If you work up an appetite exploring Glasgow’s Merchant City there is a multitude of fabulous places to stop for refreshment, ranging from restaurants and bars, to hotels and cafes. If you fancy breakfast, brunch, a light bite or a traditional cream tea there are many welcoming cafes from which to choose right in the center of this bustling and historic quarter. Here are six of the best to pop into for a respite from exploring.
The Spoon Cafe on Trongate is a popular social enterprise cafe, offering work experience to adults with learning difficulties. It offers a pay-it-forward plan, allowing generous customers to contribute so food can be offered to those less fortunate.
This airy and bright cafe serves breakfast, lunch, cakes and drinks, with daily specials chalked up on the blackboard. It offers excellent value for money, with food and drinks served by friendly staff.
Glasgow G1 5ES, UK
+44 141 559 5515
Cranberrys is a family run cafe on Wilson Street in the bustling heart of Merchant City. Pastries and desserts are freshly baked daily. The menu of light meals includes salad platters, toasted wraps, baked potatoes and sandwiches. Breakfast is served in the mornings and cream teas in the afternoon. The windows of this traditional tea-room look out over Merchant City and there is outdoor seating for sunny Scottish days.
30 Wilson Street
Glasgow G1 1SS, UK
+44 141 552 3676
Rose and Grant’s Deli Cafe
Situated on Trongate in the arty area, Rose and Grant’s Deli Cafe serves quality food in bright surroundings. Offering breakfast, brunch and lunch, you can also just stop by for a coffee. Rose and Grants also offers vegan options, with their full vegan breakfast and their own take on the Scottish vegan square sausage having gained quite a name in the vegan community. With windows offering a fabulous view of Merchant City this is a great choice of cafe for people watching while relaxing on one of the comfy sofas.
Glasgow G1 5EZ, UK
+44 141 553 0501
You can stop by for coffee, juice or a smoothie, or sample the freshly prepared food from the menu of breakfasts, snacks and cakes. Baked goodies include homemade banana and walnut muffins, empire biscuits and Scottish snowballs.
Monday – Saturday 8AM – 4:40PM
Sunday 10AM – 4:30PM
103 Ingram Street
Glasgow G1 1DX, UK
+44 141 552 8788
This cafe is renowned for its strong coffee and tempting cakes, including delights such as white chocolate cheesecake, cupcakes and Portuguese custard tarts.
Tinderbox stays open in the evenings and you can chill out with a glass of wine.
Saturday & Sunday 8AM–10PM
118 Ingram Street
Glasgow G1 1EJ, UK
+44 141 552 6907
The Wilson Street Pantry
Combining a licensed cafe, deli and shop, the Wilson Street Pantry serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and coffee. This cafe has a cheery atmosphere with black and white photographs adorning the white walls.
The menu includes popular hipster bites such as salmon and avocado toast, poached eggs with haggis, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs with Stornoway black pudding, and truffled mushrooms on toast.
The Wilson Street Pantry also caters to vegans and is a particularly popular spot for its brunch time treats.
6 Wilson Street
Glasgow G1 1SS, UK
+44 141 552 0606