Food & Drink in Glasgow

Whether you want traditional Scottish fare or dishes from around the world, eating out in Glasgow offers something for everyone. And whether you’re counting the pennies or blowing the budget, our selection of cafes, restaurants and bars are just some of the great destinations available – and not a fried Mars bar in sight!



Start the day with a hearty breakfast from Café Gandolfi on Albion Street, which somehow manages to whip up eight different dishes using just eggs, as well as sweeter options such as pancakes and homebaked scones. Or if you’re heading to the shops, pop into The Hyndland Cafe on Princes Square for a mean Eggs Benedict or delicious pastry.


For low on cost, yet high on taste meal, try La Lanterna restaurant. This great little Italian offers a range of mix and match dishes – perfect for sharing with friends.

For a taste of the exotic, try Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, which serves up delicious Indian street food including dhal, wraps and rice salads, all cooked loyal to tradition. Having said that, there’re also some fun crossovers – spicy scrambled eggs, anyone?


With so many great restaurants in Glasgow it’s hard to choose the perfect destination. However, if you like classic American style food try Bread Meats Bread. Burgers, ribs, hotdogs and more can be enjoyed here and the lively atmosphere makes it great for celebrations.

Hillhead Bookclub is also an exquisite place for some nostalgic comfort food, like bangers and mash and its ‘calorie-free’ desserts (not)…all placed on eclectic crockery and set to a pleasing vinyl soundtrack.


You’ll find every kind of takeaway in Glasgow, but if you fancy something a bit different try takeout from the McCune Smith Café. Alternatively, opt for good old fashioned fish and chips from Old Salty’s, or head to the Little Cafe Pizzeria for some authentic pizza made from homemade dough, a wealth of toppings and freshly brewed espresso.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian options are just as plentiful, including popular cafe The 78, known for its unique coconut bean chilli. Simply grab a comfy sofa by the fire and peruse their vast menu…and don’t forget, they offer great student and weekday deals too.

For another vibrant space, try Mono, a record shop, performance space and vegan cafe. The place is a hub of bustling activity throughout the week and offers a different food deal every day.


Glasgow always offers a great night out, with plenty of bars and pubs both in the city centre and further out. You can find cocktails, wine bars, real ales and more – your only problem will be deciding which one becomes your regular haunt!


For fans of gin, head to Renfield Street where Gin 71 can provide you with more gin infusions than you can shake a stick at.. And Lebowski, as the name suggests, pays homage to its movie namesake by serving up a whole variety of White Russians.


For a good pint or snifter of whisky go to Horseshoe Bar, just round the corner from central station. Or try Brel Bar, which specializes in Belgian Beer as well as many local breweries.

Tea & Coffee

Artisan Roast is a trendy café with a laid back vibe offering great coffee and freshly prepared food. Or enjoy teas from around the world at the eccentric café Tchai-Ovna.

For a really special experience, try Coffee Chocolate And Tea. Selling hand-tempered chocolate alongside unique tea infusions and clean-roasted Arabica coffee, this is the perfect spot for those who like something sweet with their brew.