Best cafés in Glasgow
- Eating and Drinking Guide
- 4 June 2019
Glasgow's best spots for tea, coffee and cake – with a slice of good ambience thrown in too
Glasgow's café scene is a moveable feast – one that is always expanding and delivering new, exciting offerings. With an emphasis on quality eats and coffee, Glasgow's cafes reflect every vibrant neighbourhood they're in. Relaxed brunch and vegan menus have gained a foothold, whilst delis and bakeries have begun to emphasise locally-roasted coffee and in-house baking. Such developments augur only good things ahead for this city's café culture. Here's our must-visit cafes in Glasgow:
The Glad Café
An artsy community café hub with loads of space for patrons to write, read or talk over top-quality food courtesy of Hen of the Woods, aka the Hug & Pint.
Home to pop-up street food specialists Chompsky, with a global brunchy lunch menu taking in sourdough toasts, bao buns and some alluring puds.
With its skilled collaborative team of chefs and bakers, Lagom Kitchen is always an attraction to the discerning brunch diner and cake seeker.
Finally a café operation for the righteous people at Locavore, who've been showing us how we should be buying and eating food for years.
McCune Smith Café
A historical theme may run through the menu but McCune Smith is very forward thinking in terms of its intelligent dishes and ethical, local sourcing.
East End sister venue to the Southside's Café Strange Brew, with a similar focus on creative breakfasts, brunches and classy coffee.
Spacious, bright and quirkily rustic basement café on Garnethill, serving refined all-day breakfasts and lunches, with an equally good, newer branch in the Merchant City.
The Bakery by Zique
A bakery and deli from the folks behind Cafezique, with wide-ranging bakes and cakes and plenty of savoury options.
A West End classic pretty much as soon as it opened, with artisan-baked breads, tarts and sandwiches of striking quality.
The Good Coffee Cartel
A Kinning Park roastery with a rotating selection of coffee, as well as coffee equipment, subscriptions, and beans to take home.
Riverhill Coffee Bar
A contemporary bar with a bare-brick interior and a smattering of seating, serving up delicious snacks, cakes and coffee.
Health-conscious takeaway with pick-and-mix bowls for breakfast and lunch, including Glasgow-based produce.