in all directions and trying to take some pictures, a huge cloud was forming and I had no idea what I was going to do. I mean seriously, I’m in Downtown Galway with no directions, no clue of where I was going and not even an umbrella in my travel backpack. Oh I forgot to mention that I had already caught a cold -not too bad.-

Keep in mind I still haven’t had my coffee and I’m starting to get a headache (raise your hand if you’re a coffee junkie like me.) Nevertheless I was extremely excited to be there. I have a crazy obsession with downtowns. Now the said cloud was even bigger and I felt the little tiny raindrops touching my face. I need to find a place to have a hot coffee and hide from the rain NOW so I came across Coffeewerk + Press very cute coffee shop right in the middle of downtown. I had a cappuccino and yummy!


After having a delicious cup of coffee I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else, but I also knew I had to get going before the bus leaves to my next stop in Ireland: Killarney. Ireland is a truly beautiful place. Don’t believe me? check my Ireland Dreaming Photography Project.

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Here’s 5 reasons why I’m obsessed with downtowns:

1) You get a taste of what it’s like to live in the city. Downtowns (or City Centre) are always magical. You can feel the rush of the city, what time the locals go to work, what’s the traffic like, what type of business are they running in the city, the most popular cafés and restaurants, night light, shops and why not, the best happy hours in town. 

2) Finding the perfect coffee shop. If you love coffee as much as I do you’d agree with me on this. While in Downtown Galway I saw there were a lot of options for coffee and as you can imagine it’s not easy to make up your mind in this kind of situations… well you have to go with your gut feelings! After walking around for about 30 minutes I found the best coffee shop in town (not that I had tried the other shops… but you know what I mean) and I’m not talking about Starbucks (Nothing against Starbucks though.)

3) Quirky, lovely stores. I don’t know about you but I’ve had it with the shopping malls. I only go to the mall when it’s absolutely necessary (usually when I can’t find what I’m looking for anywhere else.) When visiting Downtown -anywhere- there would always be some unique stores with items you won’t find anywhere else (maybe in the store next door) usually owned by locals and I love it.  

4) The night life. Need I say more? 

5) Food, food, food. Yes, I know you can find food anywhere, but in my opinion the best places to eat are found where? DOWNTOWN. Don’t underestimate the valuable information found in those little tourist booklets, they are the best. Yes they are!

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I could tell you more reasons why I’m obsessed with Downtown areas but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from writing. That’s why I’m working on a series of blog post about… guess what? DOWNTOWNS! I have an amazing lineup and you don’t want to miss the wonderful shots I’m taking along the way. Stay tuned friends! 

Don’t forget to check my Ireland Dreaming project to see some of the most fabulous shots I took in Ireland. And if you made it this far, thank you! I appreciate your visit and if you have something nice to say, ideas or any questions please comment below and let’s keep in touch. Feel free to share this blog (only if you like it of course) I have a lot of cool stuff coming up so you might want to become my friend 🙂 

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Until next week,

Be kind to yourself and to those around you,

An-J xo

Posted by:AnthonyJSantana

Visual Arts, Travel, Textiles, Photography & Life.

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