A Southside Sunday… Maybe it’ll mean zigzagging between those obscenely priced prams helmed by the tired, beardy dads who’ve been sent out to secure a flat white and gluten free whatever. Or you might encounter the perpetual beanie-sporters at the next table offering up a play by play of last night’s craft beers. Look out for the middle-aged couple kickin’ on from the night before with the duty-free sunglasses and a large glass of pinot at the outside table. It’s an eclectic weekend mix, the Strathbungo/Shawlands locale. But south of the river has got a hell of a lot going for it these days and it’s becoming more appealing by the day!

Don’t you dare miss…

IMAGE: Cafe Strange Brew

Café Strange Brew – If like us, you’re not up at the crack of dawn on Sunday, then you’ll probably have had a tough time snagging a table at this intimate, funky little spot. But good news guys, the owners have secured a much larger space across the street from their current Pollokshaws Road premises. The inventive riffs on eggs benedict, delightful salads and ambitious specials every weekend keep me going back for more. With some places, the food just tells you that the owners are trying to push things forward.

IMAGE: Gizzi’s

Gizzi’s – Those Scots-Italians know what’s what… And ‘what’s what’ is an ace flat white guaranteed to kick your hangover into touch. A family run business that produces fresh, authentic, perfectly formed plates is the perfect weekend haven. This little gem produces some of the best coffee in the Southside (best barista at the Scottish Italian Awards, don’t you know!) And with a range of hearty, wholesome and grease-free takeaway options it’s the perfect choice if you’re doing the lazy day at home thing too.

Image: Ollie’s

Ollie’s – Pollokshields is home to one of the Southside’s most cosy weekend spots. Ollie’s, on Nithsdale Road, is a gorgeous little neighbourhood bistro and the varied menus make it the perfect choice if you’re looking for something a wee bit more formal than a café. With lovely street views, a nice cocktail menu, as well as afternoon sunshine to be enjoyed in the outdoor seating area, you could easily lose a few hours here some lazy Sunday. And the cake range?! Second to none.

IMAGE: Southside Roasters

Southside Roasters – A new kid on the Southside café scene, this small batch coffee roasters is a beauty of a work in progress. The coffee is brewed to perfection and the short but sweet menu will hit the spot if you’re lucky enough to snag a table in their little sun trap window. With some ace brownies on hand to sort out the low blood sugar from the night before, this place has a great, authentic vibe. I’m looking forward to seeing Southside Roasters evolve and to enjoy some sunny days with their ‘coming soon’ cold brew.


It All Started Here –  This is a new arrival on the Shawlands scene, literally just opened it’s doors this weekend! Having tried their coffee at Bakery 47, we’re expecting great things. Great design points inside for the geeks amongst you!


On the way! Keep yer peepers open for…

Brodies – This new bar/restaurant is currently taking shape within the old Shimla Pinks by Queens Park. Great news, as this was too much of a prime spot to sit in a sorry old state. Will they keep the infamous pink walls though? 🙂

Julie’s Kopitiam – Soon to take over Café Strange Brew’s space, this Malaysian street food venue will be a little dose of sunshine in the Southside! You may have caught them on one of their many pop-ups around the city and will no doubt be as excited as us for this if you did!

Surf Dogs – Having also done the pop-up thing around town, gourmet hotdogs, shakes and the rest will soon be available in a permanent spot on the stretch of Kilmarnock Road near Black Dove and Gizzi’s.

***Words by Clare Mac***