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A good reason to visit Spiddal

This April Standún Spiddal have teamed up with the Galway Simon Community to help raise awareness and funding for homeless people in Galway.

For the month of April, they are encouraging people to donate any unwanted or unused clothes. Standún are kicking things off by hosting a coffee morning on Saturday April 5th between 11am and 2pm in aid of the Galway Simon Community at their store. All are welcome and everyone is encouraged to donate.


Standún are encouraging people to donate a bag of unwanted clothes to this worthy charity this April. For every bag donated directly to the charity, the Galway Simon Community will be offering a free tea or coffee with a delicious cake in the café at Standun. For every item of clothing donated directly to Standún Spiddal they will receive a 20% voucher off all non-reduced items in-store. 


Cupán Tae

Retro is not enough when we need to define this little place in Quay Lane. It is more than the obvious look into the past so fashionable lately, every detail has a reason to be and makes part of a whole, from the small tables at the front door, to the plants in the teapots or the decorated little napkins.

In Cupán Tae you can feel like a character in Alice in Wonderland; you can discover yourself holding your china cup very carefully not to break it, not to scratch it, not even leaving that drop of tea fall down to the saucer and get your lovely cup dirty.

But the nice appearance is only visible when you are waiting for your tea or coffee and your cake (you will want some cake!). When it arrives, you just forget about the flowers on the cup, of the objects on the walls you will be only focus on the flavour. Besides, they prepare gluten free cakes and cupcakes.

You can check the Speciality Teas they offer in their Website

They also serve breakfast and, although they look tasty (see pictures below) I have to be honest… I didn’t try any yet.

Cupán Tea is open from 10 to 17 pm Mon-Thu and 10-18 pm Fri-Sun

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The Secret Garden, tea and events


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Me encanta este sitio, no lo puedo negar.

Me gustan las mesas pequeñas, los cojines para sentarse en el suelo, el jardín de atrás, que por algo se llama The Secret Garden. Pero claro, lo mejor es el té. Y creo que tiene mucho mérito abrir una tetería en Irlanda, sobre todo si se le quiere dar un toque distinto, en este caso, simplemente por todas las variedades de tés que ofrecen cuando aquí se suele tomar solo un té básico y con leche, The Secret Garden ofrece opciones que te acercan a Marruecos, a India y Pakistan, tienen mate, Rooibos… en total más de 100 variedades.

Por supuesto también hay café (y muy bueno) y para los golosos una variedad de tartas y dulces, pero si os recomendamos ahora este pequeño lugar en William Street es por dos de los eventos que preparan para este mes de Junio.

Lunes 17, a las 18h:

The Second Swap Shop. Se trata de intercambiar tus objetos por los de otras personas. Ropa, zapatos, bolsos, libros, lo que queráis, siempre que estén en buenas condiciones. La entrada son 3 euros y las instrucciones las puedes ver en la página de Facebook de The Secret Garden.

Miércoles 19, a las 20h:

5 instructures de yoga y meditación han formado la banda Inis y ofrecerán una mezcla de mantras y música folk espiritual (irlandesa y del resto del mundo)

También puedes disfrutar de música en directo y dj’s los fines de semana, y recuerda que está abierto hasta las 11 de la noche.

The Secret Garden está en el número 4 de William Street West.

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I love this place, I can’t deny it.

I like the small tables, the cushions to sit on the floor, the back garden. But of course, the best is their tea. And I think that it has a lot of merit to open a tearoom in Ireland, especially if you want to give a different touch, in this case, simply with all the varieties of teas they offer, when here we just take basic tea with milk. The Secret Garden provides options from Morocco, India and Pakistan, you can drink mate, Rooibos… altogether more than 100 varieties.

There’s also coffee (and very good coffee) and for those having a sweet’tooth a variety of cakes and sweets, but we recommend this little place in William Street now for two of the events they prepare for this month of June.

Monday 17th, at 18h:

The Second Swap Shop. Exchange your items for other people’s. Clothes, shoes, bags, books, whatever you want, whenever they are in good condition. Admission is 3 euros and instructions can be seen on the Facebook page of The Secret Garden.

Wednesday 19th, at 20h:

Five Yoga & Meditation practitioners have formed the band Inis and will be playing a mix of mantras and spiritual folk music (Irish and the rest of the world) until 22h

You can also enjoy live music and DJs on the weekends, and remember: it is open until 11 pm!

The Secret Garden is on 4 William Street West

By now you can only pay in cash

Gourmet Tart Co.


We should name this post “Gourmet Tart Co. always something good”. Because they will give you good food from breakfast to dinner.

This chain began as a French-style bakery but now it is a good option for all your meals (tasty sandwiches with different ingredients according to the season) and a take-away menu you can check here.

Open times are Monday to Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and just a little later on Sundays (at 9:00), so it’s the perfect choice for that first coffee every morning, but also, a good option when all the other cafes are closing, (Gourmet and The Secret Garden are two of the few places in Galway where you can enjoy a coffee after 7 p.m.)

Besides every Sunday from 8 to 8 a big brunch, offering from the classical Scrambled Eggs to this elaborated Asian style: Japanese Vegetable Ramen, Ramen Noodles with wild Mushrooms, Chili, Bok Choy, Peppers, fried Tofu, Soft Boiled Egg, Soy Sauce and Coriander.

But if we have chosen to talk about them now is because they are carrying a contest out for Easter. It is quite simple:

You just have to guess how many eggs are used to make the meringues in the shops of Abbeygate St. Or Tesco window display.

The prize is a meal for two. Look for them on Facebook and good luck!

** There are four Gourmet Tart Co. in Galway, to find more information: