It’s increasingly clear that Glasgow is among the UK’s coolest cities, offering buzzing musical talent such as CHVRCHES and Hudson Mohawk as well as cutting-edge galleries including Celine and Transmission. But where in the city can you find stunningly good grub?
To discover the real heart of a city you need to chat to the locals, the people who know Glasgow best. We spoke to the guys who work and play in the city, found out where they like to grab a bite and compiled this hand list especially for you. Eat now. Thank us later.
1.111 by Nico
Set off the beaten track in residential Kelvindale, 111 by Nico is a true gem. You’ll be equally wowed by the delicious, creative dishes on offer here as you will by the incredibly reasonable bill. The outstanding food often looks more like a work of art than something to eat, and you can feast on a wonderful three-course meal without burning a hole in your pocket.
Founded by chef Nico Simeone, the restaurant aims to be a training academy of sorts for young people who have had “a poor start in life”. More? This light, airy restaurant offers hands down the finest creme brulee you will ever eat.
2.Cafe Strange Brew
Looking to get out of the city centre and explore? Head to Glasgow’s Southside where, and every hipster's favourite streets, you'll find Cafe Strange Brew.
This award-winning, easy-going café specialises in damn fine brunches and inventive dishes such as creme brulee French toast and banh mi pork benedict. Cafe Strange Brew has proved so popular among Glaswegians that the owners had to move to larger premises because they couldn’t keep up with local demand. Oh, and by all means, bring your pooch – this café is proudly doggie-friendly. Bow wow.
If brunch is your jam, so to speak, then make a beeline straight to Singl-end community café and bakehouse.
This lush breakfast spot is a firm favourite with locals – so much so that if you hope to get a table at the weekend it is essential to book in advance. And once you take a peek at the menu, you’ll see why. It’s teeming with creative and delicious dishes (we love the baked eggs) and caters to all kinds of dietary requirements. There’s even a special section for kiddos.
This is such a hidden gem that most Glaswegians don’t even know about it. Yet visit once and you’ll be raving about it forever.
Located in the basement of a traditional West End town house, Costanzo's serves up traditional Caprese cuisine, and hums with Glasgow warmth and Italian charm. Feast on yummy pastas here, and treat yourself to one of the best desserts in Glasgow – Costanzo’s homemade apple pie with salted caramel sauce.
If you want to grab one of the best coffees in Glasgow then look no further than the oasis that is Papercup. This local coffee company roasts all its own beans on site, and there’s nothing their staff can’t tell you about the beans.
You’ll also find excellent food and tempting cakes in abundance here but, honestly, it's the exceptional coffee which keeps java-lovers coming back for more.