Calling all coffee lovers – it’s time to argue over your favourite bean grinders.
Our first guide to Glasgow’s top independent coffee shops covered some of the hotspots, from Laboratorio Espresso to Stan’s Studio and Partick favourite Meadow Road.
But we know; there are many more places serious about their coffee in the dear green place – and for that reason, we felt it time once again to load up on caffeine and settle in with a cuppa (maybe the odd cake too).
From hipster hangouts to the best places to grab your morning coffee to go, here are just some of the places worth visiting in Glasgow.
This place is just the thing for coffee lovers who like to be in the know, like, way before everyone else thought it was cool. Tucked away down a residential Hillhead lane, Peña featured as one of our hidden gems of late, offering west end-appropriate fancy toasties and specialty coffee from the likes of Workshop and The Barn, as well as a special house roast. It may not be big, but it certainly makes up for it in charm – perfect for a leisurely weekend caffeine boost.
5 Eton Lane, G12 8NB, penaglasgow.co.uk
Riverhill Coffee Bar
Gordon Street might just be coffee central – good news for all those office workers rushing to Monday morning meetings and in need of a caffeine fix. Artisan offerings courtesy of Glasgow’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters are the staple here, alongside guest coffees regularly updates – oh and amazing hot chocolate, if you’re in the mood for something else to warm the cockles.
24 Gordon St, G1 3PU, riverhillcafe.com
All That Is Coffee
We know…we’re talking coffee, not chai. But who could resist that sign? This espresso bar is another hidden gem, tucked away in artistic showroom and all-round creative space All That is Solid, on the ground floor of a Merchant City block. It’s another place fuelled by Dear Green beans – and that suits us just fine while we browse whatever installation is on offer that week.
South Block, 60 Osborne St, G1 5QH, allthatissolid.co.uk
Achingly cool, Artisan Roast on Gibson St is coffee heaven if you happen to know your stuff. We’re talking laboratory-level mixing rules and beakers where coffee pots should be – all adding up to a hell of a strong cuppa. It’s an Edinburgh import, and the beans arrive from the capital freshly roasted each day. With Glasgow Uni just round the corner, this place proves popular with those hitting the library for an all-dayer or nighter – expect a fair bit of buzz at all times.
15-17 Gibson St, G12 8NU, artisanroast.co.uk
Papercup Coffee Company
Great Western Road’s top coffee spot is an aesthetic dream; all muraled walls and cracked plaster with a menu of good, simple coffee – and a few seats from which to Instagram them. Watch the Facebook page for regular updates on specials from around the world (hello Gesha) and bear in mind that the buzzworthy Tantrum Doughnuts shop stocks Papercup coffee – so we’re assuming it goes very well with a decent doughnut.
603 Great Western Road, G12 8HX, papercupcoffeecompany.bigcartel.com
You have to give this place credit for the strapline ‘Serves you right’. We’ve given them praise for their sandwiches in the past too; massive melting meat concoctions like brisket with garlic mushrooms and rocket. But enough about the eating…what about the drinking? Glasgow favourite Dear Green makes another appearance here, and Roast doesn’t ramp the price up just because the coffee is good, coming in at £2.20 a flat white. It’s small, and often busy – but grab a seat, a sandwich and a cup of joe and we guarantee satisfaction.
1299 Argyle St, G3 8TL, roastglasgow.com
The Glad Cafe
It’s hard not to love The Glad Cafe – a cosy home from home for southsiders and all-round artistic hangout with regular gigs, art exhibitions, food events…you name it. The social enterprise is another fan of locally roasted coffee and isn’t afraid to impress with the Aeropress. If you’re looking for a comfy seat, plenty of space and some reading material to go with your numerous cups of coffee then this is the place – we’d prescribe at least a few hours of me time.
1006A Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG, thegladcafe.co.uk
Barista-style coffee is the promise from Tibo, our east end choice – and the place delivers. We’re talking no fuss, decent coffee and a cute little cafe bistro where you can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner while you’re at it, and watch the world go by on Duke St. You can keep your beakers and the word ‘artisan’, westenders…the east is doing just fine without you.
443 Duke St, G31 1RY, cafetibo.com
Gordon Street Coffee
What was that about Gordon St being the coffee quarter? That sounds about right. The proximity of this place to Glasgow Central makes it a great stop-off for the weary commuter – but Gordon St Coffee has more than just location going for it. The house blend is roasted… well, in-house…on a daily basis, and you can buy pouches of Glasgow Roast, Gordon St Black and Tan or Full French to take home, as well as a selection of cakes and sandwiches. Oh, and their A board signage is on point too, just saying.
Glasgow Central Station, 79 Gordon St, G1 3SQ, gordonstcoffee.co.uk
Prepare to go old school, all the way back to the pre-wifi days of 1998, when people worked in an office instead of a coffee shop. You’ll still be hard pushed to work at Tinderbox branches in the Merchant City and on Byres Road as the wifi isn’t free – but the place retains a special place in the heart of many a Glasgow coffee drinker. It may not be for the artisanal puritans, but Tinderbox is doing something right having lasted this long – and those arty interiors definitely help matters, making it a pleasure to hide in a corner with a comforting shot of caffeine.
118 Ingram St, G1 1EJ and 189 Byres Road, G12 8TS
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Main image: The Glad Cafe