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Five Places for Coffee in Glasgow

If you’re in need of a good quality caffeine jolt in Glasgow city centre, look no further. The Glasgow coffee scene is pretty strong, and these are five of my favourite places to hit up for a coffee in Glasgow.

Laboratorio Espresso
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My absolute number one. Whenever anyone asks for a coffee recommendation in Glasgow, Laboratorio Espresso is my first suggestion. Laboratorio Espresso is a small Italian-inspired coffee shop located on West Regent Street, just behind Buchanan Street. They serve a curated selection of coffees and snacks (and teas, if your company is that way inclined), in a beautifully designed, minimalist environment. If it’s a nice day you can take a seat outside. You’ll find a small selection of pastries, cakes and sandwiches if you’re peckish. I would recommend a lemon cannoli to pair with your coffee of choice; I promise you won’t regret it.

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Chaakoo Bombay Cafe, Glasgow

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe – chaakoo.co.uk
79 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TF

The other day someone asked me my recommendations for breakfast in Glasgow and I had a momentary brain block. I realised I don’t often go out for breakfast if I’m at home. In a bid to experience more of my local breakfast offerings I visited Chaakoo Bombay Cafe last weekend. Chaakoo opened a few months ago and is the sister restaurant to Topolabamba, which I’m a big fan of. Their day/dinner menu looks great and is similar to the small plates idea of Topolabamba/TukTuk.

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Tuk Tuk, Glasgow

Tuk Tuk – tuktukonline.com
426 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD

Date night in January took us to the newly opened Tuk Tuk restaurant on Sauchiehall Street. Their flagship restaurant opened in Edinburgh in 2012 and had been recommended to me more than once. When I heard they were bringing the goods to the West I was pretty excited. They serve small plates of Indian street food, “inspired by the food hawkers of India.”  Here is a small excerpt from their website to get a feel for their ethos:
ly prepared food of the people and represents the tastes of India today. We pride ourselves on being the pioneer of Indian street food culture and delivering exceptional customer service. Using fresh ingredients and authentic spices we have a selection of delicious dishes for everyone. Our philosophy is all about experiencing and sharing good food.”

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Ramen Dayo, Glasgow

Ramen Dayo! – ramendayo.com
Gordon Lane, 9 Gordon St, Glasgow, G1 3PL

Ramen Dayo is a new Japanese ramen bar and restaurant.   It currently resides in the former Laneways location down Gordon Lane. They’ve given the place a cosmetic update, with the only remaining reminder of Laneways being that red strip curtain at the back. The casual old-school-desk style seating has been replaced with small wooden sheltered stools and tables. And there are lanterns a-plenty.

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Picnic Cafe, Glasgow

Picnic Cafe – www.picnic-cafe.co.uk
103 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DX

I stopped by Picnic Cafe with a fellow vegan friend for lunch, the day after our office Christmas party. I’m not vegan myself, but as a massive fan of generally all the foods, I’m always open to checking out new spots. As far as I’m aware, Picnic is a one of a kind in the city centre. They are a 100% vegan cafe, whereas I believe all other vegan spots in town are also vegetarian/otherwise. So vegans – here is a safe haven. It’s sitting on Ingram Street, just along from Spitfire Espresso (which you may as well pop into if you’re in the neighbourhood…). #caffeineplug

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Butchershop Bar & Grill, Glasgow

Butchershop Bar & Grill – www.butchershopglasgow.com
1055 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G3 7UD

With a date night to mark a celebration, only one thing will do – steak. So as I slowly make my way around Glasgow’s never-ending food scene, I decided we should visit one of the classic spots for a steak.  Butchershop Bar & Grill on Sauchiehall Street.  Neither of us had ever been so excitement levels were high.

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Cafe Strange Brew, Glasgow

Café Strange Brew – www.facebook.com/cafestrangebrew
1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3YG

My trip to Cafe Strange Brew was long overdue.  But I am a city centre girl, so hopefully the distance makes it a little more forgivable. I can’t quite remember where I heard about the Cafe, but it was fresh in my mind after their collaboration with El Perro Negro in July. They’re always cropping up on Glasgow blogs so I assume I read about it somewhere else too…

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Topolabamba, Glasgow

Topolabamba – www.topolabamba.com
89 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TF

My third visit to Topolabamba and still as impressive as ever. I guess you could describe it as Mexican-style tapas, with some larger dishes for the hungrier customer.  We visited the restaurant around 8.30pm on a Saturday and only waited around 20-25 minutes for a table (despite being told it would be 45).  Having the table wait cut in half was definitely a good start.

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Smoke BBQ, Glasgow

Smoke BBQ – smokebbq.co.uk
2 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 1RW

So I don’t normally check out new chain restaurants in Glasgow, purely because I like supporting local restaurants and kitchens. But between the social media praise and the real-life recommendations, I really wanted to pay this place a visit.  So June’s date night took us to a Saturday evening booking around 7pm to Smoke BBQ on West Regent Street.

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Papercup Coffee, High Street, Glasgow

Papercup Coffee – www.papercupcoffee.co.uk
274 High Street, Glasgow, G4 0QT

Anyone who knows Papercup Coffee will probably be familiar with their Great Western Road location – one which I have never actually visited. So when I saw they were opening a city centre location in May, the prospect of another new regular coffee haunt in my ‘hood was exciting.  I finally popped in last week to sample their coffee and, of course, their cakes.

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Dear Green PopUp, Glasgow

Dear Green Coffee – www.facebook.com/deargreencoffeeroastersglasgow
Pop Up at 68 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4LH

If you’re in need of some good coffee and fancy going somewhere new, head south down to The Briggait where you’ll find the Dear Green Pop Up.  I made my first visit here last year around October, and they’re opening their doors again Friday-Sunday for the rest of summer.

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Hutchesons, Glasgow

Hutchesons – WWW.HUTCHESONSGLASGOW.COM
158 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EJ

Each month I try and visit at least one new restaurant in Glasgow, in an attempt to make the most of the fact I live in the city centre.  When you find somewhere amazing it’s so easy to fall into a delicious foody rut, so as of January 2015 we committed, and have visited somewhere new every month. We finally, FINALLY went to Hutchesons on Ingram Street.

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