Recently voted ‘Best Neighbourhood in UK & Ireland’ by the Academy of Urbanism, the ultimate hipster hang-out known as Glasgow’s West End, with its ornate sandstone tenements and cobbled streets is a must-visit while you're in the city.
From stunning Neo-Gothic university buildings, leafy parks and gardens, artisan eateries, specialist delis, bustling bars and a wealth of vintage shops, there’s plenty to do - check out our fans' suggestions below for the best of the West End.
Situated right next to the River Kelvin, the Botanic Gardens provide a welcome break from the bustling city outwith the park. A tranquil blend of formal gardens and woodland walks, there's also the beautiful Kibble Palace glasshouse to have a stroll in.
Kelvingrove Park is a classic Victorian parkset on the banks of the River Kelvin that houses the renowned Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the Kelvingrove bandstand, five bowling greens, four synthetic tennis courts, three children's play areas, outstanding riverside walks and a Skateboard park.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one that almost needs no introduction as one of the perennial favourite attractions of Glasgow's West End. Housing one of Europe's great art collections amongst many other great exhibitions, it's one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London.
The University of Glasgow has an amazing history - it's the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world and is often ranked as one of the top universities in the world. With a huge list of famous alumni that have contributed to the university's astounding output, it's well worth a stroll through this historic and important institution of Glasgow. As it's where you'll also find the stunning Cloisters, impressive archways that have featured in several films and are often mistaken for Hogwarts School of Magic!
The Mackintosh House replicates the interiors of 6 Florentine Terrace, the Glasgow home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh from 1906 to 1914. Free tours run every 30 minutes.
Home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums, The Hunterian founded in 1807 is one of the leading university museums in the world and its collections have been Recognised as a Collection of National Significance.
Also known as the Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross is the only church designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to have been built. After it was decommisioned as a church in the 1970s, the church became home of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, regularly hosting art events and exhibitions.
George Mewes specialise in unusual cheeses that can’t be found on the supermarket shelf. They stock a variety of award wining cheeses from the British Isles, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
Before opening his first shop, partner and founder Iain Mellis had worked in the British cheese industry for almost 15 years. For some time he had felt that there was a lack of opportunity to buy high quality farmhouse cheese, both in the retail and wholesale sector. After much investigation and consultation in the UK and Europe, Iain decided upon a retail philosophy. He wanted a traditional, old fashioned sense of service and style whilst using modern technology to maintain and enhance the unique characteristics of artisan cheese.
Established since 1986, Starry Starry Night is a small vintage boutique located in Dowanside Lane. Known as one of the best vintage shops in Glasgow, inside you'll find an experienced team to help you sift through their extensive range of clothing to find that special item.
Òran Mór's groundbreaking lunchtime theatre programme, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, began in 2004 and now commissions around 37 new plays every year across every genre. Highlighting the work of some of the UK's most well known writers as well as new and exciting theatrical voices, it's a must-do in the West End.
Ashton Lane is a charming cobbled lane full of character, popular throughout the day and also as a late night stop, with a great choice of bars and restaurants. Film lovers should also check out its famous picture house, The Grosvenor Cinema, which boasts big comfy seats and fabulous surroundings for its guests.
The Ubiquitous Chip has been serving the very best of Scottish cuisine for over 40 years and is truly a Glasgow icon. The courtyard dining room is said to be one of the most magical spaces in the city.
The Hanoi Bike shop serves fresh, vibrant Vietnamese street food with a menu designed for sharing in a relaxed and friendly setting that features Bicycles hanging from the ceiling and paper lanterns!
Cail Bruich presents modern Scottish cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques. Seasonal produce and the best ingredients are used from Scotland’s outstanding natural larder.
Crolla's offer an amazing selection of Ice Creams and with over 60 flavours of ice cream to choose from availaible as a traditional ice cream cones, indulgent sundaes or their unique "Cold-Stone Creation" it's a haven for all sweet-toothed customers.
Enjoy a sweet treat in one of Scotland's most famous cafes, Nardini's offers a wide selection of ice creams and desserts for ice cream lovers alike!
Hillhead Book Club is a quirky bar/restaurant in the heart of Glasgow’s West End with a fun and relaxed atmosphere and vintage feel. The bar also has ping pong tables and retro video games – not to mention a great range of cocktails.
Situated in an old stable, Tchai-Ovna is a speciality tea-house and intimate music venue that serves over 100 different kinds of tea along with a menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Hidden down a cobbled lane off Gibson Street, Tchai Ovna provides a relaxed, peaceful environment to sit, read, play games or meditate.
The Ubiquitous Chip’s sister restaurant, Stravaigin mixes local flavours with world flavours to create truly unique dishes that are well recieved by locals and foodie lovers who return for the great atmosphere and thoroughly inventive menu.
Cottonrake Bakery serves fresh cakes and savouries plus fresh bread, renowned for their blend of British home baking and French patisserie.
Located in Glasgow’s west end, Demijohn is a ‘liquid deli’, selling a remarkable collection of predominantly British products such as liqueurs (including a spiced rum liqueur made just outside Glasgow and a UK ‘first’), whiskies, wines, spirits, olive oils and vinegars. Customers are encouraged to taste the products, which are stored in distinctive glass demijohns, before selecting their choice of re-usable glass bottle.
For those in the know, Valhalla's Goat in Glasgow's West End is a must-visit - it's a veritable treasure trove full of fine wine, beers, and hand made chocolates.
Since opening in 2004 Kember & Jones has become a favourite among locals. They offer their own range of artisan breads and a signature espresso blend, alongside a huge variety of branded products including pesto, tapenades, salad dressings, granola, muesli, biscotti and amaretti.