Breathe and relax. It’s something we often forget to do because we’re so busy running late for work, meeting friends for drinks, rushing for the subway, heading to the gym…
Feel the need for some chill out time? Embrace it and do it in style.
Here are our favourite places to relax in Glasgow.
The Botanic Gardens
Admittedly more of a fair weather pursuit, a stroll around the Botanics is good for the soul. Perfect for a crisp and bright Sunday morning, wrap up warm and take some time to appreciate your surroundings, without rushing through to jump on the subway at Hillhead or go for a pint on Ashton Lane. And there’s no excuse, even if the rain starts (which is somewhat likely) there are lots of indoor greenhouse areas to take a seat on a bench and breathe in the weirdly calming aroma of all the exotic plants.
730 Great Western Road, Glasgow
This speciality West End tea house is the epitome of chilling out in Glasgow. The Czech inspired tea house hosts over 100 speciality brews and slouchy seating areas to hang out in for as long as your heart desires.
Their aim is that “one can step from the dreich Glasgow weather into Tchai-Ovna and it feels like stepping into a Turkish Chaikhana, or a Bedouin cave, or even a Japanese tea house, and in our experience everyone appears to find something here to which they can relate – be that a nice comfy sofa or an Afghan Chai Zanjafeel.” Mission accomplished. Oh, and there’s even a resident cat. Score.
42 Otago Lane, Glasgow / website
Glasgow offers a whole host of museum and gallery spaces that are relaxing for different reasons. As well as being a historical piece of architecture, an exhibition space and visitor centre, the thing that makes The Lighthouse stand out is the view from the sixth floor viewing platform. If you ever just need some perspective, here is the place to get it.
11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow / website
For those of us who aren’t so at one with relaxing in our own thoughts and company, there is the comforting and reliable option of the cinema. The GFT is the kind of place you would never have any qualms going alone to. Soak up the atmosphere of the 1939 built cinema, steeped in history and a welcoming, calming atmosphere. All while choosing from an array of some of the best art house, indie and block busting films on offer. Fancy just hanging out? There’s a bar and a cafe for that too. And it’s MUCH more appealing than the one in Cineworld.
12 Rose Street, Glasgow / website
Sometimes all you need to just relax and unwind is a bit of peaceful retail therapy. And, let’s be honest, Buchanan Street is never going to offer you relaxation. That’s why you should take a dander down the cobbled paths of Ruthven Lane where you can bob into second hand shops including Starry Starry Night, Circa Vintage and eclectic antique/bric-a-brac/anything you fancy store, Relics. It’s likely you’ll find a cat or two to stroke along the way. And why not finish it all off with a pit stop at Hanoi Bike Shop?
Tinderbox – particularly the branch on Ingram Street – is one of the City Centre’s most welcoming and relaxed cafe spaces. The beautiful Itsu teapots and amazing selection of cakes, combined with light and airy surroundings makes for an atmosphere that you never want to leave. And the wonderful thing is, you truly feel welcome to stay there all day. Great for working, slouching back with some pals or taking some me time to reflect on the world with a lovely cuppa, this is a perfect chill out space in the Merchant City.
118 Ingram St, Glasgow
GOMA offers a almost meditative like exhibition space in its main hall, as well as further display upstairs. Depending on what the main event is, the grand exhibition hall can offer a space of peace and quiet, often in a darkened room if it happens to be a film or sound based project that’s on display. Downstairs there’s a library with an inviting cafe, complete with couches to hang out on and read newspapers, magazines and books of every description to your hearts content. What’s not relaxing about that?
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow / website
Kadampa Meditation centre offers guided Buddhist Meditation classes in Glasgow, in a welcoming and peaceful environment. With both lunchtime and after work guided meditation every week day, this is the place to turn if you’re feeling the need for a bit of time out of the buzz of the city. Meditate, hang out and generally relax. If a pint in your local or a brew in a cosy cafe isn’t quite the chill-out you’re after, maybe this will tick some boxes?
78 Hutcheson Street, Glasgow, meditateinscotland.org
One of the cosiest and most welcoming pubs in Glasgow, The Belle offers a space to put up your feet, read the paper and relax by the real log fire. Dogs are always aplenty in this proper pub, which is always a bonus. Haven’t you heard of pet therapy? Pint, paper, pooches = perfect pub.
617 Great Western Road, Glasgow
Mono offers up vegan food and drinks in one of the most simultaneously chilled out and hippest joints in town. Choose from their delicious menu and selection of organic beers and ciders while you chill out in one of the comfy sofas and casual seating areas strewn over the venue. Attached to the pub is Monorail, one of the city’s best respected record shops. Sometimes there is nothing better than flipping through some second hand LPs and this is the place to do it.
12 Kings Court, Glasgow / website
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