Where the Monkey Sleeps
High ceilings and big windows with bright images decorating grey brown walls, this cafe is spacious and contemporary.
The second venue from Where The Monkey Sleeps, with high ceilings, large windows, and mottled walls, creates a vibe that is somewhere between digital startup and artist’s loft. Books are splayed across a trestle table for customers to borrow, and walls are decorated with original paintings from artists at Glasgow City Mission – who the cafe donates food and funds to on a regular basis. The Monkey offers plus-size paninis, bagels, and salads, and while meat is celebrated, they please vegetarians, too – the Woman from Iran is a lighter panini than its male counterpart, replacing roast chicken with chargrilled aubergine, alongside courgettes, peppers, smoked cheese and fiery fresh chillis. The Serious Operation bagel stacks crisp smoky bacon between chicken, a poached egg and caesar-dressed salad. A meal here is an act of indulgence and, with cakes like honeycomb caramel shortcake, there's no point kidding yourself: Go big or go home.
- High point: Bright and spacious
- Low point: Not good for a diet
- Notable dish: Woman From Iran vegetarian panini
- Private dining: Does not encourage bookings!
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Popular rock
- Capacity: 42
- Open since: July 2015