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In pictures: Glasgow's most unique coffee shops

Spitfire Espresso Glasgow
Lynsay Neil

If there's one thing that Glasgow loves, it's a great cup of coffee. And now that there's a nip in the air, there's never been a better time to grab a cup of the hot stuff - and a cake to go with it. Forget the chains though; Glasgow is bursting with artisan roasters and independent coffee shops, and here's a picture tour of some of the city's favourites.

The one for people-watching: Riverhill Coffee Bar

Riverhill Coffee Bar Glasgow

 

Riverhill Coffee Bar is perfectly located for grabbing a cup on the go if you're just hopping on (or off!) a train at Central Station. Or if you have time, sit in the window and treat yourself to a Dear Green coffee and slice of cake. This is one of Glasgow's smaller cafes, but what it lacks in size it sure makes up in character and great service.
24 Gordon Street, G1 3PU. 

The retro-tastic one: Spitfire Espresso

Spitfire Espresso Glasgow

 

 

Spitfire Espresso Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Known for its red and aqua decor, non-stop 1950s tunes and the cheeriest barista in Glasgow, Spitfire Espresso is a little slice of heaven in Merchant City. With coffee served in matching aqua cups and cakes baked in-house every day, you could easily spend a whole afternoon in this sunny, friendly coffee house. 
127 Candleriggs, G1 1NP.

The one for brunching with friends: The Wilson Street Pantry

 

The Wilson Street Pantry Glasgow

 

The Wilson Street Pantry Glasgow

 

This deli, shop and cafe is the perfect place to have a long, lazy coffee date with friends. With plenty of food to choose from if you're feeling hungry, Wilson Street Pantry is a favourite for Sunday brunch-goers that love a side of eggs with that cup of Joe.  
6 Wilson Street, G1 1SS.

 

 

The ex-vintage store: Papercup Coffee Company

 

Papercup Coffee Company Glasgow

 

Papercup Coffee Company Glasgow

 

 

Take a former vintage clothing emporium, add some bright orange signature cups and a cosy interior and you have Papercup Coffee company. Located in the leafy West End, Papercup are a firm favourite with locals thanks to their very own speciality coffee. And if you can't get enough of their hot stuff, you can even buy it in bags to brew at home! 
603 Great Western Road, G12 8HX.

 

 

The bohemian one: The Glad Cafe

 

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

 

The Glad Cafe has quickly become something of a Southside institution. A venue, a cafe and a hub of creativity, there's a real buzz about this vibrant cafe that goes beyond the caffeine kick. Its eclectic décor and cosy atmosphere makes you want to stay a while, read their in-house newspaper (The Glad Rag) and order a second cup of coffee. You can also order freshly baked treats supplied by the best local bakers from their ever-changing selection. 
1006A Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG.

See Time Out's guide to Glasgow's best coffee shops.

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