Like all other major cities in the UK, Glasgow has many a good brunch spot where you can wile away a few hours with friends over a couple of perfectly cooked eggs and – should we be so bold as to suggest it – a glass or two of bubbles. The only problem is separating the great from the good. Luckily, we’ve done the leg work for you here with our round up of the best brunches in Glasgow.
There are a few pockets of Scotland’s largest city that seem to be the epicentre of the best brunch in Glasgow, namely the west end and the south side. Each of these hubs is home to cafes and restaurants on every corner which put their best foot forward some time between around 10am-2pm each weekend to curb the cravings of hungry foodies with their creations. One thing all our favourite brunch places in Glasgow have in common is that they serve an excellent cup of coffee, because we can’t imagine a world where you wouldn’t want to start your day with a good hit of caffeine.
Some of our choices we prize for their incredible baked goods, like Kothel or Kaf and others are our favourite for being decidedly more unusual. Julie's Kopitiam, for instance, will give you a taste of a Malaysian brunch packed full of fragrant flavours and chilli warmth (which is perfect for those cool Scottish mornings).
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We’ve categorised the best brunch in Glasgow by area, so that wherever you are you shouldn’t be too far from some avocado on toast. So, whether you’re meeting your mum or your mates, we think we’ve got you covered with the best brunches in Glasgow below. All that’s left for you to do is to decide on which takes your fancy.
Best brunches in central Glasgow
Shopping in central or stopping off on your way to getting a train somewhere? These delicious brunch places in Glasgow’s city centre will set you up for whatever you have planned.
The Ivy Buchanan Street
For out and out glamour you can’t beat The Ivy for its glitzy edge and spread of classic dishes. Here you’ll find attentive service and a crowd who are here as much for the social media snaps as they are the food. The brunch menu includes a reassuring quantity of Champagne, gin and cocktail listings to compliment things like avocado Benedict with thick cut chips or hot buttermilk pancakes with berries, yogurt, lemon balm and a warm strawberry sauce.
Where: 106 Buchanan Street, G1 2NB
Whether you’re in the mood for a simple bowl of granola or some eggs on toast or something more adventurous, Singl-End as something to quell your cravings. Our favourite from the menu is the ultimate brunch burger which is stacked up with streaky bacon, halloumi, nduja caramelised onions and a fried egg. Children are also catered for, if you’re bringing the whole gang, by way of a kids’ menu featuring smaller plates of eggs or sweet French toast with maple syrup.
Where: 15 John Street, G1 1HP
Le Petit Cochon
Would you forgive us for just the slightest hint of an ‘oh la la’ for this one? There’s something immediately admirable about a short menu, indicating a confident kitchen, and Le Petit Cochon has just that. The handful of choices include three crepe options – one with creamed spinach, gruyere and a fried egg, the next with ham, gruyere and a fried egg and the last combining potato, bacon, caramelised onions and mushrooms. If they don’t take your fancy you might prefer croque madame, waffles with a crispy duck leg or smashed avocado on sourdough. This pretty much sums up the entire menu, but we think you will agree it’s a tempting selection.
Where: 9 Radnor Street, G3 7UA
Specialising in catering to all dietary requirements Locker 1012 is the perfect place for mixed groups to enjoy a frivolous weekend feast. Interiors are decked out in pastel pink with floral touches which create a celebratory air that pair perfectly with the fat Japanese pancakes which are equally as jolly. Colourful smoothies and rainbow cakes all add to the fun, and should you wish to bring your pup, doggy guests are welcome too.
Where: 1012 Argyle Street, Finnieston, G3 8LX
Best brunches in the west end of Glasgow
Handily located near the university and the botanic gardens, Glasgow’s west end is a thriving area for a delicious weekend brunch. These are a few of our favourite places for you to add to your list next time you’re in the area.
This independent café in the heart of the west end has a cosy and buzzy atmosphere on any given weekend morning, thanks to its menu packed with crowd-pleasers. As well as things like a full Scottish breakfasts and avocado on toast you’ll find waffles and American pancakes which can be topped with a choice of bacon blueberries and maple syrup; berry compote with granola or Nutella and fresh strawberries. Don’t just take our word for this brunch in Glasgow being good, this thriving spot has won awards for its menus.
Where: 537 Great Western Road, G12 8HN
As with many places in our round up of the best brunch places in Glasgow, Kaf is a teeny tiny hole in the wall type café which can only hold a handful of people. This small size adds to its charm, and will give you a strange sense of satisfaction should you wish to secure a seat. Once you’re parked you’ll find a concise menu that is centred around the café’s signature Scandi plates. This unique serve includes crispy bacon, a boiled egg, cheese, new potato, tomatoes, houmous, sourdough, fruit and a granola yoghurt pot all displayed on a little platter. There Is a vegan option too, as well as plenty of freshly baked goods and top-drawer coffee to boot.
Where: 5 Hyndland Street, Partick, G11 5QE
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Majoring in food which makes use of the best Scottish produce, Comet Pieces is ideal for locavores. The signature rolls are stuffed to their seams and the perfect indulgent way to start your day. Fillings stuffed into the classic crispy baps include combinations like haggis and hash browns or slow cooked pulled pork with mac and cheese. To ensure you’re fully fuelled for your day make sure not to skip the Nutella hot chocolate which comes with mini waffle bites on the side.
Where: 150 Queen Margaret Drive, G20 8NY
Epicures by Cail Bruich
Plant-based eaters rejoice, Epicures (which has been taken over by much-loved local restaurant Cail Bruich recently) has an entirely vegan menu which features vegan sausages and vegan haggis as well as coconut yogurt bowls topped with seasonal fruits and all kinds of textural elements, or else there are buttermilk fried mushrooms with buffalo hot sauce for a good dose of dirty food too. Meat eaters are also catered for by way of dishes like the signature ox tongue and chorizo hash or a full fry up (of which there is a veggie version too).
Where: 159 Hyndland Road, Glasgow G12 9JA
Kember & Jones
Found near the university, on Byres Road, Kember & Jones’ two floors are rarely quiet, stuffed with chatty groups of yummy mummies and students alike. Homemade baking is the star of the show here, with fresh sourdough taking centre stage in many of the brunch dishes. The café’s own signature coffee blend helps wash things down nicely, and there are also fresh juices to hand should you wish to boost your 5-a-day.
Where: 134 Byres Road, G12 8TD
With bistro chairs and striped awnings, you could be forgiven for thinking this sweet spot is across the English Channel rather than right in the middle of Glasgow’s west end. We love the vintage interiors which make for a fun and lively spot to enjoy brunch from. Here you’ll find French toast – naturellement – with wild mushrooms, gruyere and crispy shallots as well as a croissant with seasonal berries and cream and the signature Paree Plat. This serving includes French toast, a croissant, conference pear, seasonal berries, and French cheese, served with cream, jam and honey. For just £13 you get all this plus a freshly squeezed orange juice and a tea or coffee. We’ll take it, thank you.
Where: 240 Crow Road, G11 7PZ
Partick Duck Club
If you’re doing things properly at the Partick Duck Club you’re doing two things. Firstly, you’re ordering the bloody Mary with homemade siracha, and secondly, you’re taking your pick from the duck fat fries selection. To accompany these fine choices you’ll find breakfast baps and baking - like fresh cinnamon buns - as well as meatier choices such as a full breakfast that includes house-made hash browns, brown sauce, black pudding, a fried egg, bacon, sausages and mushrooms. Elsewhere there are all kinds of favourites such has shakshuka or eggs Benedict. This is properly delicious comfort food with not an ounce of a superfood in sight.
Where: 27 Hyndland Street, Partick, G11 5QF
Despite being small in stature, Papercup has made a big impact on the Glasgow dining scene since opening. With coffee being one of the most important aspects of any morning ritual, it’s comforting to know that Papercup takes this drink seriously with its own roastery and café a short walk from its main site on the Great Western Road. The brunch menu here changes regularly, so make sure to keep an eye on social media for updates, but you’ll be sure to find a range of more unusual options among traditional plates. A recent favourite of ours is the beef bulgogi omelette, which is served with slow cooked brisket, green onions, fermented chilli, an Asian slaw, coriander and peanuts.
Where: 2 Belmont Lane, G12 8DU
This hipster café is part of a small city-wide chain which has become so popular you’ll find queues outside its doors regularly. With its own bakeries it’s the pastries people mainly come for here, which include an addictive Nutella croissant which we’d eat a couple of alone for brunch. For something more substantial, but sticking to the sweet theme, there are hot waffles topped with fresh fruit and honey or if you prefer savoury there are warm ciabattas with crispy bacon and your choice of sauce. For that all important photo op this is a foliage filled space with rustic wooden touches and classic tiled floors. Should the Great Western Road location not suit, there is also a café on Crow Road near Anniesland and one in Bearsden too.
Where: 300 Crow Road, G11 7HS
Best brunches in the southside of Glasgow
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the centre of town is the perennially popular southside, which is always a buzz with families and students alike. Take a moment out of the madness and enjoy one of these delicious brunch spots for a weekend treat.
When you tire of eggs and toast, there’s only one thing for it in Glasgow, and that’s to head southside and to all the fragrance of Julie’s Kopitiam. You might recognise owner Julie from her stint on MasterChef, where she impressed the judges with her Malaysian dishes which she now serves up to eager fans of her food in Glasgow. Think crispy corn fritters with a tamarind chutney or a breakfast nasi goreng - this is an unusual brunch option in Glasgow in the best way possible.
Where: 1109 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G41 3YG
A café that serves brunch every day until 3.30pm is surely a friend of ours, and Gnom does just that. Stop by this small southside eatery to enjoy punchy dishes from the kitchen like jalapeno and cheddar cornbreads with salsa and poached eggs or pea and chive hotcakes with avocado, chipotle squash and sourdough. Sweet tooths can be satisfied by way of butterscotch banana French toast with cinnamon oat crumble and mascarpone or by treating yourself to pudding with one of the ever-changing homemade cakes on display.
Where: 758 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AE
Cafe Strange Brew
This dog-friendly café in the heart of Shawlands has a decidedly friendly feel, with staff and customers alike part of a cool local set. There’s often a queue here at weekends, so make sure you get in early before the peak rush. You’ll be well rewarded with a menu that includes a moreish chorizo hash, salted caramel pancake stacks and vegan breakfast burritos. There are also usually specials too, so don’t forget to check the board.
Where: 1082 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G41 3XA
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