Best breakfast in Glasgow: 8 places to get your morning scran

Hankering for a tattie scone? We've got you covered.

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Best breakfast in Glasgow: 8 places to get your morning scran

On the hunt for Glasgow’s best breakfast? That’s not an easy thing to find, but for good reasons - Glasgow is packed with great breakfast and brunch spots all over the city. Perhaps intertwined with the culinary resurgence in the city, Glasgow’s coffee and breakfast scene is incredibly exciting these days. It isn’t just about the breakfast spots themselves, but everything surrounding them - food and produce in the city is getting better and better, and Scottish coffee roasters are really upping the game for the city’s coffee connoisseurs too.


As usual we’ve been out and about looking for the best breakfast places in Glasgow, to bring out a definitive list of our absolute favourites. Below you’ll find a range of options for all moods - if you’re looking for a hefty Scottish breakfast that’ll see you through a big day of drinking, we’ve definitely got that covered. Or, if your vibe is more of a gentle cafe, where the sound of milk steaming whirs over the chatter of morning catch-ups, and you just want a good coffee and a pastry, we’ve got that too.

You may well have come to Glasgow in search of the mythical full Scottish breakfast, which frankly is just a better version of a full English. Scotland’s version often includes a legendary tattie scone (a potato scone) and sometimes a bit of haggis too, which takes this hearty brekkie to the next level and then some.

So, whether it’s a hangover cure or a cosy morning coffee hangout you want, we’ve got it here in our list of the best breakfasts in Glasgow. Have a wee scroll down the list, or click here for more breakfast restaurants in Glasgow.

Cafe Gandolfi

breakfast at cafe gandolfi

What: Cafe Gandolfi’s welcoming, wabi-sabi timber vibes have made it one of Glasgow’s top restaurants, but it’s well worth a visit for breakfast too. There are lots of options, from a scrambled egg roll to a simple croissant, but we reckon the full Gandolfi Scottish is the mandatory order.
Where: 64 Albion Street, G1 1NY
Book now: Cafe Gandolfi

The Hyndland Café

barista at hyndland cafe

What: The Hyndland Café is an intrinsic part of this Glasgow neighbourhood, sitting on the corner of Clarence Drive for a century. All these years later it’s still a bustling breakfast spot, with a kitchen that churns out poached eggs and all day breakfasts, as well as bowls of porridge and muesli.
Where: 96 Clarence Drive, G12 9RN
Book now: The Hyndland Café

Down to Earth

healthy granola bowl at down to earth

What: Flexitarian breakfast spot Down to Earth is the destination of choice for anyone who prefers to go plant-based or vegan in the mornings, though there are a few options for meat-eaters too. The poached egg Buddha bowl ticks all the boxes - healthy, delicious and energy-giving for the rest of your day.
Where: 351 Dumbarton Road, G11 6AL
Book now: Down to Earth

Kember & Jones

poached eggs on greens at kember and jones

What: Kember & Jones is a perennial breakfast favourite in Glasgow, and with good reason - this gorgeous cafe and food emporium is just a great hang. The breakfast menu is as classic as you get with ham and cheese croissants, fresh fruit granola, and a cracking selection of patisserie and cakes.
Where: 134 Byres Road, G12 8TD
Book now: Kember & Jones


scran breakfast toastie

What: Scran has been mega-popular since it opened, with queues appearing regularly outside this Barras Market spot. The breakfast menu leans towards quality Glasgow producers and Scottish produce, offering eggy breakfasts, brunch buns, breakfast rolls and brioche French toast.
Where: 239 London Road, G40 1PE
Book now: Scran

Café Strange Brew

pancake stack at strange brew

What: Strange Brew is a compact little operation but what it does, it does really well - proper coffee and a lovely little breakfast menu that includes everything from eggs and Scottish oats to a deluxe French toast. The pared-back interiors are nice too, but bear in mind that Strange Brew is popular so you might have to queue at peak breakfast times.
Where: 1082 Pollokshaws Road, G41 3XA
Book now: Café Strange Brew

Off the Rails

off the rails coffee

What: Off the Rails is heavily inspired by the legendary New York deli Katz’s Deli, and it bangs out some terrific breakfast bagels as well as hulking deli-style sandwich stacks. In fact there’s a Katz’s Deli tribute bagel that is worth checking out, stuffed with pastrami, cheese, pickled onion and hollandaise sauce.
Where: 1A Dundas Street, G1 2AH
Book now: Off the Rails


eggs and greens at ziques

What: A neat refurb in 2020 provided a welcome redesign for this Hyndland favourite, which used to be called Cafezique. We love the industrial chic style in here now, and the popular brunch is still alive and well too, dishing up hefty cooked breakfasts as well as a variety of eggs, smashed avocado and treats from the in-house bakery.
Where: 66 Hyndland Street, G11 5PT
Book now: Zique's

If breakfast sounds a bit early in the day for you, don't fret - we've also got the best brunches in Glasgow so you can still get your tattie scones in without disturbing your beauty sleep. 

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