Best Coffee Shops For Working in Glasgow
Whether you’re a freelancer or a student, working from home gets boring pretty quick. On those days when you’re sick of the sight of your own walls, heading to a coffee shop or café can save your sanity. Here’s our pick of places with the best coffee, free Wi-Fi and tasty snacks.
Riverhill Coffee Bar
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A firm favourite with coffee connoisseurs in the city, this Gordon Street gem also has a brilliant range of freshly made lunches and sweet treats. Its small exterior makes it easy to miss but once you’ve tried it, it’s likely to become your regular haunt. With a variety of coffee beans including regular guest brews, this is one for true coffee lovers who know exactly what they want. They even make their own marshmallows!
The Wilson Street Pantry
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If you’re lucky enough to grab a spot by the window you can watch the world (or the Merchant City at least) go by when you need a break from all the work. The food is top class with a wide range of freshly made items and daily specials. The décor is clean and minimal, and the staff are some of the friendliest in the city. It’s easy to spend all day in this place so you’ll get loads of work done and will want to come straight back the next day.
For all those West End dwellers, Artisan Roast is one of the best spots. Top class baristas know how to make a coffee just right and there’s always a fresh selection of cakes. The cosy décor makes it easy to tuck yourself in a corner and get your head down to work, and it’s also dog-friendly so you can get lots of furry cuddles. Beware though, it’s very West End, so if hipster isn’t your style, you may want to give it a miss.
Head round to Byres Road for a hearty lunch on your break at Avenue Coffee. It’s always packed, but people flock there for a reason. There’s an endless list of Byres Road coffee shops but this one is always the most popular, so they must be doing something right. If coffee isn’t your thing there’s still plenty to choose from, including “Fairy Tea” full of fruit. It’s usually louder than the average café so if you’re after peace and quiet it’d be best to head somewhere else. If you need that bustling background noise, though, this place is ideal.
If you’re not a morning person, Offshore is one of few coffee shops open later – til 8PM every night. There’s plenty of power sockets and you certainly won’t be the only one typing away all day. The window seats have a great view of Kelvingrove Park, too, and it’s also a perfect spot to get some reading done. For vegans, this place is ideal as there’s always a greats selection of dairy free items, including tablet at only 30p a slice!
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Less hipster, more functional. iCafe have four locations in the city and all of them have loads of space, sockets and even computers if you don’t want to haul your laptop around. Their food is all halal with healthy options as well as vegan and vegetarian, and the coffee is their own blend. If hot chocolates are more your thing, they always have amazing variations on offer like Oreo or pistachio that’ll be sure to keep your sugar levels up.
Rose & Grants
A quieter spot on the Trongate, it’s much easier to get a seat here without turning up at the crack of dawn. There are comfy couches and window seats, as well as the all-important free Wi-Fi. Their famous vegan square sausage is a must-try, even for the meat eaters. The staff are friendly and very accommodating to your needs, and the prices are ideal. Plug sockets aren’t as readily available, but if you bag a seat at the back wall you’ll be sorted.
Gizzi’s Espresso Bar
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This family-run joint in the Southside offers more than most coffee shops. Along with the usual cakes and snacks, there’s also a selection of pizza and pasta. The pizzas are made fresh-to-order in their own stone bake oven and the pastries are provided by the Southside favourite Bakery47. Once again, it’s on the small side and is very narrow, but it’s worth waiting for a table and the atmosphere is ideal to work in.