Glasgow Café Culture

Glasgow Café Culture

For all the coffee lovers out there – you’re in for a treat as Glasgow’s cafe scene is positively buzzing! Expect a famous Glasgow warm welcome in our cosmopolitan city teeming with independent cafes and coffee shops, perfect for hanging out with your pals, going online or simply soaking up the unique atmosphere. With endless choices around the city, where must you go?

Read on for the top spots we recommend you pay a visit to kick-start your journey into Glasgow’s bohemian café culture..

Willow Grove
Only a few minutes stroll from the Acorn on the lush green end of Sauchiehall Street, this speciality coffee shop offers first-class coffee and cakes alongside a mouth-watering lunch menu – with such delights as grilled mixed veg ciabatta with rocket and home made olive tapenade and to sip on – try a minor figures chai! Expect a beautiful interior with a laid-back feel to the place, paired with a concoction of 70’s folk rock, and you’ll be well on your journey to cafe utopia!

Mixing it up in the city’s café culture is Singl-end, whose unique basement café and bakehouse in Garnethill has seen appetite so high that they’ve rustled up a second cafe in the Merchant City. This hip little gem is not just a café but also boasts it’s own bakehouse on-site, offering up some of the most delicious bread, cakes and brunches in Glasgow, with a big variety of gluten-free and veggie choices into the bargain! Only around a five minute stroll from the Acorn, this quirky artisan café really lends itself to “the proof is in the pudding” analogy – and beautifully presents exquisite but hearty food with a cheerful and chilled vibe going on. Don’t be surprised to observe the odd celebrity or two… the legendary Christian Slater dined there while on location in Glasgow filming his movie “The Wife” with his mega famous co-star Glenn Close. Family friendly too – and if you have a pooch you’ll be glad to know it’s also dog-friendly!

Mackintosh At the Willow
This is a much loved historical masterpiece – designed by our own Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it opened it’s doors in 1903. Savour exquisite tea, coffee and scrumptious food at this A listed and breathtaking venue. Expect a lovely menu including gluten free and vegan options. We recommend venturing into the Visitor Centre with it’s impressive exhibition and retail store. Our hotel is nestled in the core of Finnieston and is near to both the city centre and West End, offering you a multitude of choices for sightseeing, entertainment, shopping and of course our lively cafe culture!

Chill out in our stylish rooms and rest in the cosy beds after a full-on day of exploring, shopping and satisfying your coffee cravings! Remember to book direct via our website for the best room rates available.



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