If you love food, Glasgow is the city for you! Promise. You’ll love the inventive menus, culinary excellence, cuisines from all over the world, and memorable, unique dining spaces.

Here’s a list of some of the most unusual and delicious options for all you foodies out there.

1. Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird

Nelson Mandela Place, City Centre

If the mouth-watering menu at Absurd Bird doesn’t tempt you, then the funky neon interiors and cool vibes certainly will! Try the moonshine cocktail with some of the city’s best fried chicken, mac and cheese, or sample some of the great vegan options.

2. The Botany

The Botany

Maryhill Road, West End

For a sumptuous seasonal à la carte menu filled with fresh ingredients, look no further than The Botany where you can dine inside a glass house overlooking a beautiful garden. Sip on botanical cocktails and try dishes packed with green goodness.

3. Glaschu

Glaschu

Royal Exchange Square, City Centre

Pronounced Glas-a-hoo (that's the Gaelic for Glasgow!) this restaurant has the city at its heart. The Market Menu has a lovely selection of local fayre for great prices. Or, try the à la carte options or tuck into a hearty Sunday Roast.

4. Hillhead Bookclub

Hillhead Bookclub

Vinicombe Street, West End

Housed in an old cinema, this hipster haunt is known for its honest food, brunch and vegan delights! Menu highlights include the roasted cod, Korean fried cauliflower and famous vegan doner kebab. This is also a perfect cocktail spot and there’s never a dull moment with a ping pong table and retro video gaming corner.

5. Julie's Kopitiam

Julie’s Kopitiam

Shawlands

Try some Malaysian street food, with a selection of small dishes packed with flavours. The chef, Julie, was taught the art of this style of cuisine by her mother and brings authentic Malay flavours to the Shawlands area of Glasgow and also straight to your home with takeaway (Tapao) menu for Glasgow locals.

6. Platform

Platform

Argyle Street, City Centre

Head to Scotland’s largest bar and restaurant and prepare to fill up on yummy feasts from the range of independent street food trucks who park up here, right underneath Glasgow Central Station. Eat in the Food Hall before visiting the microbrewery for a few pints.

7. The Howlin' Wolf

The Howlin’ Wolf

Bath Street, City Centre

A night out to remember is just behind these doors! Beers and burritos? Check. Jazz and blues? Check. American whiskey bar serving delicious drink combinations? Check. The lunchtime options are great too, with tasty delights such as haggis pizza or prawn tacos gracing the daytime menus.

7. Pink !nc Café

Pink !nc Café

Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands

It’s impossible to not enjoy life while spending time inside the Pink Inc Café, a cute little haven for a cake and a cuppa on Kilmarnock Road. As the name suggests, expect a lot of pink! The afternoon tea is pretty fabulous so be sure to book in advance to get your spot in this eatery. It will be the envy of your Insta followers.

8. Bibimbap 

Bibimbap

West Nile Street, City Centre

In the city centre, find a blast of delicious flavours in this restaurant, named after Korea’s ultimate comfort food, Bibimbap. Order a variety of small authentic Korean dishes, with noodles, baps and wok fried delights on the menu. Don’t miss the chance to order a Kimchi Bloody Mary!

9. Hanoi Bike Shop 

Hanoi Bike Shop

Ruthven Lane, West End

The magazine Wanderlust named this spot one of the ‘15 coolest places to eat around the world’ in 2019, so it’s worth checking out! The Vietnamese canteen is known for its sharing dishes which are packed with flavour and creativity. The wee restaurant has outside balcony and tables for al fresco dining.

10. Falafel To Go 

Falafel to Go

Sauchiehall Street, City Centre

Falafel fans will be delighted by this hole-in-the-wall shop on Sauchiehall Street, serving fresh falafel wraps. This is perfect for a cheap bite on the go and everything is made from fresh vegan ingredients.

Looking for more inspiration? Learn more about bars Glasgow’s quirky streets to stay onhidden gems and vegan dining in Scotland.

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