The bustling city of Glasgow has something to offer everyone. Whether it’s arts, scenery or food, there’s something to meet the needs of all individuals.
Coffee culture is something that Glasgow is no stranger to, and their selection of trendy cafes is seriously growing – you can find a warm little spot to enjoy a lovely brew in all areas of the gorgeous city.
With family based there, I’ve been lucky enough to sample (almost) every coffee shop Glasgow has to offer and from that experience have listed some of the best coffee shops in Glasgow.
So whether you’re a local wanting to try something new, or you’re a tourist visiting the area, here are some must-try spots!
Best Coffee Shops in Glasgow
1. Ottoman Coffee House
If you’re in need of a break from those busy coffee chains, Ottoman Coffee House offers you a laid-back alternative that has lots to offer.
Located in Berkley Street, this wonderous little place takes inspiration from the grand coffee houses of Eastern Europe. The owners of this café wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment where people from different cultures can come together and enjoy their artisan coffees.
Aside from having a variety of coffees on offer, their food menu is based on a fusion of Turkish and South Asian cuisine. Their little bites are divine, so you won’t be disappointed if your morning coffee turns into a lunch date at Ottoman Coffee House.
Location: 73 Berkeley St., Glasgow G3 7DX
2. Morning Glory
Morning Glory is the sister of one of the best restaurants in Glasgow, Five March, so you know you’ll be getting the highest quality service here.
Their food is also to die for, and as they value local produce, you’ll be tasting some of the freshest ingredients around! One look at their Instagram page will have you watering at the mouth (their content team really know what they’re doing!).
On a warm, sunny day, you can enjoy a delicious meal on their mezzanine along with some coffee that’s been hand-made with love and care.
Location: 657 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8RE
3. Gordon Street Coffee
A trip to Glasgow isn’t complete without a visit to the award-winning Gordon Street Coffee. Located in the heart of the city, this fabulous venue offers some of the most delicious coffee you’ll come across.
All their coffee comes directly from their Edinburgh and Glasgow roasteries, and they also offer delivery services that will bring their coffee straight to your door!
We can guarantee you won’t be disappointed with visiting this lovely location.
Location: Central Station, 79 Gordon St, Glasgow G1 3SQ
4. Papercup Coffee Roasters
Nestled away on a cobbly street in the West End, Papercup Coffee Roasters has one philosophy when it comes to their coffee and service – quality.
Their coffee beans are all sourced ethically, and they offer a variety of different beans you can try! You can also be guaranteed a lovely meal when visiting this lovely little coffee shop as their food is all sourced locally, giving you the freshest taste possible.
As a bonus, the talented baristas here are phenomenal when it comes to latte art!
Location: 603 Great Western Rd
5. Grain and Grind
We couldn’t list the best coffee shops in Glasgow without including this local Glaswegian chain.
Grain and Grind (we love a play on words!) started up as a little laidback coffee spot in the South of Glasgow in 2018. They’ve done so well that they now have six locations scattered around the city as well as in Inverness.
The options are endless here as they offer over 20 different coffee blends! They also strive to provide you with ethically sourced produce, and work exclusively with 15 farms all over the world!
Their coffees are typically named after the farms they came from, so you can accumulate a cute little collection of coffee from around the globe!
Location: 45 Old Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G3 8RF
6. The Alchemy Experiment
The Alchemy Experiment is a venue for all the art lovers out there. Aside from wonderful coffee, this location showcases work from local and emerging artists.
From poetry readings to cello concerts, this place always has something going on, with some of these events going late into the evening, so you can pop in as you finish work for some lovely baked goods and a latte or two.
If you’re an artist yourself, there’s no better place to get your creative juices flowing.
Location: 157 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8TS
7. Laboratorio Espresso
Laboratorio Espresso has not only been named one of Britain’s 30 best coffee shops, but it has also been named one of the 50 best coffee shops in the entire world!
This wonderous café offers coffee from across the globe featuring coffee roasters from all over the UK as well as internationally.
Their baristas know what they’re doing when it comes to brewing the perfect cup of coffee, and you may even be lucky enough to come across one of their offers where you can grab a free cannoli when you purchase a coffee!
I particularly like that it’s open from 8am on weekdays so if you want to pop in for a quick coffee before work, you can.
Location: 93 W Nile St, Glasgow G1 2SH
8. Hinba Specialty Coffee
From a tiny little coffee shop that opened in Oban, Hinba has made its way to Glasgow and is gaining popularity very quickly.
The owners, Fergus McCross and Ness Achilles resonated with the food, drink, and café culture they experienced while they were travelling. They decided to bring all of that together when they bought a coffee roaster.
Their passion for coffee culture really shines through in this little gem of a location, and if you’re a coffee geek like McCross and Achilles, then you can pop in and have a chat with them about it!
Location: 86 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6NX
Glasgow is a vibrant city that has a lot to offer. Whether it’s nightlife you’re after, or some arts and culture, there’s something to suit the needs of everyone.
As mentioned earlier, their coffee culture is booming, and there are fantastic coffee shops left right and centre, with new ones emerging practically every month!
This article has listed 8 of some of the best coffee shops in Glasgow – some have even been rated as some of the best in the entire UK!
We cannot recommend these cafes enough, and if you’re up for a little adventure, grab this list on a relaxing Sunday afternoon, and make your way through each one – you can even rate them as you go!