Best Cafés in Glasgow

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

Best Cafés in Glasgow


The best cafés are those that stick to their guns. It might be serious coffee, artisan bread, or a proper vegetarian menu – but our favourites tend to excel in their specialist field. Sandwiches, soups and salads dominate many a menu because of the lunchtime rush (and we recognise quality in that area, too), though there are others that offer space and calm, and yet more that slink into evening with wine, beer and bistro-esque menus. Organic, local and homemade aren’t uncommon credentials, and a café that knows its customers is also a beautiful thing.

Glasgow’s best cafés

The Blue Chair
85 High Street, Merchant City, G1 1NB
A welcoming and soulful creative hangout with inventive home cooking served with charm. | read our review of The Blue Chair

Dandelion Café
Newlands Park Pavilion, 26 Lubnaig Road, Southside, G43 2RY
A Southside park café with locals and regulars standing in line for some of the best home-baking in Glasgow. | read our review of Dandelion Café

70–72 Hyndland Street, Hyndland, G11 5PT
Beautiful home-baked dishes served by attentive staff within a quirky West End interior. | read our review of Delizique

Kember & Jones
134 Byres Road, West End, G12 8TD
Undisputedly one of of Glasgow’s best cafés, who grind their own coffee, and bake their own exceptionally good bread and cakes. | read our review of Kember & Jones

McCune Smith Café
3–5 Duke Street, Drygate, G4 0UL
A historical theme may run through the menu but McCune Smith is very forward thinking in terms of its intelligent dishes and contemporary design. | read our review of McCune Smith Café

142a St Vincent Street, City Centre, G2 5LQ
Superfood gets the fast food treatment at this revolutionary Glasgow canteen – everything from porridge pots to rainbow salads. | read our review of Martha’s

North Star
108 Queen Margaret Drive, West End, G20 8NZ
Step off Queen Margaret Drive and into the authentic taste of a welcoming and bustling Mediterranean canteen. | read our review of North Star

265 Renfrew Street, City Centre, G3 6TT
Spacious, bright and quirkily rustic basement café and bakehouse on Garnethill, serving refined all-day breakfasts and lunches. | read our review of Singl-end

The Tearooms @ The Butterfly and the Pig
151 Bath Street, City Centre, G2 4SQ
A retro-style tearoom offering lunch, afternoon tea, and an extensive selection of tea and cakes. | read our review of The Tearooms @ The Butterfly and the Pig

The Vic Cafe Bar
Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association, 20 Scott Street, City Centre, G3 6PE
The Vic Café Bar is a hubbub of creative activity that specialises in reinventing classic comforting dishes. | read our review of The Vic Cafe Bar

Best wee cafés in Glasgow

497 Great Western Road, West End, G12 8HN
A West End classic pretty much as soon as it opened, with artisan-baked breads, tarts and sandwiches of striking quality. | read our full review

My Home Bakery
59 Hyndland Street, West End, G11 5PS
Sat in a small corner unit on Hyndland Street, My Home Bakery produces a mouthwatering selection of soups, sandwiches, pastries, cakes, and breads.
read our review of My Home Bakery

Riverhill Coffee Bar
24 Gordon Street, City Centre, G1 3PU
A contemporary bar with a bare-brick interior and a smattering of seating, serving up delicious snacks, cakes and coffee. | read our review of Riverhill Coffee Bar

Smile Café
102 Queen Margaret Drive, West End, G20 8NZ
Authentic Italian savouries and cakes in a teensy neighbourhood joint close to the Botanics. | read our review of Smile Café

Best arts cafés in Glasgow

Art Lover’s Café
House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Southside, G41 5BW
An elegant café for impressive lunching in a Mackintosh-designed visitor and events attraction in Bellahouston Park. | read our review of Art Lover’s Café

The Balcony Café
Upstairs @ The Glasgow Climbing Centre, 534 Paisley Road West, Southside, G51 1RN
A modest, hardworking kitchen serving classy food that would put many a New York Deli to shame. | read our review of The Balcony Café

Saramago Café Bar
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, City Centre, G2 3JD
A cool, creative hang-out inside the CCA, with exciting animal-free dining, plus separate bar and outdoor terrace. | read our review of Saramago Café Bar

The Vic Café Bar
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, City Centre, G3 6PE
The Vic Café Bar is a hubbub of creative activity that specialises in reinventing classic comforting dishes. | read our review of The Vic Café Bar

Eating & Drinking Guide 2015/16

Eating & Drinking Guide 2016/17

23rd Edition published April 2016. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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