Glasgow. A global city with a commitment to a sustainable future. This November, the city will host the biggest climate change conference of our generation, COP26. Glasgow has a strong desire to do good things that benefit the community, and there are lots of eco-conscious places to visit on a city break here.
So why not add a few sustainable stops to your Glasgow visit? Here are some ideas for you:
1. Stop for a break in a vegan café
As one of the UK’s best vegan cities, Glasgow has a great selection of cafés, bars and coffee shops offering meat-free and plant-based delights in cosy settings. Grab a table in one of these fabulous spots.
- Serenity Now – West End
- The Hug and Pint – City centre
- Honey & Salt – Southside
- Milk Café – Southside
2. Sample sustainable food and drink
Many of Glasgow’s establishments are making excellent efforts towards minimising food waste and adopting ethical practices. From the business of breadmaking, to decadent Scottish cuisine, these small businesses are well worth supporting.
- Purchase fresh bread from the social enterprise and artisan bakery, Freedom Bakery
- Book a table at a restaurant committed to using local suppliers in the Merchant City, Mharsanta
Learn more about Glasgow’s City Food Plan which plans to make the city a place full of tasty, healthy and affordable food, available to all.
3. Don’t miss these educational exhibitions
At the Riverside Museum, a new display, Driving Out Emissions, showcases a Tesla Model S as the centrepiece, as well as rare Honda Insight MK1s from the year 2000. The exhibition explores the next chapter of the electric vehicle movement.
In the lead up to COP26, Glasgow Science Centre boasts a programme of events educating us about climate change.
4. Join a walking or cycling city tour
One of the best ways to explore Glasgow is by exploring the streets by bike or on foot with an expert guide to show you around all the fascinating spots. Discover a range of city tours that will help you get to know the city better without leaving a trace on the environment.
- Glasgow Bike Tours
- OVO Bikes Green Route
- Eat Walk Glasgow
- Walking Tours in Glasgow
- City Mural Tour
- Glasgow Music City Tours
5. Stay in a green hotel
From ethically sourced bedding to serving up local produce on their menus, a handful of city centre hotels in Glasgow are becoming more conscious of their carbon footprint and several are moving towards a more sustainable model. The last two hotels below have also been awarded VisitScotland’s Green Tourism Award, which rewards businesses who are committed to an eco-friendly approach.
For a truly special stay, book the special La Chambre Verte Suite at the Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel. This room brings ‘forest bathing’ to Glasgow with sound therapy, plants, and luxury spa products! The restaurant at the hotel will also be announcing a rebrand soon with a focus on sustainable seafood.
6. Shop for second-hand and vintage finds
Combine retail therapy with recycling, and you’ll be in for a few hours of fun! Glasgow has a wealth of vintage shops, selling a selection of clothing, items and upcycled bits and bobs. Shop without any guilt at some of these shops.
- Clydeside Collective – St Enoch Centre
- Emily Rose Vintage – Pollokshaws Road
- Mr Ben Retro Clothing – Kings Court
- Glad Rags Thrift – Pollokshaws Road
- Lovesome Emporium – Cresswell Lane
7. Stock up on supplies with zero-waste food shopping
If you’re feeling peckish while out and about, why not do a plastic-free food shop? There are several shops tackling the issue of food waste, with refill shops where you can take your own containers to fill up with organic groceries and goodies. Perfect for day trips, or if you’re staying in a self-catering apartment.
- The Good Choice – Cathcart Road
- Locavore Café and Greengrocer – Partick, Govanhill, Bellahouston and Urban Croft
- Ecomart – Dumbarton Road
8. Discover the ‘Dear Green Place’
Home to over 90 parks and gardens, you can literally ‘stay green’ during your stay in Glasgow! There are some gorgeous green spaces in the city – whose name translates to ‘The Dear Green Place’ in Gaelic – or venture a little further afield to discover the surrounding countryside.
After the park, drop by the tranquil oasis and plant shop Apercu on Pollokshaws Road, and take home some greenery to brighten up your home!
9. Getting around
Catch one of Glasgow’s two electric buses and cruise around Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone!
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