The vibrant city of Glasgow has plenty to offer, from delicious eateries to world renowned museums, it's definitely a city worth visiting. Although some of the places and events mentioned below may still be temporarily closed due to Government restrictions, they are an excellent place to start if you are planning a food inspired trip to Glasgow.
There’s so much to enjoy in Glasgow, from the incredible history, to the gorgeous art nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. When you’ve spent the days enjoying the rich culture of the city, and all of those amazing museums, you’ll be looking for a bite to eat. Happily, Glasgow is full of a great many excellent restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines from the traditional to the exotic. In this post, we’ll pick out a few of our favourite restaurants in Glasgow city centre.
Fanny Trollope’s Bistro
One of the best indications that a restaurant is worth heading to is that the locals go there, and the locals of Glasgow’s Finnieston often make a beeline for Fanny Trollope’s when they fancy a meal out. This charming, intimate venue serves up seasonal Scottish produce and specialises in locally sourced seafood and meats. The menus are compact, but full of options, and the catch of the day dish often serves up a real treat. It’s worth booking in advance of your trip (it really is a popular spot) or you can risk it if you’re feeling brave. The wine list is also a real treat, so be sure you don’t miss out.
In Byres Road, you’ll discover one of the best places to eat in Glasgow at Number 16. If the first bite is truly with the eye, then you’ll be in for a real treat in this cosy neighbourhood restaurant as the presentation is almost beyond comparison. Not only that, but the menu offers an array of delicious plates of modern Scottish fare. The restaurant can do wonderful things with venison and pork belly, so try those if they’re on the menu at the time. Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment, and be sure to save room for one of their refreshing and delightful desserts as well.
Chaakoo Bombay Cafe
In the 19th century, Iranian immigrants to India opened cafes, known as Irani cafes, that remain popular in Mumbai to this day. Chaakoo brings the Persian and Indian flavours of these cafes to Glasgow and serves these dishes in beautiful, exotic setting. Try something that you wouldn’t find in your average Indian restaurant, such as the Chicken Lababdar, or the sensational Spiced Lamb Chops. Located in Vincent Street, this restaurant is just a stone’s throw from the Gallery of Modern Art, so why not treat your tastebuds after a few hours treating your eyes?
On the face of it, Bella Vita may look like any other Italian restaurant, but this really is a little slice of Napoli in Mosspark. The locals will tell you how much they love this excellently priced restaurant, and the unique, familiar and enjoyable ambiance that blends Neapolitan and Glaswegian culture so charmingly. You may not find the unusual or astounding here, but this is where you come to enjoy a delicious pizza with friends, and experience a wonderful slice of Glasgow, with an olive on top.
They say that the food served at Cail Bruich is ‘The ultimate Scottish cuisine’ and they’re not wrong. This incredible dining experience has enjoyed exceptional accolades and reviews since it opened in 2006, and all these years later, it’s still providing exquisite food which is both innovative and, at its heart, traditional. Paired with a truly excellent wine list, the seasonal menu is a particular delight and will have you wanting to plan more visits throughout the year. There’s also a tasting menu that can take you through a sensational selection of Scottish food at its very finest. Book well in advance, as this place is always popular.
From old traditional pubs to new, modern boozers, Glasgow is packed with some of the best bars, pubs and clubs so if you like drinking and having a good time, then you’re in for a treat. However, it’s important to find the right place for you in order to have the best experience and with many to choose from, it can become very tricky. That’s why we’re here to help! We have picked out a few of the most popular bars, clubs and pubs in Glasgow to help you decide.
The Pot Still
If you’re in Glasgow and happen to like Whiskey, then this place is a must. Located on Hope Street, The Pot Still is a local favourite due to its warm, friendly atmosphere. The small pub is full of character and is known for its great selection of spirits and beers. Choose between hundreds of Whiskeys on offer, which vary in strength, style and maturity. All the staff who work here are both extremely friendly and highly knowledgeable meaning they are always happy to provide you with information or answer any questions that their customers may have.
Located on Renfield Lane, Stereo is different to any other bar or pub that you would have been to. It passes as a café-bar and serves top quality food, especially for vegans and vegetarians, but there is more to it than what is expected. The basement is used as a club and gig venue where regular live bands and DJs perform so if you want some high-quality entertainment whilst you enjoy a drink, then this is the place for you. Stereo has a quirky atmosphere along with well-trained, attentive staff who provide a great service to all customers.
The Horseshoe Bar
This Victorian city pub oozes with character and has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Due to The Horseshoe Bar being a genuine survivor from the Victorian period, it’s a great place to visit if you’re into old, traditional pubs. However, the island bar, quirky horse-related ornaments and flat-screen televisions are the top attractions of this old-school pub, making it unique and full of personality. Good food is a must and with incredibly affordable prices, you can’t miss out!
The Flying Duck
The Flying Duck was originally known to be a nightclub and gig venue, opening in the evenings as a place to go for a night out. However, over the years, its opening hours have increased and it is now a modern style café-bar which is available to eat and drink at throughout the day too. After walking down the stairs and along the corridor into the bar, it will feel like you’ve entered a hidden world. The big space inside consists of vintage furniture as well as a kitchen styled bar which is complete with old units. The Flying Duck serves high quality drink and food as well as having a fun quirky atmosphere.
Known as Scotland’s most famous electronic music venue, Sub Club is a place you must go to if you’re looking for a great night out. No matter what kind of music you’re into, there’s something for everyone; house, techno, electro, disco, bass music is regularly played here. The low ceilings and general size of the room keeps it intimate but attracts the very best for DJs from around the world.
Whether you’re into traditional pubs or lively night clubs, you’re sure to find a place that you will love in Glasgow. These are just a few recommendations from us but there are many other places to visit and things to do in Glasgow so see what else you can find. If you’re staying with us at our Glasgow hotel, don’t hesitate to ask reception for some more advice about the best pubs, bars and clubs in Glasgow. Read more on Glasgow's best music venues.
Glasgow is full of things to do and places to go, meaning your days will be packed with excitement. But sometimes it’s nice to sit down and relax and what better place is there to go for this than a nice, cosy tea room? If you’re looking for somewhere that will serve up delectable cup-cakes and scones and possibly a cheeky glass of fizz, then you’re in for a treat as Glasgow has more than a few! We have narrowed the list down to the top 5 places to go for afternoon tea in Glasgow to help you decide so read along now.
The Hidden Lane Tearoom
If you’re a vintage lover, then this will be your new favourite place. As stated in the name, this tea room isn’t entirely easy to spot but once you’re there, you’ll realise why it’s described as Glasgow’s ‘hidden gem’. Bring your own bottle of bubbly and sip on it as you enjoy some afternoon tea which will be beautifully served on a platter with finger sandwiches, cakes and other treats. The pastels, floral fabrics and mismatched China is what gives the cosy conservatory its unique character and homely feel. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed from the second you walk in, making it the perfect place to visit for a pleasant and chilled-out afternoon.
The Team Rooms @ The Butterfly & The Pig
When visiting the Tea Rooms at The Butterfly & The Pig, you’re sure to have a nostalgic, friendly and warm experience. This is a great place to go for a catch up with friends whilst enjoying some generous portions of delicious food. You will be surrounded by cake cabinets full of sweet, tasty treats and stunning china mounted on the wall as you enter. Stay refreshed with their special infusions and top quality teas and coffees, or treat yourself to a glass or two of bubbly.
Being the place to go for shopping, eating out and great nightlife, Glasgow has something for everyone. Whilst being accessible, multicultural and affordable, it is a great city for people of all different backgrounds and cultures to visit and explore. No matter what you’re into, you’re sure to have a great time in one of the most famous and biggest city in Scotland.
Glasgow Life-Top attractions:
If you’re someone who likes visiting museums and is into art, then the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be just the place for you to visit. Being among the top three free visitor attractions in Scotland and one of the most frequently visited museum in the UK outside of London, it’s safe to say that it’s a popular place to go.
Visit the Riverside Museum, home to some of the world’s finest bicycles, cars, trams, ship models and locomotives. This museum includes interactive displays and is well-known for having a popular Glasgow street scene inside it where objects and stories are magically brought to life.
Escape Glasgow is Glasgow’s first live escape game whereby in a team, you must solve a number of different puzzles, brain teasers and riddles to work out clues and answers. Having only 60 minutes to escape, time is of the essence. Escape Glasgow is a great thing to do with friends and family as it involves team work skills as well as being fun and exciting. There is also a variety of landmarks and famous buildings to visit such as the Glasgow Cathedral, George Square and Clyde Arc Bridge.
Glasgow is any shopaholics heaven. With shopping centres spread across the city, you’ll be able to spend the day in all of your favourite shops without a care in the world.
Glasgow Fort is a large ‘out of town’ shopping and leisure park which has over 100 popular high street retailers. Be sure to explore the range of shops and restaurants here as well as checking out the latest news and special offers. If you’re interested in shopping for other types of things such as art, paintings etc, Glasgow has a range of different galleries and other shopping centres to visit.
Concerts & Shows
If you’re someone who enjoys going to concerts or watching musicals and shows at the theatre, then you will love Glasgow. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a popular venue which always has an electric atmosphere along with superb performances. The Pavilion Theatre is also a great place to go to receive top quality entertainment. Check out the latest concerts and shows available to see in Glasgow and book up now to get the best seats in the house.
As Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest city, these are just a few of the many things to do and places to visit. If you’re staying with us at Point A Hotels, then you can ask reception about what else there is to do in order to find out more about this wonderful city.
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