Located right in the heart of Glasgow’s trendiest part of town, Byres Road is sometimes referred to as the central artery of the West End
With plenty of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants stretching all the way from Great Western Road in the north to Partick Cross in the south, it’s easy to see why Byres Road has become such a popular place to live, work and play.
Thanks to its distinctly bohemian vibe, Byres Road (and its surrounding side streets and lanes) is the ideal place to go if you’re looking for some cool new places to hang out in Glasgow. Here’s our ultimate guide to eating, drinking and shopping there.
De Courcy’s Arcade
This independent shopping institution is tucked just behind Byres Road. With a cluster of quirky boutiques, galleries, gift shops and other indie businesses, De Coury’s is perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different.
Cresswell Lane, G12 8AA – more info
Time & Tide
Independent shop Time & Tide is the place to go if you’re looking to spruce up your home. With lots of quality, design-led homewares, the shop focuses on a simple ‘relaxed living’ ethos.
398 Byres Road, G12 8AR – more info
Oxfam Music Shop
Byres Road is well known as a hotspot for charity and vintage shops where you can bag some bargain clothes, accessories and books. One of the best charity shops is the Oxfam Music Shop which is full of collectable vinyl.
171 Byres Road, G12 8TS – more info
George Mewes Cheese
If you fancy upgrading your usual weekly grocery shop, take a trip to George Mewes Cheese. This cheesemonger specialises in sourcing unusual cheeses, perfect if you fancy treating yourself to something delicious.
106 Byres Road, G12 8TB – more info
Although Byres Road is home to lots of brilliant independent shops, it also has a few great high street names too. It’s home to Glasgow’s only Oliver Bonas store, which stocks an eclectic mix of Pinterest-worthy home decor, clothes, books, accessories and furniture.
243-245 Byres Road, G12 8UB – more info
Avenue is a speciality coffee roasting company and you can enjoy their ethically sourced, great tasting coffee in their cafe on Byres Road. With a full espresso menu and three different filter coffees available on the Aeropress, you’re sure to find a new favourite blend.
291 Byres Road, G12 8TL – more info
Specialising in freshly made cold-pressed juices and smoothies, Juice Garden is great if you’re in the mood for something healthy. They also have an interesting food menu which focuses on raw food that’s vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
223 Byres Road, G12 8UD – more info
Kember & Jones
Relaxed, deli-style cafe Kember & Jones serves up a delicious all-day menu. Tuck into something tasty (the sharing platters are excellent) in the cafe, then browse the deli shop for something to take home with you.
134 Byres Road, G12 8TD – more info
Crolla’s is a Glasgow institution. This family-run business has been producing traditional Italian gelato in Glasgow for over 120 years. Their Byres Road cafe serves up some lunch options too, but let’s be honest, all we want is a delicious cone of gelato.
221 Byres Road, G12 8UD – more info
With fine-dining quality food and the cosy, relaxed atmosphere of a neighbourhood bistro, Number 16 is one of the best restaurants on Byres Road. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasonal Scottish produce on offer.
16 Byres Road, G11 5JY – more info
On the corner of Byres Road and Chancellor Street you’ll find Kimchi Cult, Glasgow’s trendiest and tastiest Korean restaurant. Tuck into lots of traditional Korean street food with a contemporary twist – the Kimchi Cult special burger is a must-try.
14 Chancellor Street, G11 5RQ – more info
Bringing the spirit of the bayou to Byres Road, Bar Gumbo serves up comfort food classics from the Deep South. Enjoy tasty dishes like jambalaya, Dixie catfish and fried shrimp po’boys along with cocktails and American beers.
71-77 Byres Road, G11 5HN – more info
Just behind Byres Road is Glasgow’s famous Ashton Lane, which is full of great little restaurants and bars. The Ubiquitous Chip has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Glasgow because of its imaginative dishes using the finest Scottish ingredients, cooked up by top chefs.
12 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ – more info
Bars & Pubs
The Curlers Rest
The Curlers Rest is the oldest pub on Byres Road, as a tavern has existed on this site since the 17th century. Now it’s a cool, laid-back place which still retains the character of a ‘proper’ traditional pub, with plenty of craft beers and ciders on the menu.
256-260 Byres Road, G12 8SH – more info
If cocktails are more your thing, Bar Soba’s drinks menu will be right up your street. This pan-Asian street food kitchen and bar is the ideal place on Byres Road to enjoy some cocktails with your pals at the weekend.
116-122 Byres Road, G12 8TB – more info
Located behind the Hillhead Library on Byres Road is the aptly named Hillhead Bookclub. With a chilled-out vibe during the day, the bar often hosts vintage fairs and and craft clubs, but in the evenings it has more of a party atmosphere with eclectic music and great cocktails.
17 Vinicombe Street, G12 8SJ – more info
Stylish bar The Hill is another great watering hole on Byres Road. There are plenty of fine whiskies and spirits to choose from, and they even have some bespoke cocktails available on draught if you’re in need of some instant refreshment.
94 Byres Road, G12 8TB – more info
Located inside a converted church, Oran Mor is one of Glasgow’s most impressive arts and entertainment venues. You’ll find everything from live music and comedy to theatre and even the occasional wedding in this arts hub on Byres Road.
Byres Road, G12 8QX – more info
Originally opened in 1921, the Grosvenor Cinema has been restored and refurbished to create a stunning, quirky little cinema in the West End. As well as a good selection of new releases, you can also catch special screenings of cult films.
24 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ – more info
The Record Factory
Open until 2am every night, The Record Factory a rock ‘n’ roll style hangout with live music, club nights, sports screenings and American style food and drink. Plus they have a pretty nice beer garden.
17 Byres Road, G11 5RD – more info
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