Glasgow Southside Coffee Shops You Must Visit

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According to the little note in my planner, today is National Coffee Day – and yeah, I know, EVERY DAY IS COFFEE DAY around here! But I’m never one to turn away a bit of novelty, or an excuse to get in the spirit of things, so I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to share some more fabulous local cafes with you guys!

If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you may remember this guide to my favourite places to grab a cup of the hot, dark stuff that I posted a while back. Since that post, there have been some new arrivals – and a couple in particular that I would love to talk about today.

So, in honour of National Coffee Day, here are two Glasgow Southside coffee shops to add to your must-visit list…

It All Started Here  |  75 Deanston Drive 

This speciality coffee shop opened in May this year, after previously popping up at different events, cafes and markets around town and getting tongues a-wagging. Their secret opening (or at least, I think it started as a secret…) was so popular that in just a few short months, It All Started Here has become a firm favourite with locals.

With an ever-changing line up of awesome guest roasts, home baking and light bites, there’s a lot to love about this cosy cafe. It’s only open on the weekends, but trust me when I say it’s worth waiting for all week!

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Southside Roasters  |  742 Pollokshaws Road 

Want to know how to catch my attention? Writing COFFEE in huge letters above your shop oughta do the trick! I couldn’t help but get excited about this place as I watched Southside Roasters get ready to open back in March. At the time, I didn’t know much, but I knew it involved coffee so I was already on board!

Along with some damn fine (and damn Instagrammable!) coffee, you’ll also find chocolate, sweet treats and a brunch-y type menu. This sunny, stylish coffee shop is just round the corner from Pot Luck, so you could hit up both in one day pretty easily and have a helluva time while doing so.

Having more Glasgow Southside coffee spots to choose from makes me very happy indeed – the more the merrier, I say! It All Started Here and Southside Roasters are two of my current favourites – any others I should add to my list?


Where to Have Brunch in Glasgow: My Top Picks

This is a post that’s been a long time coming. I mean, if you happen to catch my Instagram Stories on a weekend (and let’s be honest – the odd weekday here and there…), you’re more than likely to catch me brunching – yes, it’s probably a cliche, and I’m totally OK with that. Brunch in Glasgow is serious business after all.

I think I first declared my love of the humble brunch here and, over the last few months, I’ve been getting more and more requests to share my favourite brunch spots across the city. Rather than split them up into separate posts, I thought I would share my top picks of where to have brunch in Glasgow in one handy round up!

These places all offer something unique, over and above your usual run-of-the-mill eggs and bacon. You’ll soon see why they are my favourites!

Grab a fork and let’s dig in…

Cafe Strange Brew, 1109 Pollokshaws Road

Keeping Shawlands strange since 2015, Glasgow indie cafes don’t come much cooler than our Strange Brew. Not only have these guys recently moved into a bigger space (because, damn, the demand for avo-on-toast in the Southside is STRONG!) but they’ve also given their menu a little bit of a makeover with more of their awesome twists on the traditional bunch fare! My tip? Order the pancakes with apricot, lavender honey, mascarpone and blueberries. Or basically any of their magical one-off weekend specials. Hashtag YASS.

Crossing The Rubicon, 372 Great Western Road

Some of you might remember that I talked about Crossing The Rubicon fairly recently BUT, as well as their excellent vegetarian curries, the restaurant also offers a pretty fantastic brunch menu. What sets them apart is that they still bring their experimental, East-meets-West (end!) style to their brunches and you can expect Besan toast and a fully loaded breakfast naan to name just a couple of dishes. My favourite is the sweet potato hash & eggs – served in a skillet and pure comfort food at its best.

Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse, 265 Renfrew Street 

One of the (many, many) things that keeps me coming back to Singl-end is that, not only do they serve brunch, cake and kick-ass playlists all under one roof, but they are also a bakery. Which means the smell of fresh artisan bread is constantly wafting in the air (if that smell was a perfume, I’m not ashamed to say I would probably wear it…). Which means you get to eat still-warm, fluffy slices with your brunch (ooh, heaven is a place on earth!) and who could say no to that?! I just love Singl-end’s take on Eggs Benedict – their cashew and tarragon ‘hollandaise’ is the bomb. Get it with an egg-stra (sorry!) slice of bread for dipping and thank me later!

Bottomless Brunch at McPhabbs, 23 Sandyford Place 

You know what’s even better than one plate of brunch? How about multiple plates of brunch?! In just a few short months, the bottomless brunch extravaganzas at McPhabbs have become sell-out events for foodies all over Glasgow. Gary and I managed to book places for the most recent one, which took place last weekend. The menu is different each time, which keeps things super fun and interesting. Last weekend, we enjoyed an American diner-themed feast – peanut butter and jelly French Toast, anyone? Also, coffee aficionados may like to note that they serve Papercup coffee. Just sayin’…

Until they invent a meal between breakfast and brunch, it’s safe to say you’ll catch me grabbing brunch in Glasgow most weekends at any of these spots! But I want to hear from you too: where is your favourite brunching hangout? And, would YOU wear perfume that smelled like fresh baking?

#ButFirstCoffee – My Top 5 Glasgow Coffee Shops

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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,