Coffee stops: 5 of the best places to refuel in Glasgow

Glasgow is undoubtedly the best city in Scotland when it comes to shopping, but with all that choice, at some point you’re going to run out of steam – which is when finding a decent coffee shop becomes a necessity. Especially at this time of year. Here are 5 of the best in town. Disagree? Tell us in the comments…

There are plenty of coffee options in Glasgow (Image: Vermel Erwan)

Artisan Roast

15–17 Gibson Street

Artisan Roast say they are ‘obsessed with coffee’ and it shows. Artisan were named Best Cafe in the UK of 2012 by review site Qype and were shortlisted for the 2012 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards. Their Glasgow shop is one of three in Scotland, with the other two located in Edinburgh.

Coffee, Chocolate and Tea

944 Argyle Street

This Glasgow café does exactly what it says on the tin. Their coffee is freshly roasted on the premises, and they have a wide range of over 40 loose leaf teas, but the icing on the cake has to be their tastebud tantalising homemade chocolate.

Trans-Europe Café

25 Parnie Street

Their fair trade Italian aroma coffee packs a powerful punch, and the place has an authentic European atmosphere, whether or not Kraftwerk are on the stereo.  The café also opens in the evenings, when they offer “a selection of fine beers and wines from the regions traversed by the Trans-Europe Express”.


3–5 Gibson Street

This spacious café has a relaxing atmosphere and a great view that takes in Kelvingrove Park, plus a basement that doubles as an art gallery. It’s popular with students and anyone who wants to while away an hour or two people-watching.

Tapa Coffeehouse

721 Pollokshaws Road

Tapa has a relaxing, eco-friendly and healthy vibe, with a focus on locally sourced produce. Freshly roasted coffee beans and organic breads and cakes are all supplied in-house by Tapa’s own bakery and roasting house.

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