The best breakfasts in Glasgow

The best breakfasts in Glasgow

Eggs Florentine at Cafe Gandolfi

The best all-rounders in the west, plus a few specific breakfast-item highlights

Café Gandolfi
64 Albion Street, 552 6813,
Breakfast served: Mon-Sat 8am-noon; Sun 9am-noon.

The long-standing, Scottish cuisine-focused eatery has beefed up its breakfasts in recent years, resulting in a menu with eight different egg dishes including Hebridean (with Stornoway black pudding) and Alba (with peat-smoked salmon) options to back up the standard Benedicts and Florentines. French toast, pancakes and homemade scones exist for those with a carb-ier meal in mind. (Niki Boyle)

72 Nithsdale Road, 423 1411,
Breakfast served Tue-Thu 11am-1pm; Fri-Sat 10am-1pm; Sun 10am-5pm.

A cosy Southside joint famed for its community focus and ever-changing menu. The Stornoway Tower is always going to be difficult to say no to (poached eggs, bacon, French toast and black pudding. Ooft.), but the eggs Benedict is also top notch: crispy bacon, a nice and gloopy egg. Get it with a wonderfully rich coffee on the side. (Lauren Mayberry)

Gusto and Relish
729-731 Pollokshaws Road, 424 1233,
Breakfast served: Mon-Fri 9-11.45am; Sat 10-11.45am; Sun 10.30am-noon.

This friendly Southside deli offers the full range of breakfast options until noon only, but for late risers there’s still a good spread to choose from, including a hefty sandwich of homemade, chunky Sunnyside pork sausage between doorstops of crusty white bread, or a sweet and buttery Belgian waffle with various toppings. (Laura Ennor)

Heart Buchanan
380 Byres Road, 334 7626.
Breakfast served: Mon-Fri 8.30-11am; Sat 9am-9.30pm; Sun noon-7pm.

A light and airy deli on Byres Road with all brekkie bases covered, from a takeaway coffee and pastry for £3, via a virtuous-but-tasty granola, yoghurt and fruit bowl to generous helpings of squidgy French toast with bacon and maple syrup, all served up on chunky wooden boards. Delicious. (Laura Ennor)

The Hyndland Café
96 Clarence Drive, 334 2719,
Breakfast served: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 9.30am-5pm. Deliveries from 10am.

A tiny neighbourhood café, deservedly popular with tender west-enders popping in for a hangover-banishing bacon or sausage roll to take away. It’s well-priced, no-nonsense greasy spoon fare, with any number of combinations available, up to a generous full breakfast at a very reasonable £5.45.
(Laura Ennor)

142a St Vincent Street, 248 9771,
Breakfast served: Mon-Fri 7.30-11am; closed at weekends.

From the plastic trays to the waitresses’ super-cheery greetings, this place has been designed to fit the fast food mould. But the certificates on the wall honouring ‘hero suppliers’ give a clue that, while the produce used here may be of Scottish origin, there will be no superfluous Mc- prefixes on the menu. Great for a good, simple bacon roll or a hearty smoothie on the go, Martha’s is filling a gap in the market. (Laura Ennor)

28 Gibson Street, 334 2665,
Brunch served: Sun 11am-5pm. No breakfast menu during the week.

For those in search of an unpretentious yet undeniably swanky brunching experience, Stravaigin should be your destination. A perfectly cooked ‘Kick Ass Eggs Benedict’ (the kick is in the chilli Hollandaise) is a substantial option, while the full Scottish has all the essentials and outstanding black pudding, but isn’t too big for the average appetite, leaving room for one of a range of desserts if you’re feeling truly decadent. (Laura Ennor)

Tapa Coffeehouse / Bakehouse
721 Pollokshaws Road, 423 9494, / 21 Whitehall Street, 554 9981,
Coffeehouse breakfast served: Mon-Thu 8am-6pm; Fri & Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 9am-6pm.
Bakehouse breakfast served: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm .

Famed for strong, characterful coffee but equally deserving of praise for their homemade bread and other edible delights, Tapa make and sell fresh and mostly organic goodies at sites in Pollokshields and Dennistoun. Among the highlights are lovely, creamy scrambled eggs piled high on wholemeal organic toast, pleasingly non-greasy sausages, and a full breakfast available in vegetarian and even vegan versions. (Laura Ennor)

Trans-Europe Café
25 Parnie Street, 552 7999,
Breakfast served: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.

With any luck, the inheritance of a chef from the Ubiquitous Chip will only enhance the simple, unfussy atmosphere at this continentally-themed bistro. The breakfast and Sunday brunch menus are beloved by regulars, featuring toasted bagels and English muffins topped with perfectly poached eggs, as well as a nice selection of omelettes. (Niki Boyle)

102 Dumbarton Road, 576 0122.
Breakfast served: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm.

Named after a hip New York neighbourhood, this cosy Partick café aims to inject some Big Apple largesse into the weekend brunch. Big being the operative word: pancakes are stacked and topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup, while the full Manhattan breakfast features hash browns, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, three eggs and granary toast. If you’re counting calories, fu-get about it! (Niki Boyle)

And if you're craving something specific …


Il Cappuccino
491 Great Western Road
721 Pollokshaws Road


142a St Vincent Street
An Clachan
Kelvingrove Park


Where the Monkey Sleeps
182 West Regent Street
Naked Soup
6 Kersland Street


The Flavour Co
517a Great Western Road


102 Dumbarton Road


The Left Bank
33-35 Gibson Street
Heart Buchanan
380 Byres Road


72 Nithsdale Road
Café Gandolfi
64 Albion Street


28–30 Gibson Street
Hyndland Café
96 Clarence Drive

A The Hyndland Café
96 Clarence Drive, Glasgow, G12 9RN
Popular local institution serving all-day breakfasts, light lunches and sweet snacks
B TriBeCa
102 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6NX
The original Tribeca unit at Partick is renowned for NYC-inspired brunch and dinner dishes that are big on flavour and bigger on portion size.
C Naked Soup
6 Kersland Street, Glasgow, G12 8BL
Since taking the reins in early 2015, the new owners of Naked Soup have focused their energies into producing high-quality dishes. From the first spoonful of the rich yet delicate butternut squash, coconut and lentil soup it’s evident that their time…
D The Left Bank
33–35 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NU
From brunch-time to late evening, this West End bistro keeps pulling in a faithful crowd for imaginative, well-considered cooking and laid-back drinks.
E Stravaigin
28–30 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
‘Think global, eat local’ is the mantra that underpins Stravaigin’s menus, showcasing the best local, seasonal Scottish produce in innovative ways.
F Il Cappuccino
491 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HL
An affectionately viewed staple of the West End’s takeaway scene for over a decade and renowned for its grilled ciabattas and paninis, Il Cappuccino is often queued down the street during weekday lunchtimes. As such, the service is friendly but…
G An Clachan
La Belle Place, Glasgow, G3 7LH
A rustic and welcoming café housed in a charming Kelvingrove Park building, with daily specials and luxury cakes.
H Gusto & Relish
729–731 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AA
Both bacon and cakes are made in-house at this perennially popular Southside café – perfect for a refuel after a walk round Queens Park.
I Where the Monkey Sleeps
182 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RU
A basement café in Glasgow city centre, with album covers and local artists' work decorating the walls, serving up mighty sandwiches and more.
J Trans-Europe Café
25 Parnie Street, Glasgow, G1 5RJ
There's nowhere like it in Glasgow, nor Scotland, nor the rest of the UK. In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find somewhere similar on the continent, despite the big lovingly homaged Euro-nod it gives with the name, the eye-catching tiled maps, and décor…
K Café Gandolfi
64 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY
A Glaswegian dining institution that's championed the best of Scottish produce since opening its doors in the Merchant City in 1979.
L Tapa Bakehouse
21 Whitehill Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 2LH
A friendly Dennistoun bakery and coffee house, with organic, veggie and gluten-free credentials that extend its reach well beyond the neighbourhood.