When it comes to coffee, Glasgow means business – but that’s OK, because so do I. I’m not much of a drinker, so catching up with friends over a cup of something hot and delicious happens pretty regularly. Coffee shops are also one of my favourite places to crack through my to-do list, flesh out ideas and get a lot of writing done (has there ever been a more perfect combo than coffee and wifi?). Luckily, with so many independent cafes, chains and artisan coffee roasters, you’re never too far away from the perfect place to spend a few hours of your afternoon, whatever your plans might be!
Today, I’m sharing a few of my favourite haunts where I love to get my caffeine kick in style. Here (in no particular order) are my top 5 Glasgow coffee shops:
1. Spitfire Espresso, Merchant City
WIth its vibrant coloured cups, freshly-baked pastries and retro doo-wop music on repeat, Spitfire Espresso have made their way into my heart – one Elvis song at a time! This sunny, cheerful speciality coffee bar and cafe sits right on the corner of Ingram Street and Candleriggs, making it the perfect place to pop by during the Merchant City Festival (or any other time of year!). Spitfire Espresso source their coffee from micro roasters in Glasgow (and beyond), and are the friendliest bunch of baristas this side of the Clyde.
2. Cafe Strange Brew, Shawlands
On the bustling Pollokshaws Road, you’ll find Cafe Strange Brew keeping Shawlands strange, tucked amongst the other shops and bars in the area. This cafe only opened late last year, but it’s become a firm favourite thanks to their excellent food, amazing service and of course, fresh cups of Dear Green coffee. And after holding my recent Galentine’s Day get-together there, I’ve managed to convert a few friends too! I’ll be giving them my vote as Best Newcomer in the Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards for sure.
3. Papercup Coffee Company, West End
Located on one of Glasgow’s most famous streets AND in an ex-vintage clothing store? Papercup Coffee Company on Great Western Road were already pretty much as cool as it gets but, when you add some seriously tasty self-brewed coffee, it makes it easy to see why it’s sometimes hard to find a seat in this popular cafe. Papercup Coffee Company have all your coffee needs covered by serving cups of the hot stuff, selling bags to take home and brew yourself and hosting their own masterclasses for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade.
4. The Glad Cafe, Shawlands
A hop, skip and a jump from Cafe Strange Brew, you’ll find The Glad Cafe – a place that I have visited more times than I can keep count of and one that I will always keep returning to for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, celebrations…the list goes on! More often than not though, you’ll find me in here with a huge cup of coffee and a slice of cake. The Glad Cafe has become something of a Shawlands institution thanks to its efforts to support local businesses, and a lively programme of events to showcase creative talent. Their laid-back atmosphere and great coffee menu makes this place a Southside must-visit.
5. Riverhill Coffee Bar, City Centre
Although Riverhill Coffee Bar is one of my preferred ‘grab and go’ coffee shops, there’s still a few spaces to sit in and people-watch if you have more time to play with. You can find this little gem on Gordon Street, close to Central Station. Their coffee and RIDICULOUSLY delicious sandwiches make this an ideal stop if you’re on your way to catch a train and want something yummy to set you up for your journey.
It’s safe to say that coffee lovers are well and truly spoiled in our city, don’t you think? These Glasgow coffee shops are just a few of my most-visited, and if you’re ever after somewhere to spend a few caffeine-fuelled hours, pop these guys to the top of your list!
Where are your favourite places to grab a coffee in the city?
With love and an extra shot,