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The 9 best spots for breakfast in Glasgow

Traditional palates will be satisfied by the pancakes and full English served at these spots for breakfast in Glasgow

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Lovers of traditional foods should consider filling up their tummies at these spots for breakfast in Glasgow during the early hours of the day. 

Why? Come lunch and dinnertime, the city's restaurants tend to whip up dishes that might not strike your culinary fancy (although we do urge your taste buds to reconsider). From haggis – a savoury pudding made of sheep's or calf's offal, onion, suet, salt, oatmeal and spices cooked in a bag – to cullen skink, a thick soup made of onions, potatoes and smoked haddock, Glasgow's gastronomical scene tends to turn towards the eccentrically particular as the hours in the day roll by.

So, back to breakfast: from coffee shops to BYOB destinations, these venues serve the pancakes, French toasts, eggs any-style and, yes, the full English that cater to simpler, more traditional breakfast cravings.  

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Best breakfast in Glasgow

1. Cafezique

Restaurants

Originally opened as Delizique before becoming a café-bar in 2008 (the deli can now be found two doors up Hyndland Street), Cafezique is one of the few eateries in Glasgow that does breakfast, lunch, dinner, casual drinks and cake to a consistently high standard. Cafezique’s full breakfasts – with phonebook-thick toast slices, Aberfoyle Butcher sausages and Puddledub bacon – are among the best in Glasgow, and they do a mean eggs Benedict, too. 

2. Stravaigin

Restaurants Burgers

Opened in 1995, and taking its title from the an old Scottish word meaning “to wander aimlessly with intent,” the ambience here is artfully bucolic – think exposed stone walls, open fire, chunky wooden roof beams, an iron staircase tangled with twinkling fairly lights and huge floor-to-ceiling windows that swing fully open in summertime (when there are also tables outside on Gibson Street). The weekend brunch menu – featuring everything from full Scottish breakfasts to nasi goreng and maple syrup drenched French toast – are a great way to while away a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

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3. Kember and Jones

Restaurants Coffeeshops

This popular West End café and fine food emporium does a short but rather splendid breakfast menu, available daily until noon. You're not going to come here for a fry-up but you could push the boat out with a warm Wiltshire ham and Gruyère croissant, some honey-toasted granola with fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt perhaps or good sourdough toast with butter and jam. Alternatively, there is a patisserie selection. Wash it down with some of the signature house coffee: 100% Arabica as and they roast and grind the beans in-house. There is also hot chocolate to be had, Green & Black's Organic of course, plus a range of teas and fruit juices.

4. The Hyndland Fox

Restaurants Cafés

The Fox was a 2014 debut on its corner site among the red sandstone tenements of Hyndland. The premises were formerly occupied by a long-established deli and this café-restaurant aims to continue in its foodie tradition. Its compact breakfast offering – available until noon weekdays, 2pm weekends – involves organic muesli and porridge, breakfast rolls, eggs Benedict, fry-ups in meat and vegetarian versions or superior fishcakes with a poached egg and hollandaise. If you're in the mood for a posh hot drink, you can have some small-batch and hand-roasted coffee in a Chemex jug, or Sencha green leaf flowering tea which is big in Japan.

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5. Cafe Gandolfi

Restaurants Scottish

Gandolfi is not a thing, it's several things: Café Gandolfi on Albion Street dating to 1979, Bar Gandolfi upstairs plus Gandolfi Fish a few doors along on the same street with its Fish To Go takeaway. If it's breakfast you want, you should head for the local legend that is the original Café Gandolfi. It was fairly revolutionary when it opened, less so now but it still a loved place in the city's heart. You could have anything from a basic scrambled egg roll or a croissant to such wonders as Stornoway white pudding with apple, crispy onions and Cumberland sauce, or the full Gandolfi Scottish with mandatory tattie scone.

Ubiquitous Chip
Ubiquitous Chip
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6. Ubiquitous Chip

Restaurants

The best restaurant in Glasgow? When the Ubiquitous Chip is on top form, there’s no question about it. And there’s so much more besides fine dining to be experienced within this Glasgow institution of more than four decades. One of its highlights is brunch in the Brasserie, where a mean full Scottish sits alongside smoked haddock kedgeree, black pudding and even steak.

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7. The Sparkle Horse

Bars and pubs

A transformation of an old West End drinking den, and only open since late 2012, the Sparkle Horse is a family-friendly bar, it does superior pub grub with a great specials menu and it still manages to be a place to go for a beer or three in the evenings, or a pub quiz. Having planted its eclectic flag in the West End, just behind Kelvinhall subway station, how could it not do weekend brunch? So on Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 3pm, you can have a full Scottish breakfast here, in carnivorous or vegetarian versions, or a hot filled roll to go with your coffee – or with your pint... it's the afternoon, after all, isn't it?

Artisan Roast
Artisan Roast
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8. Artisan Roast

Restaurants Coffeeshops

While the selection of vegetarian and vegan sweet and savoury bites at this very trendy caffeine haven can be gone before lunchtime, the quality is very high. From phonebook-thick sandwiches accompanied with a cup or bowl of soup, to quiche or veggie rolls and sweets ranging from banana and blackberry loaf to chocolate vegan cake, everything is made fresh in-store daily, and sold at remarkably reasonable prices.

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Hillhead Bookclub
Hillhead Bookclub
Photograph: TripAdvisor.com

9. Hillhead Bookclub

Bars and pubs

Despite being quietly owned by the biggest generic pub and club chain in central Scotland, Hillhead Bookclub manages to do a just about convincing job of passing itself off as a chintzy, boho independent café-bar. The reasonably-priced brunch menu impresses, with pancake stacks and all manner of egg options alongside brunch burgers, sandwiches and Bloody Marys.

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Restaurants

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