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Where To Eat In Glasgow

Despite being the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has long lived in Edinburgh’s shadow when it comes to restaurants and fine dining. But despite what you may think, the city has come a long way from its Tennents Super and fried Mars bars beginnings. With a whole host of new eateries having opened up, you can now find everything from a hangover-curing bowl of pho to natural wine and chefs that are breathing new life into traditional Scottish cuisine. A city that is filled with some very friendly and outspoken locals, we couldn’t think of a better place to break some bread and enjoy a glass (or two) of whiskey. So whatever your taste, budget or dietary requirements, these are the best restaurants in Glasgow to book now.

2023 August 01

Hanoi Bike Shop

Vietnamese wouldn’t be the first cuisine you think of when you think of Glasgow, which makes this unassuming restaurant all the more tastier. Nestled away in the cobbled streets of Glasgow’s West End, The Hanoi Bike Shop makes you feel immediately welcome with its rustic décor of bikes and lanterns hanging from its ceilings, transporting you to the streets of

Hanoi. Try the sticky rice cakes which are filled with melty pork belly or tofu (which is handmade from scratch every day), while their glass-noodle salads and wok-fried greens are hard to beat. A trip would not be complete however without an order of pho, where you can build your own, choosing a base of choice, any extras and spices level. To top it off, order the traditional phin filter coffee, a freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee served in a metallic filter pot that slowly drips into a layer of condensed milk.

Paesano Pizza

Whether it's a late-night greasy slice in NYC or a simplistic wood-oven baked marinara, there's something about pizza that always hits the spot. But not all pizza is made equal and, if you ask any local, Paesano Pizza is the place that does it best. Serving up traditional and authentic Neapolitan pizzas that are made to order, you’ll find all the classics, plus a creative range of special toppings such as grilled aubergine, ricotta and fresh Tuscan fennel sausage. With two locations in the heart of the city, it’s always lively at the weekends, making it one of the best places to eat in Glasgow with friends.


When you need a break from whiskey or the hangover is hitting hard, follow the eclectic local crowd to Sylvan. Boasting one of Glasgow’s best natural wine lists, Sylvan also specialises in plant-based dishes, with everything from salty Padron peppers that have been perfectly scorched to the even more exotic ‘Hen of the Woods’ (a type of fungai that is meaty in texture and grows at the base of trees) battered and clad in a miso gravy and topped by shredded tarragon. Small plates are meant for sharing and will have you forgetting that you are eating completing vegetarian or vegan, as is the case with the chocolate stout cake, served warm with a malted cream – we are in the highlands after all.


Ottolenghi obsessed? Head straight to Alchemilla, a slick, industrial-meets-Scandi-chic

small plates joint on Argyle Street that is run by a former Glasgow School of Art student and Ottolenghi-trained chef, Rosie Healey. The food? Seriously good, fuss free and well-priced, with most of the plates priced at between £6 and £9 and only entering the low teens for large-scale meat or fish. However, staying true to Healey’s Ottolenghi-trained roots, vegetables take centre stage, with dishes such kohlrabi with burnt lemon and brown butter alongside salt baked beetroot with slow-roasted aubergine stealing the show. You'll want to sample as many as you can fit on the table, but save space for the hispi cabbage with salsa verde and the globe artichoke, finishing it all off with a melt-in-the-mouth stroopwafel ice cream sandwich. No surprises here why it’s often touted as one best places to eat in Glasgow.


Ask any Glaswegian where to go for breakfast and they'll march you straight to the doors of Outlier. Sitting pretty in the East end of the city, Outlier is an airy, open plan communal space filled with a constantly changing selection of art and treats. A must for soothing any weekend regrets, head down mid-morning and choose between one of the outdoor benches, made for people watching or a cosier indoor spot. Menu highlights include the beef shin, oozy smoked cheddar and fennel jam on their tinned loaf – which is made in-house daily and the bread pudding French toast with tahini caramel and miso granola. Switch your classic cortado for a fresh rhubarb, basil and lime cooler - trust us, you won't miss the caffeine.

Café Gandolfi

Looking for a hearty lunch in Glasgow? Then Café Gandolfi, a Glaswegian institution and one of the city’s oldest family-run restaurants is the place to head too. Offering the best of Scottish produce, its menu offers an impressive array of ‘pub grub’ favourites such as scallop tartare, haggis with creamed to perfection ‘tatties’ and "Cullen Skink” – a hearty, dense Scottish soup made of freshly caught smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. The perfect place to find respite on a chilly winter’s night, save room for the creamy Basque cheesecake complete with figs, drizzled in honey.

The Hidden Lane Tea Room

Tucked away down the cobbled Hidden Lane in Finnieston, this quaint vintage tearoom is a haven for sweet-toothed tea connoisseurs. Dating back more than 100 years, it offers an irresistible selection of baked goods that are made fresh every day. Their afternoon tea has been unanimously dubbed the best in Glasgow, offering up fluffy scones and homemade jam with clotted cream and sandwiches that range from Mull of Kintyre cheddar to smoked salmon with dill. Catering to both vegetarian and vegans, it also has a BYOB policy – which would be rude not to utilise.

It’s safe to say Scotland’s biggest city has something to suit every diet and craving. Best of all, our easyHotel Glasgow city centre location is the perfect location to go out and explore these culinary favourites. Book your trip now. 

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