Cafés in Glasgow: things to know before you go
Glasgow is a city full of old-school tearooms and trendy hipster coffee houses. Whatever questions you have about cafés in Glasgow, grab a brew and read our answers.
Where are the best cafés in Glasgow?
Here’s a round-up of some of the best cafés and coffee shops in Glasgow to get your fill:
- Ble Coffee Stories – serves up humble brews and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy their signature coffee in this wee charming café in the heart of the city centre.
- Vanilla Black – order one of the finest and most luxurious afternoon teas Glasgow has to offer before watching a show at the theatre royal. Fancy!
Where are the best cafés in Glasgow city centre?
Whether you need a regular coffee haunt to run into on your way to work, or a charming pit stop en route to a Buchanan Galleries shopping spree at the weekend, here’s our best picks of nice cafés in Glasgow city centre based on customer reviews:
- The Garden Inn – overlooking the River Clyde, the Garden Inn at the Hilton Hotel serves up a sumptuous feast, enjoy their terrace in the summer for amazing views of our fair city.
- Dimora – one for the coffee snobs. Although one of Glasgow’s best pizzerias, Italy is renowned for making the best coffee in the land, so enjoy!
- Ingram Wynd – the perfect choice for a leisurely afternoon tea. Indulge in a stack of sandwiches, cake and of course, wash it all down with some bubbles. And for the ultimate sweet fix, here are five of the best spots for afternoon tea, handpicked by us.
Where can I find the best breakfast and brunch in Glasgow?
There’s no end to the nice cafés in Glasgow, and with breakfast the most important meal of the day – you’d be a fool to miss out on these top morning spots in the city.
- Best for a hearty breakfast – Bella Italia serves up a mean feast when it comes to breakfast, choose from delicious stacks of fluffy pancakes to frittatas and crispy bacon cooked to perfection.
- Best for indulging – there’s only one place to head for an indulgent start to the day and that’s Esca on Chisholm Street. Not only is this jaunt one of the best steak houses in the city, it also whips up a scrumptious brunch.
- Best for everything – Bistro75, in Kirkintilloch, cooks up a storm when it comes to serving a stunning brekky outside of the city centre. Expect everything from a full Scottish breakfast to granola and breakfast rolls.
Where is the oldest café in Glasgow?
Home to some of Glasgow’s oldest and best cafes, pubs and restaurants, La Lanterna is officially Glasgow’s oldest Italian restaurant. It’s also the city’s oldest café, having been serving up espressos since it opened on Hope Street in 1970.
But no one place can cater for everyone – and with quality cafés adorning every corner from the West End to South Side and beyond. Get out there and explore – you might love somewhere like The Ferry, a boat that has been moored in the city since 1989 and restored to its former glory. Here you can enjoy everything from a coffee with the girls, to fun-filled music tribute nights – all overlooking the River Clyde, which shimmers magically in the reflected spotlights of the city centre.