Seb & Mili
Most modern urban people I once read "mark their lives by their moments in cafes and restaurants" or "fika" as the Swedish say, and though they sometimes may witness the end of our loves, they occasionally sometimes witness the hopeful beginnings too.
Maybe we choose our cafes almost as carefully as we choose our loves. Optimistically, innocently, and mostly always with the heart. I fell in love with Seb and Mili, Artisan Bakers, Est 2015, the moment I saw it nestling quietly in the sunshine, all Ceruleanblue doors and inviting as a warm home-made brioche, batting its rustic lashes on the Finnieston strip, Glasgow’s Little Paris and one of The Times top 20 Hippest Places to Live, with some of the best bespoke, independent cafes and bars in the Hood. And they just keep on coming.
Continuing the romantic trend of cafes (and hairdressers) lovingly named after family members ; Oscar & Felix (Sons), Alice Rocks (Mums), Seb & Mili (Sons & Daughters) doesn't disappoint.
Owners Esad and his partner Gosia, have created little piece of magic in Finnieston, which glows with modesty and intimate European charm. Esad, I discovered, is the embodiment of all of these qualities and more. A resident in Glasgow now for many years, he adores Glasgow, and radiates a warmth and passion for bread and hard work that left me feeling I could conquer the world. With a Seb & Mili artisan bun of course. His beautiful cafe aside, Esad also runs one of the largest fully operational Artisan bakeries in Scotland ( Seb & Mili ) across the River Clyde, supplying more than 90 of Glasgow’s top restaurants, cafes and bars with his beautiful artisan breads and rolls.
I found Seb & Mili by chance on a sparkling cold sunny day lured in by the smell of freshly made coffee, and the huge honey-coloured wall of rustic breads waving at me from the window. I can’t leave now without buying a beautiful big 3 bread marbled Zebra ( £2 ) in a crisp shirt-white paper bag.
Without fanfare or fuss, with a spiral staircase to rival the Guggenheim, Seb & Mili is warm and inviting and familiar as an endless childhood summer or the smell of freshly cut grass.
The coffee - Janszoon Blend from Artisan Roast - is wonderful and nicely priced too (cappuccino £2.20) as are the sandwiches, breakfasts, freshly baked breads (incl. sourdough and gluten free) home – made cakes, croissants, empire biscuits and rose and pistachio macarons. The caramelised onion and feta baby brioche is a heart breaker. And the daily specials board offers exotic treats such as Truffled mushroom risotto (£6) or Sweet potato carrot chilli and coconut soup and roll (£3) They also make their own pastrami.
The staff are charming and warm, but never too close, considering the tiny surrounds.
Designed by Paul Hughes, the tiny balcony makes your heart beat just a little faster ; Perch upstairs, in the warm baked air, looking out over the street, as people come and go like hummingbirds, far from the madding crowd, until you remember you have a life waiting Elsewhere somewhere out there too.
A cosy harbour from autumn to winter and a beautiful idyl in summer…Seb & Mili is simply Magnifique.
Seb & Mili
1122 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TD
Prices From £1.50 - £10
Images by citizenJerry