24 hours in Sligo: Tuck into a flourishing foodie region
Perfect Day: Irish short breaks
Nicola Brady maps out 24 hours in Sligo, where food trails and local restaurants have created a flourishing foodie region.
10am Brunch at Sweet Beat
Kick the day off right with a bite at the popular Sweet Beat Café. Open since 2015, it's the place to go in Sligo for plant-based, vegetarian food that is all at once wholesome and decadent. Try the avocado toast - thick bread from the local French bakery topped with creamy avocado, spicy seeds and dressed leaves (€8). Their homemade kombucha is top notch, and an excellent Americano costs just €2.20.
How: Corner of Bridge Street & Kempton Parade; sweetbeat.ie
2pm: Taste the Sligo Food Trail
If you want to get stuck into Sligo's food scene, check out the local Sligo Food Trail. It's got details of all the places you'll want to dip into - like Fabio's, for the best gelato outside of Italy (try the Bull's Blood), or Le Fournil, a cute French bakery with homemade chocolates and unbeatable baguettes. Tuck into a locally-inspired nine-course Harvest Feast (Oct. 13; €65pp), or try a 'Strandhill Adventure' bundling surfing, a seaweed bath, dinner at Trá Bán and more (€199pp).
How: sligofoodtrail.ie; facebook.com/SligoFoodTrail
5pm: Pre-dinner drinks in Hargadon's
Time to take a little break from the food and step into the world of craft beer. Hargadon's is an insanely charming old pub on O'Connell Street - dating back to 1868 with cosy wooden booths, trinkets on the walls and a snug that's rarely empty. Take your pick from a wide selection of beers, like the local Anderson's Ale from the Lough Gill Brewery, or an IPA from White Hag.
8pm: Tapas at Knox
Another newbie to the scene (relatively speaking), Knox is a cool café by day, buzzing tapas joint by night. Though only open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Knox is a sure-fire hit for innovative, taste-packed dishes that change fairly regularly. If you spot the West Coast crab with vanilla and lime (€10), snap it up - it's a dream.
How: 32 O'Connell Street; knoxsligo.ie
Somewhere central to stay? Try The Glasshouse (theglasshouse.ie), overlooking the River Garavogue. Rooms from €89.