Brunch is no longer an occasional Sunday morning activity. The brunch revolution has arrived and is here to stay, seven days a week, 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.
Breakfast and brunch is served all day in this stylish little cafe that looks out on to the cobbled streets of the Merchant City. Wilson Street Pantry offers 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.
Singl-end have baked up such a buzz around town that they have opened not one, but two, bakehouse cafes. Both locations, Garnethill and Merchant City, serve up everything from fruits & grains to full hearty Scottish dishes to eggs many ways, as well as a selection of cakes, pastries and breads galore from their bakehouse.
Hutchesons City Grill
Head to Hutchesons City Grill, set in the stunning A-listed Hutchesons' Hall, for one of the most stylish brunch locations in town. Enjoy brunch in grand surrounds from the main menu or go for the brunch and bubbles option for two and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco and high-end brunch spread that includes freshly made croissants and classic hot dishes. Feeling flush? Then upgrade from Prosecco to Champagne.
Start the day in style with brunch in the South of the city
The Glad Cafe
Plant-based dining is growing apace in Glasgow - one of the UK’s most vegan friendly cities. South of the river is the not-for-profit arts hub, The Glad Cafe, which offers vegetarian and vegan brunches by Hen of the Woods during the day. The cafe combines architecturally award-winning design with artsy laidback vibes and scrumptious food.
In the heart of Shawlands is the multi-award winning Cafe Strange Brew, which continues its reign as one of Glasgow's best brunch spots, topping TripAdvisor and featuring in the latest edition of Lonely Planet’s Glasgow Guide. Inventive baked eggs and hot cakes are served up day in and out in this hipster hangout. Be prepared to queue around the block on weekends, but it's worth it!
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.
Based on one of the most happening streets in one of the most desirable South neighbourhoods, Strathbungo, is the contemporary Scottish restaurant Niven's. The sister restaurant to the city’s well known Cafe Source has a stellar menu with tasty dishes such as chorizo or halloumi on jalapeño and cheddar cornbread with a poached egg, sweetcorn, avocado, salsa and crème fraîche.
Kaf Coffee is a small space packing a huge punch. The menu and specials are full of dishes that surprise in their ingredients but which come together beautifully on the plate and palate. With signature Scandi plates, an in-house bakery and speciality coffee – this new spot on Hyndland Street is definitely one to check out. Note – dogs are welcome but laptops are not.
Partick Duck Club
Partick Duck Club is the first solo venture from a duo who have worked in Scotland’s finest hotel restaurants. Bringing a wealth of experience, the team have created a cool and contemporary takeover of an old tavern. Order up a duck club bloody Mary or mimosa whilst browsing the extensive mouthwatering menu.
Five March on Elderslie Drive is a bright spot, with outdoor seating, which prides itself on good food with good company. Brunch is only served at the weekend, but it is worth the wait all week. With a balanced flavoursome menu that includes the likes of corn fritters with corn salsa, jalapeño mayo and bloody Mary ketchup. And speaking of bloody Marys, they do their own selection, which is well worth the visit alone.
Eat out in the East of the city for a brunch to remember
Recently opened on Duke Street is Mesa, sister cafe to Cafe Strange Brew. The space with bare stone walls and an eclectic collection of prints is cool and contemporary. Expect an equally delightful menu as its sister cafe, with sourdough breads, baked eggs, halloumi, avocado and hot cakes.
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.
As one of Dennistoun’s most vibrant spots, Tibo is a Scottish restaurant that fosters great community spirit, with events and exhibitions frequently on to support local artists. Their brunch menu is as eclectic as their main menu, with good veggie options going head-to-head with meat options.
Feel refreshed and ready to go with brunch in the scenic North of the city
Image Credit: Ocho
Ocho (weekends only)
For a proper relaxing brunch, 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. Here you can create your own brunch; choose from sourdough, sweet potato rosti or granary toast for the base, then eggs your way, choice of two toppings and sauce.
The Botany (weekends only)
Open at the weekends only, The Botany offers the chance to enjoy brunch in a glasshouse conservatory overlooking beautiful gardens. The menu ranges from the simple Botany Bap with various filling options to a tasty traditional kedgeree.
Based on Maryhill Road, the artisan cafe is styled in 1950s décor, with booths big enough for all the family to gather in to enjoy brunch. Check out the old school jukebox at Cafe D'Jaconelliand select a soundtrack to get the day going.
After a satisfying long brunch, don't forget to take a wander around one of Glasgow's distinct neighbourhoods.
Article last updated: July, 2019