Food in Ireland

Food in Ireland

Ireland is a gastronomic delight and Galway city has been officially awarded the European region for Gastronomy. The Irish climate and natural habitat supports an abundant supply of fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood. Many towns hold a weekly farmers market where the freshest of produce can be purchased, while most restaurants strive to use locally produced food sources. Irish pubs can also be great places to get a bite to eat and many serve all day long.

Food Stores

Small Irish food stores operate between 9.00am – 6.00pm, while supermarkets stay open to the later hour of 10.00pm. Cafes usually close at 6.00pm but restaurants will serve you up to 10.00pm.


Ireland is world renowned for its Irish breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage and pudding. It is typically eaten at weekends as it can be time consuming to cook and not the healthiest to eat every day. Most Irish families start their day with cereal, toast, yogurt and fruit.


Lunchtime usually takes place between 12.00pm and 2.00pm. People often enjoy soup, salads, and sandwiches during their lunchtimes. 


Dinner is the largest meal of the day and takes place in the evening time. Dishes could include pasta, stir-fry, seafood or meat accompanied with vegetables.