Bringing together veganism and vinyls, this trendy café bar and venue is a firm favourite among locals. Start with the artichoke fritters and follow with the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese – you won’t regret it. Feeling adventurous? Opt for the Pizza Crunch: vodka and beer battered pizza with chips and mushy peas. You couldn’t find a more typical Glasgow meal if you tried. Once you’re suitably stuffed, wander over to Monorail Music to browse its collection of records. Check the website before visiting; Mono often hosts gigs, exhibitions, book readings and workshops in the restaurant.

Paesano Pizza

Ask any Glaswegian where the city’s best pizza is and you’re guaranteed to be directed to the pocket-friendly Paesano. Pizzas mean serious stuff here; the team settles for nothing but the finest, freshest ingredients. Dough is proofed for over 48 hours before being cooked in artisanal wood fired ovens imported from Naples. Pizza toppings change seasonally.

Papercup Coffee

Located in Glasgow’s West End, Papercup Coffee has one aim: to provide amazing coffee and food. Beans are roasted at its own roastery down the road where you can watch the process in action – with a coffee and a slice of cake, of course. Alternatively, head to the café for ethically sourced organic food and delicious brew.

Rishi’s Indian Aroma

If big portions and value for money are your goal, head straight to Rishi’s. This authentic Indian restaurant is best known for its Dosa – Indian pancakes made from fermented batter of rice and lentils. Rishi’s offers some 20 different varieties of Dosa, each of which are made so big that they take up half of the table (and so delicious that there won’t be a scrap left afterwards).

Falafel To Go

For simplicity and style, Falafel To Go is your best bet. This tiny hole-in-the-wall eatery serves falafel and falafel wraps for just £2.50 a pop. Small wonder it’s popular. Lunchtime queues stretch all the way down Sauciehall Street, but even the last person in line will tell you it’s worth the wait.

  • 116 Sauchiehall Street
    G2 3DH

Kimchi Cult

Scotland’s first Korean fast food restaurant, Kimchi Cult is a must-visit. Located in the West End, this street food restaurant is famous for its bibimbaps: Korean rice bowls topped with seasoned vegetables, egg, hot sauce and, of course, kimchi. However, bao buns are the cult classic here; try fillings such as slow roasted pork shoulder, bulgogi brisket with kimchi or prawn in panko breadcrumbs. Delicious and affordable, it’s a top pick amongst locals.

The Hug and Pint

As its name suggests, this restaurant aims to provide “The Friendliest Atmosphere in Scotland”, and on that front it certainly delivers. The Hug and Pint has won numerous awards for its Asian-inspired menu, which uses only locally sourced, vegan ingredients. Once you’ve eaten, head into the back room for live music and vegan-friendly craft beer, wine and spirits. Check the online calendar when planning your visit; it regularly hosts both established and up-and-coming local artists.

The 78

Settle down among mismatched vintage armchairs and a roaring open fire at this cosy bar and restaurant in Finnieston. The perfect place for a meat-free meal, The 78 is one of Glasgow’s top vegan restaurants. Enjoy its seitan brioche burger with crispy mock bacon and burger sauce (it tastes as incredible as it sounds) and a choice of on-tap beer. If you’re there on a Friday and Saturday, the bar stays open until 1am, so dance the night away to DJ beats or relax with some live jazz on a Sunday.


This restaurant’s reputation is almost as impressive as its menu. Alchemilla’s daily changing menu offers simple Mediterranean sharing plates. Fish dishes could include sea bass carpaccio with orange and chilli while meat options vary from salted onglet to lamb leg served with aubergine and yoghurt sauce. Whatever you opt for, pair your meal with a bottle of sustainably sourced, natural wine. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Phillies of Shawlands

Whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch, a bar or a live music night, Phillies is the place to go. If you’re there for breakfast, try its classic crispy eggs served on a muffin with potato rostis, but for lunch the stone-baked sourdough pizzas are a must (available with a delicious gluten-free base). Come weekend, head here for live music, DJs and the record shop; stay for the best pub quiz in the city.

Argyle Street Arches

Originally an incredibly popular bar, music venue, theatre and nightclub, The Arches shut down in 2015. Now, the iconic venue has returned as a weekly street food market. With an ever-changing line-up of independent traders, Platform at Argyle Street Arches is open every weekend from 12pm to 12am. Explore the many stalls and stands to the sound of DJs pumping out tunes across the venue.

Glad Cafe

This bohemian-style café offers food and drink throughout the day. Go in the morning for coffee and cakes from Big Bear Bakery, or gluten free options from Wild Flours Bakery. It has recently introduced a cooked vegetarian brunch menu, serving until 4pm. In the evening, come for an evening vegan menu and craft beers, and watch live music from local musicians and internationally acclaimed acts.

Tchai-Ovna House of Tea

This speciality teahouse aims to represent worldwide tea culture with over 80 varieties of cuppa. Sip to your heart’s content while working your way through the café’s vegetarian and shisha menus. As evening draws in, live music and poetry readings fill the space.


One of Glasgow’s most talked about cafés, Singl-end serves the best brunch in the city. Try the Altamura French toast with poached fruit and mascarpone cream, or the pea & broad bean open sandwich with mint, grilled asparagus and salted almonds. Pair with the ‘Cure Yer Heid’ smoothie of strawberries, raspberries banana and ginger – perfect for a hangover. Don’t leave without taking some speciality bread home with you – we’ve got our eye on the gluten-free Nut and Olive Loaf.

Julie’s Kopitiam

Serving Malaysian street food, this small kopitiam has taken Glasgow’s South Side by storm. Queues often extend down the street with hungry customers desperate to try Julie’s family recipes. Once you’ve bagged a table, watch as your meal is prepared in the open kitchen, before sampling dishes ranging from traditional spicy sambals to vibrant nasi goreng.

  • 0141 237 9560
  • 1109 Pollokshaws Road
    G41 3YG

Mother India

Hailed as the city that brought the world chicken tikka masala, Glasgow is renowned for its delicious curry houses. Located on the corner of Sauchiehall Street, Mother India does not disappoint. Traditional Indian curries are presented with Scottish twists, including oven-baked spiced haddock and monkfish pan-fried with ginger and garam masala. Head to the main restaurant for dinner or stop by Mother India Café for a tapas-style lunch.

Babbity Bowster

Built in 1790, this popular restaurant and beer garden was originally a tobacco merchant’s townhouse. Today, have a drink at the open-plan bar before heading upstairs to Schottische Restaurant, where traditional Scottish recipes such as cullen skink and haggis, neeps and tatties are served. Come on Saturdays to soak up the jolly atmosphere as local musicians perform traditional Celtic folk music.

Tantrum Doughnuts

Those with a sweet-tooth should head straight to Tantrum Donuts for freshly baked gourmet treats. Pastry chefs use local free-range eggs and premium french butter to create these delicious glazed rings of brioche dough. Expect flavours such as creme brûlée as well as pistachio and hibiscus, for just £1.70 per ring.

The Ubiquitous Chip

Since opening in 1971, The Chip – as locals call it – has been regularly named as one of the city’s best food venues. Hoping to broaden Glasgow’s restaurant scene beyond the “ubiquitous chip”, the restaurant and brasserie champions regional dishes using Scottish produce and ingredients. Eat beneath wrought-iron beams and hanging plants in the Victorian conservatory, before heading to roof terrace bar for cocktails overlooking the city.


Head to Finnieston for this cult haunt where burgers mean serious business. Choose from the Lebowski (mince rump steak), the Big Lebowski (the original, but bigger), the Macbowski (chargrilled chicken) and more before taking a look at the vast drinks menu. Famed for its White Russians, Lebowskis served 30 variations on the classic cocktail that’ll have you calling your pals ‘dude’ all night.

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