Discover Your New Favourite Reading Spot!
On a random Wednesday afternoon in the typical pouring rain of Galway, I ran into the first cafe that would let me take cover. Luckily for me, I happened upon my new favourite cafe in town. Hidden within Dominick Street, Rouge waits unassuming for its next happenstance with another cafe-reading-lover.
Upon first glance, the restaurant looks like just another pub, with its black paint and red-coloured logo on the building. Honestly, with its outside looks, one can assume it would be synonymous with The Front Door, O’Connell’s Bar, or Monroe’s Tavern.
However, once I stepped foot into Rouge I was transported into a romantic cafe tucked within the cliffs of Normandy, France that I visited less than ten years ago.
As I made my way through the entryway, my eyes followed the ceiling which curled itself around the jagged stone walls. I let my eyes follow the rocks to rest upon the walnut leather sofas and candlelit tables that longed to be filled with the buzz of people.
“Bonjour, comment ça va?" A woman’s voice called from beside me as another woman seeking asylum from the heavy downpour feasted her eyes upon the immaculate vibes of this underrated cafe.
Side note: You don’t need to know or speak French to
go here, however, the baristas openly speak it, so if you want to sharpen up on
your French, are a native French speaker, or are just sick of speaking English,
don’t be afraid to talk to them in French.
I turned to the till to see two baristas greeting me
behind a bar filled with fresh pastries, quiches, and other French cuisines.
Not only is the coffee good, but the cafe offers free Wi-Fi
for those who want to plant themselves in one place to study for hours on end.
I know I’ll be found on the couches, catching up on Suzanne Young’s Program series that I’ve been addicted
to these past few weeks.