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Quick guide to eating in Glasgow

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You ran out of ideas about what and where to eat in Glasgow? You don’t know the city very well but are hungry? You want a culinary experience in your trip? Visit Glasgow comes to your rescue-

Eating veggie for a few pounds

Glasgow has an excellent range of vegetarian and vegan restaurants where you can eat very well at a great price. In the 13th note, you can order a really good burger for around 3 pounds. And with the way the food tastes (especially their vegetarian haggis) you will not miss meat. If you have no other plans, you can make your way downstairs for a gig, or cross the street to Mono. Here, you’ll also find live music and vegan food, and they also have their own mini-brewery! If you’re in Glasgow on a Thursdays after 7pm, stop by the 78, where you can eat a 3 course menu for around -£10 while listening to the Mungo’s HiFi. The night is called Dub ‘n’ Grub, and is very popular, so it is advisable to book in advance or arrive early.

More of an experience for a few more pounds
You can sample excellent Scottish cuisine at a good price in Glasgow. Arisaig, in the Merchant City, has mouthwatering venison sausages. It is situated in the Merchant Square, a covered space with plenty of bars, so you will not have to go far to get a nightcap!

Not far away from Arisaig is Cafe Gandolfi, one of the best fish restaurants in town. Any dish here feels like a treat. An impressive menu and wine list is nicely accompanied by that little sparkle of luxury: the crisp white tablecloth and napkin. Dine here and you’ll feel a million dollars.

Stravaigin, in the West End’s Gibson Street, is one of Glasgow’s most-loved restaurants. There is an above-the-average theatre menu and an impressive à la carte, with solid dishes impeccably cooked.

Upstairs at the Chip is a brasserie -the more affordable version of the renowned Ubiquitous Chip. Situated in Ashton Lane (a must-visit spot for a drink), the adjacent pub boasts having more whiskies than any other in town. Upstairs at the Chip delivers traditional cuisine with a trendy twist and the puddings are particularly impressive.

If you are looking for something more continental, then head down the road to the Brel, where, in addition to a broad selection of beers (including banana beer!) you’ll find tasty soup and sandwich deals for lunch, proper moules et frites, and a more grown up and hearty dinner menu.

But if you are tired, or cold, or want comfort food, why not head to Mother India for a curry? This is Alex Kapranos‘ favourite restaurant in town. Be experimental and try the lamb with ladyfingers and the fish pakora. You will not regret it.

A special meal to celebrate
If you have money to spend or something important to celebrate Michael Caines at the Abode Hotel is one Glasgow’s most exclusive restaurants. A dinner for two à la carte costs about -£125, including 12% gratuity (which the impeccable service, relaxed yet attentive, totally deserves). The wine list is stunning, and the menu is sourced from the highest quality local ingredients. If you can, do try the pork belly. Do not forget to book in advance!

Laura Gonzalez


Laura Gonzalez is the Editor of Visit Glasgow. She is an artist and writer whose practice encompasses drawing, photography and sculpture, and her work has been exhibited in the UK, Spain and Portugal. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx's footsteps with her camera, she lectures postgraduate students at the Glasgow School of Art.

One Response to “Quick guide to eating in Glasgow”

  1. Jacqui says:


    I will soon be staying at the Glasgow Hilton Grosvenor on Great Western Street for a function. Please could someone advise me if there are any vegetarian/vegan places to eat nearby to this hotel.

    Many Thanks

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