Best cafés in Glasgow

Best cafés in Glasgow

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Glasgow's best spots for tea, coffee and cake – with a slice of good ambience thrown in too

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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.

Gnom
Home to pop-up street food specialists Chompsky, with a global brunchy lunch menu taking in sourdough toasts, bao buns and some alluring puds.

Lagom Kitchen
With its skilled collaborative team of chefs and bakers, Lagom Kitchen is always an attraction to the discerning brunch diner and cake seeker.

Locavore Café
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.

Mesa
East End sister venue to the Southside's Café Strange Brew, with a similar focus on creative breakfasts, brunches and classy coffee.

Singl-end
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.

Cottonrake
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.

Sprigg
Health-conscious takeaway with pick-and-mix bowls for breakfast and lunch, including Glasgow-based produce.

A The Bakery by Zique
79 Lauderdale Gardens, Glasgow, West End, G12 9QT
Chic bakery from the folks behind Cafezique, with wide-ranging bakes and cakes plus plenty of savoury options. Also provide catering services.
B The Good Coffee Cartel
12 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1AQ
A Kinning Park roastery with a rotating selection of coffee, as well as coffee equipment, subscriptions, and beans to take home.
C Cottonrake
497 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HN
A West End classic pretty much as soon as it opened, with artisan-baked breads, tarts and sandwiches of striking quality.
D The Glad Café
1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG
An artsy community café hub where patrons write, read or talk while enjoying food – Hen of the Woods oversee the daytime menu while the Hug and Pint team serve up the evening one.
E Gnom
758 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AE
Permanent spot for pop-up street food specialists Chompsky, with a global menu taking in kedgeree, bao buns and some alluring puds.
F Singl-end
263 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6TT
Spacious, bright and quirkily rustic basement café and bakehouse on Garnethill, serving refined all-day breakfasts and lunches.
G Locavore
349 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 7SA
Locavore (meaning ‘eater of local food’) is a not-for-profit organisation working on projects to encourage more people to eat locally and sustainably. Their hub is the shop-cum-community kitchen in Shawlands, from where they sell local and Scottish food…
H Lagom Kitchen
76 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 7AD
With its skilled collaborative team of chefs and bakers, Lagom Kitchen is attracting the discerning brunch diner and cake seeker.
I Riverhill Coffee Bar
24 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3PU
A contemporary bar with a bare-brick interior and a smattering of seating, serving up delicious snacks, cakes and coffee.
J Sprigg
241 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DA
Health-conscious takeaway with pick-and-mix bowls for breakfast and lunch, including Glasgow-based produce.
K McCune Smith Café
3–5 Duke Street, Glasgow, G4 0UL
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.
L Mesa
567 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1PY
East End sister venue to the Southside's Café Strange Brew, with a similar focus on breakfast, brunch and great coffee.

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