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The 10 Best Coffee Shops In Glasgow, Scotland

The 10 Best Coffee Shops In Glasgow, Scotland
Scotland may be better known for its whisky, but its coffee scene is also alive and well, with Glasgow at the forefront. The city abounds with coffee shops and artisan roasters on a mission to prove that Glasgow knows its caffeine. Here are 10 top coffee shops to try.
Tinderbox, Glasgow © duncan c/Flickr

Tinderbox

Cafe, Coffee Shop, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, Coffee, Tea , $$$
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One of the original pioneers of Glasgow’s coffee movement, this family-owned coffee shop now has three locations throughout the city, and the one on Ingram Street is by far the most welcoming: head upstairs and settle into a cozy leather armchair. Atmospheric, unpretentious, and serving potent and mouthwatering coffee, there’s no downside to Tinderbox.
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Papercup

This tasteful and stylish spot serves exemplary coffee as well as an ever-changing selection of sandwiches, baked goods, and even omelettes. Avid customers can buy beans by the bag to take home, and the shop also offers training sessions for those who are interested in learning about the roasting process.

Papercup, 603 Great Western Road, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 339 7822

Artisan Roast

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , Gluten-free, $$$
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Artisan Roast
Artisan Roast | © Jon Mountjoy/Flickr
Talk of coffee shops in Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without Artisan Roast, a stalwart on the caffeine scene. The good people of this coffee shop buy their beans directly from farmers, roast them in-house multiple times per week, and serve them up in their minimalist, no-frills fashion, letting the java itself take centre stage.
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McCune Smith

Cafe, Coffee, British, $$$
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This cafe is named after Dr James McCune Smith, an Enlightenment-era abolitionist and academic who became the first African-American to hold a degree in medicine; something he earned at the University of Glasgow having been refused entry to American universities. Soak up the fascinating history at a sun-dappled table over a cup of joe and an artisanal sandwich or a bramble and panna-cotta tart.
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Peña

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , British, European, $$$
Housed in a building which formerly served as a recording studio frequented by Glasgow-based bands such as Snow Patrol, this funky coffee shop retains a sense of individuality. Peña is notable for two things: the coffee, and the toasties. Go for the Nigella toastie; almonds, ricotta, white chocolate, and raspberry.
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Meadow Road Coffee

Using beans from Dear Green Coffee Roasters, a cult-favorite Glaswegian brand, this Thornwood café is small in size but churns out delicious and reasonably-priced beverages. The flat whites are particularly good, and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings a plain coffee is just £1.

Meadow Road Coffee, 579 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 782 858 7250

Laboratorio Espresso

Bar, Cafe, European, Coffee, $$$
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Laboratorio Espresso
Laboratorio Espresso | © Thomas Mathie
For an Italian-inspired espresso bar, look no further than Laboratorio Espresso, which boasts award-winning architecture and design, a bespoke coffee blend provided by Dear Green Coffee Roasters, and a weekly ‘special’ espresso option. This coffee shop takes its craft very seriously, and the attention to detail pays off.
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Laboratorio Espresso © Thomas Mathie

The Glad Café

Cafe, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Coffee, Tea , $$$
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Glad Café
Glad Café | © Graham Campbell/Flickr
This Southside café is a perennial classic, covering all the bases with great coffee and equally good food, baked goods, beer on tap, a constantly-changing art selection on the walls, and frequent film screenings, plays, and performances by local musical guests. This is a haven for Glasgow’s creative folk, and is the perfect place to sip some coffee and immerse yourself in artistic pursuits.
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