Best Coffee Shops in Glasgow

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Is it the coffee? The atmosphere? Or both?  Glasgow has the best coffee shops around so venture out and try out some of these.

Laboratorio Espresso

A good blast of a coffee in here, from affogatos to cold brewed with frequent changes to their beans – keep an eye on their social media for the latest news.

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Laboratorio Espresso

Papercup Coffee and Roasting Company

Delicious coffee and food in this cosy west end joint.  Check out their omelettes.

Bell & Felix

Illy coffee served here with all the favourites such as flat white, cappuccino and more.  Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and very tempting cakes.

McCune Smith

This bright and welcoming cafe is a highlight east of the city centre.  Again, good choice of cakes here as well as lunch options.  Dear Green Coffee on sale both to drink and to make at home.

The Glad Cafe

Creative southside venue with a varying menu.  The Glad Cafe serves its coffees and teas in a laid back atmosphere, an easy place to spend a few hours with a coffee and a laptop.

Tinderbox and Tinderbox

2 locations, one east, one west. Personally I find it a bitter coffee, however I have friends who rave about it. One of the original coffee houses of Glasgow with cakes, lunches, and drinks from local producers.  The Merchant City location is located where the original Glasgow School of Art stood.

Jelly Hill Cafe

Can be mobbed at the weekend but this is the place to be in Hyndland for people watching as well as cake eating and sipping coffee.   The wooden seating adds another layer of – I could safely sit here all day feel.

Gordon Street Coffee

With a standard roast and a “Glasgow Roast”, Gordon Street Coffee are proud of their on-site roasting.  You can visit them on a Wednesday evening to see the roasting in action – see here for our visit.  Handy for picking up a coffee on the go.

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Inside Gordon Street coffee

Offshore Cafe

Popular student hang out  it’s laptops and coffee abound here.  Competition from Artisan Roast nearby – which is good but Offshore edges a bit ahead due to the relaxed atmosphere.

Riverhill Coffee Bar

The only downside here is the shortage of space for a decent sit down to enjoy their coffee and amazing cakes.


Food by The  Vintage of Leith fame with light, creamy coffee.  We haven’t tried their espressos, however their flat whites weren’t bitter at all.

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Drygate Coffee

Smile Cafe

This is a great little Italian-run cafe.  Kimbo coffee with perfect crema, doorstep sandwiches and friendly staff. It’s a dinky place but well worth finding.

Tapa organic bakery

Two locations, one in Duke st, Dennistoun and the other at 721 Pollokshaws Road just at Queens Park. The beans are roasted on site and the cafe is proud of their organic roots.  Vegans and vegetarians catered for too!

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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  1. Marion

    Thank you for all these great addresses !! I tried some and I agree : the coffee was excellent !! What best than a good coffee to start the day ?

    1. Glasgow Foodie

      Thanks for letting us know and glad you enjoyed them too x

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