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.
New kid on the block Canteen 58 is all about good food and good vibes! Fast, fresh food all sourced from local suppliers, including breakfast and brunch, is served all day on their signature canteen trays. Their menu is broad and ever-changing so check the website for opening times and pop in and see what’s new.
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 Fri – 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.
Based on one of the most happening streets in one of the most desirable South neighbourhoods, Strathbungo, this contemporary Scottish restaurant is the sister restaurant to the city’s well known Cafe Source Too and has a stellar menu with tasty dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken waffles. Book a table for brunch at Niven's, available from 10-2pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Kilmurry & Co
Exposed brick walls and rustic dark woods, transport you to the streets of New York’s hippest district while you sit back and enjoy a hearty brunch from eggs nine ways to fluffy buttermilk pancakes with fresh pressed juices and cold brew coffee. Or indulge in the Bottomless Brunch – 6 drinks and a brunch dish for £25 (available Fri – Sun from 12-4pm). See the Kilmurry & Co website for their full menu and to book a table.
The Dapper Mongoose
Another hot spot in Shawlands for brunch is local, family run restaurant, The Dapper Mongoose. Brunch is served from 11am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy delicious small plates ranging from sweet waffles with Ferrero Roche ice cream to pork belly bao. Find out more at the restaurant's website.
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.
Partick Duck Club
Partick Duck Club is the first solo venture from a duo who have worked in Scotland’s finest hotel restaurants and has been voted No.1 Coolest Brunch by the Sunday Herald. 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 mouth-watering menu. All-day breakfast/brunch is served 6 days a week. See the Partick Duck Club website for more information and to book a table inside. Outside tables are first come first served.
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 from 10am, but it is worth the wait all week. See their website for the full menu which includes balanced, flavoursome dishes like sweet potato hash, Turkish eggs and flat iron steak.
Is there anything better than a full Scottish breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning? Head to Stravaigin’s cosy café bar for all-day brunch from 11am every Saturday and Sunday. See the website for what delicious dishes, including veggie and vegan options, are on offer.
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.
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. They have 50% off their brand new brunch menu on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout September. Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes all served on fresh Kember & Jones sourdough with vegan and gluten-free options available. For your brunch fix, head to the Ocho website to book a table or give them a call.
With their breakfast menu available until 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, The Botany offers the chance to enjoy brunch in a glasshouse conservatory overlooking beautiful gardens. The menu includes simple filled breakfast rolls and Belgian waffles. Head to The Botany website to book a table.
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Article last updated: September 2020