The Hungry Monk Cafe
The Hungry Monk Cafe is right on the border of Galway and Mayo, and most of its produce is sourced from this area. The smoked salmon in their scrambled eggs breakfast is from Corn a Mona, a nearby village; the pork in their sausage sandwich on a “Blaa” bap comes from Kelly’s of Newport; the Coffee is roasted in Westport and the water is bottled from the hills of Tourmaceady. The menu is small and uncomplicated, as the owners aim for great taste and freshness.
Abbey St, Cong, Co. Mayo +353 94 954 5842
With a bright, buzzing atmosphere, Appetite Cafe is the perfect place to start your day. The decor is calming and sure to give you an easy wake up, with white walls and black furniture. All food is freshly cooked, using only the freshest ingredients which are locally sourced.
Linenhall Street, Castlebar +353 87 752 4619
A renovated old stone cottage, this cafe is the place to go for a change of scenery if you’re looking for somewhere a little different. On the inside it really is like staying in someone’s cottage home, with a small kitchen area with photographs in frames and random bits and bobs decorating the place. The menu is small but tasty – with their pancakes described as some of the best in Ireland – and the cottage is in a charming spot with Seamus the donkey and lots of sheep grazing nearby.
Rosturk, Mulranny, Westport 0872363673
Ginger & Wild Cafe
Set in the stunning Ballycroy National Park, the Ginger & Wild Cafe is sure to set you up for a great day of hiking and exploring in the Nephin Beg range. The view from the cafe is truly incredible – from the tables you can see right across to the mountains. Service can be slow but food is wonderfully presented and delicious. To the west of the mountains is Owenduff bog, which is also part of the national park and is one of the last active blanket bog systems in Ireland.
Ballycroy Westport Co Mayo, Westport +353 87 6666633
Aghna’s Coffee Bar
Aghna’s is dedicated to fresh home baking, with wonderful cakes and home brews of tea and coffee. The Cafe is bright and airy with light cream walls and natural oak furniture. Aghna’s Coffee Bar uses no artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors – just simple good, healthy food. Breakfast and brunch choices include salad platters such as Egg Mayo (free range) and Prawn Marie-rose, a selection of baked potatoes, hot or cold sandwiches and various delicious home-baked products like scones or cakes.
Cafe Rua serves lots of its own grown produce in uncomplicated dishes. Breakfast specials change daily, but some favorites include French toast with bananas and maple cream and Connemara Smokehouse Smoked Salmon with scrambled eggs. Freshly made buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup are available every Saturday. Everyday breakfasts include the full breakfast (Kelly’s Sausages and pudding, rashers, fried eggs and mushrooms) and toasted rua breads with lemon curd and jam.
The Bay Leaf
A wonderfully bright and refreshing cafe in the center of Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centre, The Bay Leaf has the atmosphere of any nature shop – relaxed, comfortable and natural. The food is remarkably good for such a cafe and the prices are very reasonable. The decor is bright and lively, reflecting the colorful plants and flowers outside.
Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Castlebar +353 94 928 9743
Heffernans Fine Foods
Heffernans Fine Foods is an award-winning venue. For breakfast, there are great choices like Kilbeggan organic porridge served with a choice of dried or fresh fruit, brown sugar or Irish honey, and for lunch there is a fantastic selection, including the delightful chicken filo pastry wrap.
Market Square, Ballina, Co. Mayo +353 96 21218
The Helm Westport
Situated on the waterfront overlooking the quay, The Helm is a seafood bar and restaurant. It has a good variety on the breakfast menu. A family run business, the service at The Helm is exceptional. The food is wonderful and priced accordingly. From the lunch menu, the steak sandwich and chicken curry come very highly recommended, and the hot chocolate is incredible.
The Quay, Westport +353 98 26398
Commons’ Clay Cafe
A pottery painting studio and a restaurant in one, at Commons’ Clay Cafe you can spend your time painting bisque (unpainted white pottery) items. It is a great way to let children have fun while you enjoy a quiet breakfast or brunch, or a relaxing way to spend your own time. The breakfast menu includes both full Irish and American breakfasts. There is also a lunch and Sunday brunch menu with lots of great choices.
22, Lakeside Retail Park, Old Ballindine Road, Claremorris +353 94 937 3370