So I recently spent one full day in Glasgow, Scotland over the past Easter long weekend. The only other place I’ve ever visited in Scotland was Edinburgh, so I was really looking forward to exploring Glasgow and using it as a jumping off point to check out the Scottish Highlands (that’ll come in another post).
I was staying near George Square, which is pretty much as central as it gets in Glasgow. I prefer walking as much as possible whenever I visit a new town or city, and my hotel was perfectly located for that. Glasgow’s tourist highlights are fairly spread out however, so I ended up (unintentionally!) spending quite a good few hours walking around. This turned out for the best, as unbeknownst to me, Glasgow is one of the top cities in the UK for eating as a vegan, which I took advantage of. It was brilliant.
To the extent possible, I tried to stick to walking through Glasgow’s green spaces and along the River Clyde. While some of Glasgow’s oldest buildings such as the Winter Garden and People’s Palace can be found in parks such as the Glasgow Green, some of Glasgow’s most modern buildings can be found flanking the River Clyde.
Before I launch into some of my favourite vegan eats in Glasgow, I thought I’d give a special mention to some of Glasgow’s street art. All of these were found in central Glasgow, amongst classic historical buildings which made these pieces of art pop even more. Some people might disagree, but hey, let me know what you think.
And so, after a good walk in the brisk spring weather, here are some of the best spots I found to refuel with some good, wholesome and fresh food.
1. Picnic, Ingram Street
This was a great breakfast spot en route to the Glasgow Green from central Glasgow. Really good coffee and scrumptious salad bowls.
2. The 78, Kelvinhaugh Street
Cool pub-like setting with a great vibe coming from the diverse mix of people eating / drinking here. Great for dinner after spending the day in the Science Centre or Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
3. Riverhill Coffee Bar, Gordon Street
Do yourselves a favour and try their vegan options here. Perfect for brunch.
Special mention: Gordon Street Coffee, Gordon Street
Vegan doughnuts. Enough said. P.S. The coffee is great too.
Have you been to Glasgow? What did you think of the food there?