Brunch is no longer an occasional Sunday morning activity. The brunch revolution has arrived and is here to stay, in all neighbourhoods of the city. From full vegan breakfasts to seriously spicy bloody Marys to hot cakes served up with panna cotta and fruity sides - Glasgow's got it covered. So how do you like your eggs (or avocados!) in the morning? Check out our guide to just some of the top brunch-ing spots in each of Glasgow's neighbourhoods that are open and ready to welcome you back.
Wilson Street Pantry
Breakfast and brunch is served all day in this stylish little cafe that looks out on to the cobbled streets of the Merchant City. Offering a range of staples from the Scottish larder including Stornoway black pudding and free range eggs from Corrie Mains Farm, and coffee from their friends at Papercup. See the Wilson Street Pantry website for opening times.
Singl-end bakehouses in Garnethill and Merchant City, serve up everything from fruits and grains to full hearty Scottish dishes to eggs many ways, as well as a selection of cakes, pastries and breads galore, seven days a week. They also have a ‘for the bairns’ menu to keep the kids happy too! Check out Singl-end website for the full menu and to book a table. Walk-ins also welcome.
Cup Tea Rooms
Enjoy brunch in the stunning Victorian surroundings of Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield Street or in Cup Merchant City in the more intimate setting of Virginia Court. Serving up all the classic brunch favourites as well as their Morning Tea – a breakfast spin on afternoon tea with fresh juices, pastries and mini breakfast rolls served on a pretty cake stand. Head to the Cup Tea Rooms website to book.
The Glad Cafe
South of the river is the not-for-profit arts hub, The Glad Cafe, which has just reopened with a brand new, all-day brunch menu including the amazing Sweet Stack including pancakes, chocolate cremeux, macerated raspberries and pistachios! See the full menu on The Glad Cafe website. The cafe combines architecturally award-winning design with artsy laidback vibes and scrumptious food. Currently open Thurs– Sun from 10am for walk-ins only.
Cafe Strange Brew
In the heart of Shawlands is the multi-award winning cafe which continues its reign as one of Glasgow's best brunch spots, regularly topping TripAdvisor and featuring in the latest edition of Lonely Planet’s Glasgow Guide. Inventive baked eggs and hotcakes are served up day in and out in this hipster hangout. They are currently working with limited seating but takeaway is also available every day from 9am. Keep an eye on the Cafe Strange Brew Facebook page for updates.
Also featured in the latest Lonely Planet’s Glasgow Guide and just down the road from Cafe Strange Brew is Gnom. The chefs of the popular Chompsky food van opened the doors to their first permanent residence in 2018. With exposed bricks and Scandi-inspired style, the little brunch haunt is proving popular and no wonder with their signature bao buns of crispy pork belly or oyster mushrooms topped with a fried egg. Currently open for day-time walk-ins from Thurs – Sun. Book your table at Gnom now.
The Brunch Club
A new all-day breakfast venue on Old Dumbarton Road in the city’s west. Open daily from 9am – 3pm, select some tasty treats from their extensive menu which includes granola bowls, French toast, pancakes and waffles. Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast with veggie and vegan versions available too. Check the menu on their website and see what takes your fancy.
Look for the painted skyline of local landmarks on the front window to find Scran – a welcoming and dog friendly cafe, based on Alexandra Parade. This cosy brunching spot serves up fantastic “scran” that shows just why they keep getting nominated for foodie awards and is muted as having the best cup of coffee in town. Brunch available to sit in on Saturday and Sunday. Head to Instagram to see their mouth-watering daily specials.
Based in Dennistoun to the east of the city, head to Rawnchy for tasty breakfast and brunch dishes from the Big Rawnchy Breakfast to smoothie bowls, toasties and pancakes alongside speciality lattes such as lavender or rose. All products are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free. Breakfast is served all day Tues – Sun.
Head to Ocho which is set in the corner of a Georgian-style building on the banks of Speirs Wharf canal and feel like you are escaping it all, just five minutes from the city centre. Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes from their brand new autumn menu, including vegan and gluten-free options and a new £5 brunch menu available on set days throughout November. Head to their website or give them a call to book a table.
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Article last updated: November 2020