Food and Drink

Food & Drink

Glasgow’s eating and drinking scene is vibrant, with food and drink available to suit all tastes and pockets. Popular travel magazine, Wanderlust, recently highlighted the city’s “impressive gastronomic scene”.  These days it’s firmly part of the city’s unique culture: coffee and cake while shopping, lunch in or nearby a museum, drinks before a gig, dinner in one of our exciting, diverse neighbourhoods and districts.

The city’s food and drink is about experience and authenticity: keeping it real, serving it well. In Glasgow, that’s delivered by our greatest asset – our people.  We want to help you uncover the distinctive food and drink experiences which will enhance your stay.  After all, whether you're here for shopping, a concert, a conference, visiting family or an event, everyone has to eat.

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Modern Scottish

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If food and drink is the new rock n’ roll, then Glasgow’s well and truly rocking! The range of choice is breathtaking, with new restaurants popping up all the time.

Glasgow’s lucky – our chefs are able to source some of the best local produce in the world, including outstanding seafood and shellfish; unbeatable game and beef; Scottish fruit and vegetables and award-winning cheeses. Combine this with confident, creative restaurateurs, and you’ll understand why Glasgow’s culinary offering is imaginative and cosmopolitan.

You can taste traditional dishes, regional specialities and local produce, like haggis, shortbread, whisky and cullen skink. Modern Scottish cuisine embraces this but then adds a twist, so you might find haggis pakora or crab and cucumber cannelloni on the menu.

Outside Influences

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Glasgow embraced the flavours and cuisines of the many nationalities of those who’ve made their home here. You can literally “dine your way around the world”.  From native Mexican, American, Asian, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences, to name just a few, the choice is truly international.

Drink

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Glasgow is the perfect place to lose a few hours whilst indulging in afternoon tea, cocktails, gin, whisky or whatever tipple takes your fancy. 

Whether you are treating your mum or spending time with friends, nothing tastes better than indulging in a spot of afternoon tea and there are plenty of places throughout the city to where you'll find delicious afternoon tea.

Glasgow’s specialist gin and whisky bars serve an impressive selection, alongside home brewed tonics, and Glasgow now has its own first craft gin brand, Makar Glasgow Gin, launched in October 2014, produced by the Glasgow Distillery Company.  

Craft beers – are also bang on trend. Self-confident Brew Dog, adjacent to Kelvingrove. Indy brewers, West, based in the iconic Templeton building have the finest lagers and wheat beers. At the Drygate Brewing Company you can watch the brewing process as you try one of their 24 different craft beers or, brew your own! And of course household name, Tennents has been in the city for over 450 years. Do a tour of the brewery or try out their Cook School!

On the go

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Find an edgy venue and set up some trestle tables, or equip an old truck, and the art of ‘pop-up dining’ and ‘feastival food’ is born. The street food scene in Glasgow is as vibrant as ever with pop-up experiences across the city, making for a perfect stop-off during a busy day’s shopping.

On a budget

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Whether you’re a student, a shopper, a tourist or here on business, why not take advantage of these great deals throughout the city? From pre-theatre menus to places where you can eat out for less than a fiver, there's something to suit everyone.

For more great places on where to eat and drink in Glasgow, check out our Trip Inspiration section for even more suggestions!

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