Glasgow café guide: 6 of the best coffee shops and tea rooms
mccune smith glasgow cafe

Can’t start your day without that double espresso or decaf non-fat no-foam cappuccino? Andy Revill takes a look at some of the best coffee shops and cafés in Glasgow.

mccune smith glasgow cafe
[McCune Smith is named after the a black intellectual and abolitionist]

Tibo, Dennistoun

Situated in Glasgow’s up and coming East End, and not a million miles away from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, is Tibo. A small bistro with plenty of character, Tibo combines great coffee, a delightful lunch and dinner menu, good beer and wine, local art for sale and the occasional jazz or blues night to round it all off. When the weather is nice, sit outside and watch the world go by on Duke Street.

443 Duke Street, 0141 550 2050,

Trans-Europe Cafe, Merchant City

Down Parnie Street in the Merchant City area of Glasgow, flanked by model shops and comic book stores is the Trans-Europe Cafe. Room enough only for a handful of tables, and utilising recycled bus seats (the retro ’70s upholstery is a dead giveaway), this café offers great coffee as well as a lovely little menu. Perfect for either a quick cuppa or a relaxed evening meal.

25 Parnie Street, 0141 552 7999,

Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street

Every aspect of this famous tea room was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, right down to the waitresses’ uniforms. These days, it is kept in much the same state as it was in the great designer’s day, and is the perfect escape from the noise of Sauchiehall Street below. Its sister tea room is only a few streets away on Buchanan Street, so if you’re in the city, you’re never too far from a coffee and a cake in an ideal setting.

217 Sauchiehall Street, 0141 332 0521,

McCune Smith, Duke Street

A relatively new addition to the Glasgow café scene, this bright and homely coffee shop is named after James McCune Smith. He is widely believed to be the first African American ever to hold a medical degree, which he got from the University of Glasgow. Read about the man himself while enjoying a range of teas, coffees, homemade cakes and excellent sandwiches.

5 Duke Street, 0141 548 1114,

Jelly Hill, Hyndland

Over in the West End, Jelly Hill places an emphasis on the outlandish. Serving a simple menu from morning till night, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and odd-shaped wooden furniture for as long as you like. A decent sized wine and beer selection adds to its appeal for locals. It also goes out of its way to be dog-friendly.

195 Hyndland Road, 0141 341 0125,

Once Upon A Tart, King Street

This tea room is as quirky as its name suggests. Black and pink livery on the shop front and lush pinks and purples on the inside, the atmosphere is relaxed and jovial. Tea, coffee and cakes in a homely setting, just off the beaten track away from the busy and loud Argyle Street.

45 King Street, 0141 552 0305,

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