Scotland’s second city has finally shed its hidden gem status and become a trendy destination for culture and gastronomy, where everything is approached with a laid-back attitude. Exploring Glasgow, you’ll witness streetwear apt for fashion weeks, coffee shops grinding artisanal beans, charismatic small businesses, excellent independent restaurants, and so many well-loved dogs you won’t have time to pet them all. Vegans, makers, music lovers and anyone who enjoys green spaces will love this city, as will those who appreciate mouth-watering and innovative food. The queues forming outside cafés and restaurants on weekend mornings testify to a particular foodie favourite of Glasgow residents: brunch. Many coffee shops here don’t open before 9am – even on weekdays, so you won’t be surprised to discover that a relaxed brunch is just another facet of the city’s slow living. Covering every corner of the city, this is where to find the best brunch in Glasgow.
Hinba Coffee Roasters, West End
After the success of their seafront branch on Scotland’s west coast, Hinba’s young owners, Ferg and Ness, decided to join Glasgow’s caffeine cult and opened their second one here in 2022. The couple developed their new place with Eighty Eight, the veggie-led restaurant next door, meaning their focus can remain on artisanal coffee while one of Glasgow’s best restaurants delivers iterations of baked eggs and shakshuka to hungry customers. Don’t overlook the fresh empanadas inspired by Ferg’s upbringing in Argentina. A minimal interior and bar-stool seating suit the effortless aesthetic but may not work for those who prefer a table. Hinba also moonlights as a cocktail bar serving up enticingly experimental classics, so head down on a Sunday when you can get the best of both in its boozy brunch offering.
Address: 86 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6NX
Oscar Bar & Kitchen, Southside
Brunch is taken seriously at this smart restaurant and wine bar in Glasgow’s Southside, and including a vegan menu especially appeals to herbivores. However, that’s not to say meat- and dairy lovers are sidelined. Options like the Parma, a focaccia with prosciutto, tomatoes, parmesan crumb and poached eggs, or the Greek-inspired Spanakopita, complete with sauteéd spinach, dill, feta, and poached eggs on pita, leave them spoilt for choice. The pulled-pork Korean burger is ideal for those veering towards the ‘lunch’ in ‘brunch’. Meanwhile, vegans can opt for numerous toppings on their maple pancakes or choose from more unique dishes, including the Dulce Tata – pita bread with chickpea cream, sweet potato, spinach, mushrooms, and garden verde.
Address: 1 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 3YN