This year turned out to be the year for me to discover Glasgow – which is a pretty cool city. Here are some of my favourite spots – with many, many more left to discover and more and more awesome places popping up all the time.

Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga Glasgow 

I attended this lovely space for a workshop last year and found it a very warm and welcoming group and space to come into. The space is run by Cathy Moran, who was away at the time I attended. Cathy is a level 2 authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher.

There is a  regular early morning, Mysore style ashtanga programme running here as well as introductions for beginners and weekly led classes, for all of you aspiring ashtangis 🙂

I really look forward to getting to practice here again on my next visit to Glasgow.

Location: 4 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ, United Kingdom

Eating

111 by Nico

This place is amazing. Not only is the food just delicious and so reasonably priced but they train up young people who come from challenged backgrounds as chefs and train and gain the skills needed in their restaurant. It is so nice to see initiatives like this and it a wonderful dining experience in a really nice atmosphere.

You can get three courses for £22 or five courses for £30 with matching wine. Really great value for delicious food.

They have vegetarian options but I’m not sure about vegan, however I would not doubt that they would be very willing to cater of accommodate for any vegan or other dietary requirements if you call ahead and ask.

“The philosophy behind my Academy is simple: I’m looking to give young people who’ve had a poor start in life the opportunities to gain the skills needed to be a top chef. Their road to success won’t be easy, however, and will require hard graft and dedication.” See website.

Location: 111 Cleveden road, Kelvinside, Glasgow, Scotland, G12 0JU

CCA (Saramango)

This is one of my favourite spots for food and just to hang out in.

Never disappoints with its tasty, fresh and healthy grub. The CCA is the centre for contemporary art in Glasgow city so there are always cool things happening and interesting folk hanging around the place.

So for some great events as well as food, coffee and/or drinks then this is the place to go. Also an added bonus is that the restaurant is totally vegan and veggie friendly.

Location: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD, UK

 

The 78

This is one of my favourite vegan spots in Glasgow. Really nice relaxed bar and restaurant in the lovely Finniston area. Delicious, fresh food , nice beers and drinks and a bright, wooden interior.

They have an excellent menu – from small nibbles (Coconut & bean chilli nachos or a hummus and beetroot plate for example – yum!) , or you can enjoy a delicious vegan lunch or dinner with options such as veggie burger, refried bean and coconut wraps or quesadillas as well as some pretty tasty desserts for after.

Finniston is a really cool area so definitely a nice spot to take a wander around and if you’re looking for some vegan pub grub then I would definitely recommend checking this place out.

I’m looking forward to trying out the new dishes that have been added to the menu since my last visit.

Location: 10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, Glasgow G3 8NU, UK

 

The Flying Duck 

*best vegan burger

This place serves some of the best veggie burgers I have ever tasted, and actually everything here is 100% vegan so they are vegan burgers. I mean I didn’t even get a picture because it was just too good to disturb the eating process. My veggie and non-veggie fellow diners were equally impressed.

Another awesome place for some proper vegan pub-style grub. The bbq jackfruit tacos will be my choice next time.

We went here for a Halloween pub quiz – now I am not going to lie, I was terrible and knew nothing! Full drinks menus with some great vegan cocktails – white russian did you say?

Location:  142 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3AU, UK

 

Mother India’s

 

I will never say no to an Indian meal and after eating here a few times I would definitely never say no to a meal at Mother India’s.  I love anything that makes me feel like I am back in India and that’s what I get when I visit this place.

I’m more of a dine-in kinda gal and I always think the food just tastes better served in house, fresh on the plate (or the stainless steel bowls) instead of from take-away containers -also better for the planet really!

You can’t go wrong with all of the classics – Chana Daal, saag aloo, chana aloo and all of the pickles- I have yet to try the dosa and parantha so I will keep you posted.

They have a tapas menu which combines two of my favourite eating styles – Indian food in the Spanish style! You get to try more dishes  🙂

Favourite spot for an authentic and delicous Indian meal. Enjoy after a walk around the Kelvingrove Art gallery and museum which is across the road.

Location: 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow G3 7RU, UK

 

Shilla

Awesome little Korean street-food spot on Argyle Street.

I had the tofu babimbap and it was so good. Vegetarian friendly and I am sure that vegan’s can be catered for. The place itself is small, bright, clean and cosy. We sat at the window seat and people watched over food and green tea 🙂

Location: 1138 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TD, UK

 

Bar Bloc

This is a great spot for  vegan pub grub, nice craft beers and just a generally cool place to hang out. They had an awesome open-mic session in there the last time we went with some great jazzy tunes.

The not-dog (vegan hot dog) and vegan tacos were delish. They have a lot of great vegan/veggie options and are all clearly marked on the menu. The staff are also super friendly and helpful.

They have a whole wall full of all the great events and gigs happening in Glasgow also which is always handy if you want to find out what is coming up – which in Glasgow there are always so many great things on offer.

We like to come here before we go to the cinema (or afterwards!)  🙂

Location: 117 Bath St, Glasgow G2 2SZ, UK

 

Ubiquitous Chip

This is a great spot for a Saturday evening hang out. They serve some great bar food or a full on sit down meal. They may not have many vegan options unless you specifically inquire but definitely some veggie options and it is a nice place to pop into for the atmosphere and just to have a drink with friends. The terrace upstairs is great – especially during the summer months.

Location: 12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK

 

Roots and Fruits

Great healthfood/ Veg shop, cafe and deli in Glasgow city centre. Selling fresh, organic vegetables and fruit as well as organic meat and dairy products. They stock a lot of local  Scottish products as well as quality items from further afield.

You will definitely find everything you need here for all types of dietary or health food requirements – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, non-vegetarian!

The Argyll street store has a great delicatessen for take away meals (no seating available when I was in store). They also have a wholefoods cafe and deli on Great Western Road as well as a Fruit and Veg Market and a flower shop in Finnieston – all the hot spots of Glasgow.

 

Primal roast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day 🙂

I just came across this great little cafe on a wander around the city. They have delicious coffee and are focused on clean, good quality and healthy food. I saw some pretty awesome healthy, vegan , raw treats as well as some pretty nutritious veggie and non-veggie breakfast and lunch options. Buddha bowl anyone?

I just had a coffee here (very good!) but will be back for more on my next visit.

Location: 278 St Vincent Street Glasgow, G2 5RL

 

The Steamie

Lovely, cute and cosy coffee spot. Great for a cake and coffee pitstop – or one of their delicious big mugs of hot chocolate (as seen above). I had a cappuccino made using oat milk, they get their beans from Artisan Coffee Roasters in Edinburgh. Locally produced organic chocolates also available here and some great sandwich options – veggie and non veggie options made using organic breads.

Location: 1024 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8LX, UK

 

Stalks and stems

Again just popped in here to pick up some supplies for my flight and journey home (airports are not the best places for picking up fresh and healthy food just yet!).

There was a great selection of health foods and fresh veg on offer. I got to pick up one of those boxes of delicious medijool dates (and a bag of spinach! :)), that kept me nourished all the way back to Ireland. Good spot to pick up some bits but at a reasonable price. I couldn’t find them online but there is a picture of the shop from outside and the location.

Location: 285 Great Western Road, Port Dundas, GLASGOW,G4 9HR

 

Lebowski’s

Just going to leave this here for any white russian fans – as the name may suggest 🙂 ! But chocolate white russians (The Walter)? Yes please!

Nice bar in Glasgow’s hip(ster) heaven Finnieston area.

Location: 1008 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

 

The Stand comedy

If you want a mid-week or weekend laugh then this a great spot for regular, intimate comedy gigs at reasonable prices (and varying degrees of laughs 🙂 )

You just can’t get bored in Glasgow!

Location: 333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6NG, UK

 

Walks and nature

The Necropolis

Sunset views from the Necropolis

This is a gorgeous spot for watching the sunset over Glasgow city. Yes, it is a cemetery but it’s a pretty cool place to take a nice walk up to and take a look around at the architecture. From looking at the website linked they run donation based walking tours – with all donations received going into the conservation and restoration of the Necropolis. You can also download a handy information booklet for reference if you decide to take a walk around by yourself.

Location: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ, UK

Again, come here for the sunset. You can pop into the nearby Drygate brewery for some tasty beers crafted in house – you can actually watch them in the brewing process through the glass wall that links the bar and the brewery, nice and hoppy smell 🙂  As well as beers and food they also run some pretty cool events and meetups here – from local business networking events, local urban markets, gaming nights, interesting talks, varying music and comedy gigs. Definitely a great spot to check out.

Location: (Drygate) 85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT

Botanical Gardens

Another beautiful park which is on my walk to town. This is a charitable organisation that runs the gardens and they run talks, workshops, information about horticulture and other activities to share information regarding plants, gardening, environmental issues and all funds raised go back into the development of the gardens and continuing to provide a space like this.

I spotted this sign for a children’s garden – how great to have a space for kids to learn all about growing and nature.

Location: 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, UK

Kelvingrove Park

This is a gorgeous park to just walk around on a sunny day, read, picnic or do some yoga- why not!

With the Kelvingrove Art gallery and museum also located here you can definitely make a day out of this area. It is located on along the banks of the river Kelvin and has an array of sports facilities in the park – such as tennis courts and kids play areas. I love this place during the summer months when the sun is shining and then pop into one of the many great spots nearby to have a coffee or beverage.

Location: Glasgow G3 6BY, UK

The beautiful Kelvingrove art museum & gallery

 

 

 

Me and the lassies 🙂

 

Check out my other Yoga Travel Guides:

Yoga Travel Guide: Barcelona, Spain

Yoga Travel Guide: A day in Edinburg

Yoga Travel Guide: Galway, Ireland

Yoga Travel Guide: Wexford, Ireland

Yoga Travel Guide: Anjuna, Goa, India

 

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