One day in Glasgow eh? You’re in for a treat. From the leafy West End to up-and-coming Shawlands, there’s plenty to do, see, and eat in the Dear Green Place. But with just 24 hours, you’ll need a guide to make sure you don’t miss the really great stuff. So read on. We’ve rounded up the best Glasgow has.
We’re big brekkie fans in Glasgow and while we love a black pudding and tattie scone roll, there are plenty of other cool options to choose from. We’re starting off in the West End where breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day.
This Italian hotspot is raved over by locals and food critics alike, and rightly so. With a whole section dedicated to eggs, their breakfast menu is perfectly designed to set you up for a day exploring the city. Try out a salsiccia panino, an avocado power with beans and chilli puree on sourdough, or tryout their famous fried croissant with custard cream. Obviously their coffee is incredible too!
What’s near here?
The world-famous Glasgow University cloisters are just up the road (they’re rumoured to be part of the inspiration for Hogwarts) and beautiful Kelvingrove Park is directly opposite Eusebi.
Just on the other side of the Uni, this newly-opened spot in the old Gumbo building is proving a hit with the foodie students who mainly live in the area. A bit better for the waistline than indulgent Eusebi, these guys focus on tasty food, that’s lighter on the calories. We love the ginger sweet potato and goats cheese hash with poached eggs, while the yoghurt bowl of the day tastes amazing and will look amazing on your Insta.
Anything exciting around here?
The amazing Kelvingrove Museum is just a five minute walk along the river away. It’s a huge space filled with dinosaurs, art, and sculpture, and well worth a visit.
That inbetween time
The best time for a wander. If you’re in the West End, it’s worth walking along Sauchiehall or Argyle Street and taking a trek through super-cool Finnieston. It keeps being voted as one of the trendiest areas in the UK and you’ll understand why when you get here. Definitely one for your one day in Glasgow itinerarry. Drink some speciality coffee, browse the independent shops, and hunt round the various vintage and junk shops along the road.
You’ll probably have made it to town if you’ve walked through Finnieston. We hope you’ve worked up an appetite!
Lunch in the oldest bar in Glasgow? Yes please. Just off Buchanan Street (Glasgow’s biggest shopping street), Sloans has been feeding and watering Glasgow shoppers for longer than anyone can remember. The food is tasty and filling, with classics like fish and chips, steak pie, and macaroni cheese staples on the menu. They’re actually pretty famous for their mac so do give is a try. They have an undercover outside area too if you don’t want to sit inside. Perfect for people watching, right in the heart of the city.
And other nearby attractions?
Wander round the Argyle Arcade just next door, where Glasgow couples traditionally get their wedding and engagement rings. It’s a great mishmash of sleek new jewellers and vintage pawn shops. Then visit the famous Lighthouse. It’s Scotland’s national centre for design and architecture and was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Climb the circular staircase and enjoy uninterrupted views of the city from the top.
This record store- cum bar – cum restaurant is an absolute favourite of the city’s musicians. Owned by members of loved band, The Pastels, Mono serves up vegan food that appeals to everyone. Use up part of your one day in Glasgow and take a bit of time to trawl the scores of records in Monorail before settling down for some delicious grub. People trek across the city (people being us) for their seitan burger and their jackfruit brisket sandwich is a particular favourite. If you’re lucky, the next big thing in the Glasgow music scene will be hanging around having a pint.
What else can I do in the city centre?
Gee, what can’t you do in Glasgow City Centre? We’d recommend catching a movie at the GFT if you have time. It’s an indie cinema, with an art-deco look, that shows cool alternative movies, big hitters, and classics. If it’s a nice day, head over to the Necropolis, a huge cemetary at the east end of the centre. We know it sounds morbid, but the crypts for old city merchants, intricately inscribed headstones, and incredible city views make it worthwhile. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the iconic Duke of Wellington statue. Drunks have been putting traffic cones on his head for years and the image of the stately be-horsed man with a big orange cone on top has become an icon of the city.
Our favourite time of the day, we’re taking you south for this one. Not always the coolest part of Glasgow, the southside has really upped its game in recent years and you can’t walk a few steps without hitting awesome coffee, great beer, gorgeous graffiti, and delicious food.
In our top Glasgow Italian restaurants list, Oro are famous for their incredible pizzas and lush decor. Owner, Domiico, creates amazing pizza art featuring film stars, footballers, and musicians and has won worldwide competitions for them. In fact, they’ve been named as one of the world’s top 100 Italian restaurants outside of Glasgow. Sitting in their impressive restaurant, you can look into the impressive open-plan kitchen and watch all your food being made fresh. Remember and order a tiramisu, it’s the best in the city.
Anything local to look out for?
Scotland’s national stadium, Hamden is just up the road and if there’s not football on, there’s often a great gig happening. If you’re in the South before dinnertime, the National Museum of Scottish Football in Hamden is worth a visit.
The Rum Shack
This is a good shout to end your day in Glasgow and works as well for dinner as it does for a couple (ok a few) drinks. This Caribbean bar and canteen serves up delicious food like curry goat and jerk chicken, all perfect for washing down their fruity cocktails.And if you make it on a nice day, their beer garden is out of this world. They also serve a huge amount of rum, which is the perfect way to get you moving to the live music that’s often playing later in the evening.
The Bungo Bar and Kitchen
Come for the food, stay for the espresso martinis. The Bungo is a Southside institution, serving up global food to the people of Glasgow for manys a year. Their classics like chilli king prawn crispy tacos and goan seafood thali keep the regulars coming back, while they continually draw in new fans with supper club nights with dishes from around the world.
Anything else to do in the Southside?
If trawling pubs isn’t your thing, head to The Glad Cafe. This non-profit bar/restaurant/cafe/venue serves great food and cake ‘til late in the evening and often has comedy nights, film screenings, and other events in their intimate venue space. If trawling pubs is your thing, head to Phillies where there might be some drag bingo happening, The Granary for the “old man’s pub” experience, or wander up to Mount Florida and try out the beer at Clockwork, Glasgow’s littlest brewery.