Shawlands five reasons it rocks

Keep Shawlands Strange

Says Cafe Strangebrew.  We’re not really that strange, just a bit more laid-back and chilled than our west end cousins.

The rest of the world has caught up with the knowledge that Shawlands is a great place to live. Us locals knew it, and now it has been named one of the best places to live in Scotland with The Sunday Times including Shawlands in its guide to the most desirable locations to live in the UK.

I’ve lived here for over ten years now and it’s been great seeing the area grow in confidence, and that others see it as a great location to live in as well.  You can keep Finnieston! So here are five reasons why Shawlands rocks:

1. Transport

Both rail and bus services in Shawlands are darn good.  You can be in the city centre in ten minutes. Or on the M8 or M77 even quicker.

Shawlands Southside glasgow
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2. Restaurants and pubs

From the Wetherspoons to the quirky Butterfly and the Pig South to the stylish Agenda 87, there’s a pub for every kind of drinker and for staying out late there’s the Waverley Tea Rooms and the (in)famous Shed nightclub.

Foodwise there’s Black Dove, Oro (formerly Bella Napoli), Salt & Vinegar or is Dominos pizza more your thing?  Relax over brunch at Cafe Strangebrew, lunch at Bell & Felix and dinner at Pazzo.

Cafe Strange Brew Shawlands Christmas
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3. Shopping

Independent shops abound especially around Skirving Street.  From bargain clothes at Glad Rags to Young’s Interesting Books to gifts at Paperplane.  Then there’s the fortnightly farmers’ market, Morrisons, Co-op, Lidl and more.

Young's interesting books Shawlands Southside glasgow
Young’s Interesting Books/Facebook

4. Southside Fringe

The community-led festival is growing every year.  From buskers in shops to the crazy mac and cheese festival Pastaval.  There’s something for everyone.

Shawlands Southside glasgow
Southside Fringe/Facebook

5. Countryside

Slap bang in the middle of a gaggle of greenery.  Pollok Park, Queens Park and more are a short wandering distance away.

Pollok park highland cow hieland coo
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Of course there’s reason number six as well: the people, but that’s a given somewhere so strange.  So don’t be scared if you typically just venture out to the city centre or west end, come south instead!

Here’s some inspiration on what to do when in Shawlands.

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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. Stuart Forster

    Brings back memories. I wandered around the area on my way into Queen’s Park and loved the views over Glasgow from the hill inside the park.

    1. Glasgow Foodie

      Was just at the park on Saturday, what a view eh?

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