No matter what we put here, there’s always going to be disagreement. Because in Glasgow, breakfast is a big deal and everyone has their favourites. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the greasy spoon or an acai bowl fiend, this city really does have something on offer for every taste. But we’re going to try and round up what we think are the best breakfasts in Glasgow. From Battlefield to Byres Road, here goes…
Phillies of Shawlands
This trendy bar in the middle of Shawlands is really pulling up the coolness of the area with its craft beer, bao buns, and incredible wall art. So it’s no surprise that they’re also big on the brunch scene. We’ve written before about our love for their chicken and waffles; fried chicken, on waffles, coated in maple syrup, but they actually do much more. There’s a whole section of breakfast menu dedicated to eggs on toast, and their jugs of boozy breakfast cocktails are something to be marvelled at. Bring your pals, bring your dog, and head down for great coffee and grub.
A veritable Southside institution, head to The Bungo early on any weekend morning and you’ll find the place packed with everyone from clubbers still up from the night before to classy ladies sipping on espresso martinis. Breakfast is served from 10-4 daily and features their famous Lebanese breakfast (a combination of shakshuka, harissa halloumi, batata harra, and toasted pitta), and classics like a good Scottish cooked breakfast. Pair it with their tasty aforementioned espresso cocktail and you’re ready for the day.
From the team behind Glasgow favourites, Vroni’s and Blue Dog, comes one of the best breakfasts in Glasgow, at Ollie’s. Not only is it served in an exquisite interior, everything on their menu tastes exquisite too. Their breakfast menu has dishes you’ll know and love like filled rolls and eggs benny, and plates that will surprise you like a hollowed cobbler filled with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and spinach. They serve some of the best coffee in the city and it’s the perfect place to kick back with the papers before you start your day.
Are you feeling classy? If you’re not you will be after a trip to Hutchesons. You’d be forgiven for not expecting one of Glasgow’s favourite night spots to also do one of Glasgow’s best breakfasts, but one bite of their brioche French toast or pancakes will change all that. The restaurant is owned by the team behind The Butcher’s Shop and The Spanish Butcher, meaning they also know a thing or two about meat, championing dishes like the Hutchesons Fry and serving up some of the best black pudding around. Situated right in the city centre, it’s a great spot for fuelling up before a day shopping.
“Institution” can be a slightly overused term, but never in the case of Cafe Gandolfi. Open since 1995, these guys have been delighting Glaswegians for over 20 years and have no signs of slowing down. Their breakfasts are legendary, with owner and chef, Seumas, relishing the first meal of the day and showing it in his cooking. They do all the classic eggs dishes, and a big hearty breakfast, but also serve up Swiss-style muesli, chia seed pudding, and tasty porridge if you fancy something lighter. Whatever you fancy, this is one of the best places in Glasgow to grab breakfast.
The sister restaurant to the Southside’s Bungo, if anyone knows anything about starting the day right, it’s these guys. Situated right next to the uni, there’s always a mixed crowd in here, meaning the menu is also pretty varied. We’re huge fans of the black bean, tofu, and avocado burrito, one of those dishes that you need to eat with both hands and to hell with your clothes. Their bloody Marys are legendary and the staff are lovely, and it’s a great place to fill up before exploring the west end, strolling in the park, or checking out the uni.
It’s not just us who loves this Italian gem, critics like Marina O’Loughlin and Ron McKenna have raved over their home-cooked Italian treats and friendly demeanor. Run by an Italian family the coffee is obviously fabulous and the pastries and smoothie bowls are to die for. If you need something a bit more substantial, the eggs with ham hough or the salsicca panino will definitely keep you full ‘til lunchtime. If you’re lucky and encounter a sunny morning (ha!), they have a great outside space with tables looking into the park where you can watch the world go by.
Hidden Lane Tearoom
Quite literally what it says on the tin, The Hidden Lane Tearoom is a quirky gem in trendy Finnieston that will definitely leave you with a smile on your face. Forget greasy sausages and mugs of over-brewed tea, the team here specialise in perfectly balanced dishes, with pancakes, cakes, and mini pastries dominating the menu. They specialise in lovely tea, serving over 30 loose leaves in quirky crockery, with lovely teapots to admire as you brew your brew. Don’t forget to take a wander around the lane afterwards and check out the shops, studios, and crafts. It’s only morning, you’ve got time.