The best brunch in Glasgow: 21 stand-out spots

This Scottish city has brunch covered, from Biscoff pancake stacks to French platters and artisan coffee

Updated on • Written By Rosie Conroy

The best brunch in Glasgow: 21 stand-out spots

Like all other major cities in the UK, Glasgow has many a good brunch spot where you can while 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 10am and 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.

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Some of these choices are prized for their incredible baked goods, like Kothel or Kaf, while others are all-the-more fantastic for being slightly unusual. Julie's Kopitiam, for instance, serves up a mean 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're never 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 decide which one 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.

Wilson Street Pantry 

Brunch is what Wilson Street Pantry does best, with its beautiful plates of avocado-laden toast and berry-loaded French toast available seven days a week. The brunch plates are all picture perfect, so you can snap a few pics if you’re sitting in. Elsewhere, its coffee is sourced locally from Papercup (based in Glasgow’s West End) and can be ordered to go if you’re in a hurry.  
Where: 6 Wilson Street, G1 1SS
Book now: Wilson Street Pantry

Canteen 58 

Canteen 58 is an all-day affair serving everything from breakfast and brunch to lunch and small plates in the evening. The interiors are bright and colourful and provide the perfect backdrop to a menu where the flavours are just as punchy. Eggs served multiple ways, sweet and savoury toasts and big breakfast bagels are all on offer. Try Eggs Alba, which sees (ironically) an English muffin topped with black pudding, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and paprika, while for something sweet it’s got to be the classic brioche French toast with maple syrup and butter.  
Where: 56 Ingram Street, G1 1EX
Book now: Canteen 58

Browns 

This brasserie and bar is a go-to if you're looking for classic brunch favourites and a relaxed but kind-of swanky vibe. We love the bright blue and yellow colour scheme, black and white checkered flooring and naturally lit interiors. Kick off with a cocktail (or smoothie if you’re feeling virutous) before tucking into mushroom rarebit with cheddar, Worcestershire sauce and chives; smoked pancetta buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and salted seed granola; or Browns lobster benedict for a real treat.   
Where: 1 George Square, G2 1DY
Book now: Browns

Saint Judes 

Saint Judes in central Glasgow is a little bit of everything: restaurant, bar, party spot and corporate venue. At weekends, though, it’s a great place to head for brunch where diners can choose from a well-priced menu of tempting brunch dishes. There's a Biscoff cheesecake pancake stack topped with Biscoff spread, mascarpone, biscuits and caramel for those with an outrageously sweet tooth, or a halloumi stack with guacamole, mushrooms, chilli ketchup and sourdough for savoury fans.  
Where: 190 Bath Street, G2 4HG
Book now: Saint Judes 

Picnic 

This vegan café in Glasgow’s Merchant City was originally set up to offer its residents fresh, ethical and healthy dishes that taste genuinely delicious. It serves food all day, including breakfast which features the likes of porridge topped with bananas, strawberries, raisins, chia, cinnamon and pumpkin seeds, waffles topped with caramel syrup, coconut and whipped cream and a vegan full English served on weekends. Its dishes are prepared freshly every day and its ingredients are sourced locally from sustainable suppliers.  
Where: 103 Ingram Street, G1 1DX
Book now: Picnic 

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 in it as much for the social media snaps as they are the food. The brunch menu includes a reassuring number of Champagnes, gins and cocktails 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
Book now: The Ivy

Singl-End

Whether you’re in the mood for a simple bowl of granola or something more adventurous, Singl-end has something to quell your cravings. Our favourite from the menu is the ultimate brunch burger, which is stacked 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
Book now: Singl-end

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.

Locker 1012

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 pinks with floral touches which creates a celebratory air. There's plenty of joy to be had in a stack of its fat Japanese pancakes, while colourful smoothies and rainbow cakes add to the fun. Should you wish to bring your pup, doggy guests are welcome too.
Where: 1012 Argyle Street, G3 8LX
Book now: Locker 1012

The Brunch Club 

With a name like The Brunch Club, we don’t really have to explain what these guys do best. Serving brunch all day every day, this cute and trendy café offers a mix of classic favourites and more out-there options. There’s homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and fruit compote, eggs however-you-like and cooked breakfast options. For the adventurous (and hungry), find fried chicken and waffles with butter and maple syrup, poke bowls, fish tacos and loaded fries.  
Where: 67 Old Dumbarton Road, G3 8RF
Book now: The Brunch Club

Urban West

This independent café in the heart of the west end has a cosy and buzzy atmosphere, plus a brunch menu packed with crowd-pleasers. As well as things like a full Scottish breakfast 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 it though - this thriving spot has won awards for its menus.
Where: 537 Great Western Road, G12 8HN
Book now: Urban West

Kaf Coffee

Kaf Coffee is only available for takeaway, but it's still worth a visit if you're in the area or looking for brunch on the go! Discover 'focaccia sandos', sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and fantastic freshly-baked sourdough to take home and toast with butter. The coffee is top-drawer, too. 
Where: 5 Hyndland Street, G11 5QE
Book now: Kaf Coffee

Comet Pieces

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
Book now: Comet Pieces

Epicures by Cail Bruich

Plant-based eaters, rejoice! Epicures (which has been taken over by much-loved local restaurant Cail Bruich) has an entirely vegan menu featuring the likes of vegan sausages, vegan haggis, coconut yogurt bowls topped with seasonal fruits and buttermilk fried mushrooms with buffalo hot sauce. Meat-eaters are also catered for by way of dishes like the signature ox tongue and chorizo hash, or a full fry up. 
Where: 159 Hyndland Road, G12 9JA
Book now: Epicures by Cail Bruich

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
Book now: Kember & Jones

Wee Paree

With bistro chairs and striped awnings, you could easily be forgiven for thinking you're on holiday in France 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; a croissant with seasonal berries and cream and the signature Paree Plat which includes French toast, a croissant, conference pear, seasonal berries, French cheese, cream, jam and honey. All that, plus freshly squeezed orange juice and a tea or coffee! We’ll take it, thank you.
Where: 240 Crow Road, G11 7PZ
Book now: Wee Paree

Partick Duck Club

If you’re doing things properly at the Partick Duck Club, you need to order the bloody Mary with homemade siracha as well as something from the duck fat fries selection. To accompany these fine choices, you’ll find breakfast baps and baking - like bacon rolls and 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 other favourites such has shakshuka or eggs Benedict.
Where: 27 Hyndland Street, G11 5QF
Book now: Partick Duck Club

Papercup

Despite being small in stature, Papercup has made a big impact on the Glasgow dining scene. 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 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.
Where: 2 Belmont Lane, G12 8DU
Book now: Papercup

Kothel

This hipster café is part of a small city-wide chain which has become so popular you’ll often find queues outside its doors. It’s the incredible pastries people mainly come for here (thanks to its own in-house bakeries), including an addictive Nutella croissant and hot waffles topped with fresh fruit and honey. If you prefer something savoury, there are warm ciabattas with crispy bacon and your choice of sauce. Foliage-filled interiors with rustic wooden touches and classic tiled floors make it a perfect photo opportunity, too. Should the Great Western Road location not suit, there is also a café on Crow Road near Anniesland and one in Bearsden.
Where: 300 Crow Road, G11 7HS
Book now: Kothel

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.

Kilmurry & Co 

Kilmurry & Co is effortlessly trendy, boasting exposed brick walls, dark wooden furniture and reclaimed fixtures and fittings. It’s just the sort of backdrop you’d want while feasting on boujee brunch plates including pancakes with mascarpone, caramelised banana and peanut butter; toasted sourdough with scrambled eggs, chorizo, avocado and sriracha mayo; and ciabatta with mushrooms, cheddar, onions and mustard. 
Where: 210 Kilmarnock Road, G43 1TY
Book now: Kilmurry & Co

Grain & Grind 

Does anyone else’s mind jump to bread and coffee when hearing the words Grain & Grind? Well, you'd be right, because both those things are on offer at this hip coffee house on Battlefield Road, which is all about well-crafted coffee and fresh seasonal dishes. With an in-shop roaster meaning it can roast all its coffee in small batches for the freshest flavour possible, plus an excellent selection of baked goods, it’s the perfect place to pop in for a pick-me-up in the morning.  
Where: 742 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AD
Book now: Grain & Grind

Julie's Kopitiam

When you tire of eggs and toast, there’s only one thing for it in Glasgow, and that’s to head southside to 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 in Glasgow. Think crispy corn fritters with tamarind chutney and breakfast nasi goreng.
Where: 1109 Pollokshaws Road, G41 3YG
Book now: Julie’s Kopitiam

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 specials available too, so don’t forget to check the board.
Where: 1082 Pollokshaws Road, G41 3XA
Book now: Cafe Strange Brew

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