5 of the Best Coffee Shops in Glasgow

It wasn’t so long ago when Glasgow trailed neighbour Edinburgh when it came to speciality coffee. The port city, however, has been catching up fast through a new breed of coffee shop. Speciality coffee is thriving in Glasgow and so are the venues that provide it. Here are five of those venues proving popular among coffee-lovers right now.

Meadow Road

Its simplistic layout, with seating alongside the windows and counter at the back, is perfect for those who simply want to relax and enjoy their coffee. Its kitchen also impresses with the food matching the exceptionally high standards of its coffee. Meadow Road’s bespoke espresso blend is sourced from Glasgow’s Dear Green Coffee, with a single-origin on filter, joined by a different guest each week.

Its relaxed atmosphere is also perfect for those who enjoy a good read with their coffee. Reading is a great inclusion in a morning routine, with research proving that 6 minutes of reading a day can reduce stress levels by 68%. With that in mind, it would be wise to do so before the start of the working day, which explains why reading is advised in such personal developments phenomenons as the Miracle Morning.

The Steamie

The Steamie is a cosy coffee shop. The mishmash of old furniture and coffee-related paraphernalia is a coffee lover’s dream, perfectly completing the quality drinks that are served here. Along with its recycled wooden tables of varying shapes and sizes, the décor features wooden flooring, hanging filament bulbs, and exposed brick.

The has a definite leaning towards coffee and provides a wide variety of brewing methods. They even sell hand brewing kits, vacuum flasks, and filter papers, making this a perfect venue for coffee bean fans.

Jelly Hill

The coffee shop has managed to maintain its quirky vibe with, somewhat appropriately, a huge bowl of jelly beans, which sits upon the counter. Dangerously enough, they’re free, and close enough to the till to tempt customers on the way out as well. The generous seating area, which comes with heating lamps, means that a seat is typically easy enough to come by. It’s a great place to come for those who have some time on their hands, where they can sit by the window, which offers great views and opportunities for some serious people watching.

The coffee is generously priced and comes with a tablet, just to ensure a sugar rush.

Coffee and Craic

A coffee shop for the Gaelic community, enabling them to meet, access learning materials and classes, and bring their children along to study Gaelic medium educations. Its also great tourists, and in fact, anyone who wishes to know more about Gaelic heritage and culture.

The venue is centred around a single but huge table, perfectly suited for their classes. The social enterprise serves up locally sourced and high quality coffees, along with delicious baked goods.

Smile Cafe Central

The perfect spot for anyone who likes their coffee shop to convey an authentic Italian atmosphere. The elegant cornicing, with a stunning ceiling rose at its core, never fails to strike anyone who walks through the door. It’s easy to be impressed with its surroundings, the warm Italian greeting, and the quality of beverages.

It’s great for anyone looking for a bite to eat, with its menu every bit as Italian as its drinks selection, serving up pasta salad options and Italian meat-filled paninis. Smile Cafe Central has two branches, one on Queen Margaret Drive and another on Douglas Street.