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Hidden Gems of Glasgow – Cafes

Hidden Gems of Glasgow – Cafes

One of the many things I’ll say about Glaswegians is that we do not like to be behind the times – we’re more of the trend-setting sort.  Our glorious city has fully engaged with the exceptional rise in café culture in recent years.  Although the big-name high street chains are very much present, there are plenty of innovative independent cafés that offer something special.  Here are a few wee hidden gems of Glasgow that you might like to check out……


Advertised as Scotland’s original teahouse, this fabulous venue is more than a café. You can enjoy music or exhibitions, eat delicious vegetarian food whilst having a unique cup of tea, chosen from a huge selection.  Wee Kilty here is fond of a cuppa, but I have to say I could spend at least half an hour perusing the tea menu.  My favourite is the yogi yougi chai latte, and I take  a great deal of pleasure in topping up my unconventional wee teacup from the teapot.

The decor is of a bohemian, eclectic style and it has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.  It kind of feels like you are entering the cosy and quirky living room of an eccentric old auntie.  I could easily spend hours there chilling out – playing a game or reading while enjoying the people watching.  It seems like everyone who hangs out here is happy. 

Tchai Ovna is still one of Glasgow’s mostly lesser-known treasured secrets, and it is literally kind of hidden, tucked away down a wee cobbled lane. If you’re in the West End, and fancy something a bit different then I would recommend a visit.

The Hidden Lane Tearoom

For some time I’ve been meaning to check out the Hidden Lane in Finnieston.   I was not expecting to find such a wide range of crafty wee businesses in such a unique venue of  multi coloured and higgledy piggledy studios. The tearoom has become a hub for this creative community. There are over 30 different teas on offer along with a creative yet comforting menu including homemade soups, stews or a fantastic range of homemade cakes and bakes.  Wee Kilty can guarantee a great welcome and a tasty, refreshing experience.

Singl-end Café and Bakehouse

Based in Renfrew Street (Charing Cross End) this wee hidden gem certainly has lots to offer the discerning diner.  This community café has such an interesting bo-ho style and cool vibe, and the menu covers all the bases for your snacking needs.  There are plenty of healthy options amongst the glorious range of cakes, and it would be easy to spend several comfortable hours here munching through the exceptional range of tasty treats.  Brunch seems to be a bit of a speciality, with several options for vegetarians or vegans.  A nice touch is the range of breads baked in house.   

Café Strange Brew

No stranger to the South Side of town I happened across this lovely café recently and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. As you probably know by now, wee Kilty has quite the appetite and choosing from the homemade cake selection wasn’t easy. There are several things I really liked about this place; it has a motto (I’m a fan of a motto) – ‘Keeping Shawlands Strange’, it has an interesting menu with veggie, vegan and gluten free options, it has an excellent reputation for brunch (I do like the occasional lie in so brunch should be more widely available in my opinion) and it has a lovely cosy atmosphere. The staff are super friendly and helpful, and dogs are welcome.