Scotland may be more celebrated for its whisky, but its coffee scene is also putting it on the map – and edgy, creative Glasgow is, as you might imagine, at the forefront. The city has coffee shops and artisan roasters at every turn, all on a mission to prove that their hometown is clued-up about caffeine. Here are the best coffee shops in Glasgow for you.
The Best Coffee Shops in Glasgow, Scotland
You’ll find this world-class coffee shop on West Nile St. They often win awards for best coffee in the UK and even further afield. The owners are always on the lookout for great ideas to bring back to Glasgow to up their coffee game even further – one for the coffee aficionados.
One of the pioneers of Glasgow’s coffee movement, this family-owned coffee shop now has six locations throughout the city, each working with local suppliers. It all began in 1998 when the brand set up shop with its first outlet in the West End at 189 Byres Road. However, the one on Ingram Street, Tinderbox Merchant City, is by far the most seductive, split over two floors: head upstairs and settle into an inviting leather armchair. It’s unpretentious and serves various treats, from pastries to bento boxes, as well as the perfect pick-me-up coffee.
The sort of coffee shop with big comfy lounge seats, indulgent treats and friendly staff that all adds up to mean you’ll want to stay for a second cup. The coffee ain’t half bad either of course.
Actually, it’s pretty damn fantastic.
The Cran focuses on great vegan and vegetarian food, cakes and great coffee. The coffee from The Good Coffee Cartel is spot on as the owners previously worked at the best Glaswegians speciality coffee shops and competed in the UK Barista Championships. The Cran’s cosy interior designed as a ship deck refers to the history of the part of Glasgow where ships would be built in the past. It also hosts many artists and pop-up vendors, so the chances are high you find something unique here every time you visit Finnieston quarter.
Papercup Coffee Company
With the years of a constantly full coffee shop, Papercup has already gained the status of a specialty coffee institution in Glasgow. It is sometimes hard to get a seat at this famous independent cafe, but if you succeed, order a cup of their own roast, perhaps with a tasty breakfast to come with it. The Papercup is famous for the brews as well for constantly delivering one of the best pours in your milky coffees in the whole Glasgow. If you want to enjoy their coffee on its own or perhaps with an amazing banana bread, in a peaceful environment, take the opportunity to sit down at their new roastery, hidden in a lane not far from the original shop.
In the thick of the West End, by Kelvingrove Park, Artisan Roast is a coffee stalwart – it began spreading the good-caffeine word in Broughton Street, Edinburgh, in 2007. Now Artisan Roast is in Gibson Street, by the park, as well in both Stockbridge and Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Beans are bought directly from farmers, to be roasted in-house many times per week, and served up in a minimalist, no-frills fashion that lets the java itself take centre stage. A nice touch – if you’ve got caffeine fiends for friends – is the gift subscription (from £63) for a monthly 250g bag of beans for six months or a year.
The Good Coffee Cartel
Take the subway from the city center and get off at Kinning Park, where you will find the newest speciality coffee roastery in Glasgow. The owners Courtney and Todd always serve a spot-on coffee. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn more about coffee you would not find a better place in the city than here, where the owners are always open to chat about it, answering all your questions.
A little cafe that makes a huge difference. After delivering more than 500,000 free food packs across Scotland during lockdown it’s great to have Social Bite back serving their tasty breakfasts, sandwiches and coffees at their cafe on St Vincent Street. A social enterprise helping to tackle homelessness, every purchase made helps towards their goal.