Glasgow East End: Eating & Drinking
A hugely popular organic bakehouse that has had even the most hardcore WEndies flocking over to Dennistoun. The menu is littered with a mouth-watering array of homemade chutneys and organic cheeses, while the bread and cakes baked on the premises will put any diet to the test. Tapa’s weekend brunch is also worth a look: perfect for a lazy Sunday.
21 Whitehill Street, 0141 554 9981
A long-time East End favourite, Coia’s has been in business for over 70 years, and shows no sign of slowing. Italian classics such as carbonara and pizza are served alongside traditional Scottish favourites like mince and tatties. Their famous ice-cream is also worth a trip – the recipe is a closely guarded family secret and it’s easy to see why.
473–477 Duke Street, 0141 554 3822
Good, rustic home cooking is on the menu in this cosy eaterie. The menu is varied and surprising – whisky-cured salmon and peanut-fried fishcakes cry out to be ordered. The wine list is pretty reasonable too, with bottles starting at just £10.50. The pre-theatre deal is also tempting – just £9.95 for two courses. Tibo holds regular acoustic nights, so you can enjoy a little culture while you dine.
443 Duke Street, 0141 550 2050
Bar meets café meets record shop – Mono has it all. Specialising in organic and vegan produce, it even has its own microbrewery that produces local ales. Meat-free Mondays are also popular with veggie diners, who can tuck into specialities such as smoked tofu on toast. On the side, Monorail records provides a fantastic soundtrack and the chance to pick up some independent white label tracks.
12 King’s Court, 0141 553 2400
Combining culture with cookery, the café is situated in the Wasps artist studio in the East End. With a passion for organic, free-range and healthy food, the family-run café places value on fresh seasonal produce. Fresh baking, tasty smoothies and a cheerful atmosphere make this the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
77 Hanson street, 0141 556 6733
Serving good Scottish home cooking in a laid-back setting, Café Source is hidden out of the way in the basement of an old church in the Saltmarket. Enticing daily specials jostle for space with traditional favourites such as Scotch pie, stovies and haggis, and they have a good range of malts to go alongside. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable, as is the excellent pre-theatre deal.
1 St Andrews Square, 0141 548 6020