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The Best of the South Side

Updated: Sep 7, 2018

The Southside of Glasgow is fast rivalling the West End when it comes to exciting new places to hang out. There seems to have been a burst of really cool independent cafes, restaurants and coffee shops of late, so its definitely worth your while checking it out if you haven't already.

We have been hanging around the Southside quite a bit lately, so we thought we'd share some of our favourite spots with you...


Located on Nithsdale Road, just off Pollokshaws Road, Potluck came to our attention through instagram. Every weekend we kept seeing the most incredible looking dishes popping up in our feed but try as we might, we could never get a table, such is the popularity of this hotspot. We realised we would have to drag ourselves out of bed early to beat the crowds, and so we got there at 8.50am and waited outside until they opened at 9am. We still weren't the first ones in! But my goodness it was worth it. The courgette and feta fritters on beetroot hummus are so light and crispy, the fennel sausage hash is perfect comfort food, and then of course there's the famous hotcakes. Wow! You definitely need to check out their light and fluffy hotcakes served with chocolate orange cremaux, strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup, chocolate soil and pashmak .



Head to Mount Florida to hang out in this super stylish coffee shop, famous for its instagrammable decor and of course, its delicious honey rose lattes.

Market is owned by Katie Spiers, a popular blogger who writes on fashion and interior deisgn under the name Katie Le Vie. And you can see her style all through this gorgeous coffee shop, from the rose gold cutlery to the neon pink sign on the wall, and the torquoise and pink hues threaded through the seats and the crockery.

Interior-envy aside, they also make a damn good coffee and serve great cakes.



From the team at street food favourites, Chompsky, Gnom on Pollokshaws Rd across from Queen's Park is knocking it out the park with its exciting menu and bold flavours. Its difficult to decide what to eat when you have the choice of Ham Hock with potato rösti, poached egg & piccalilli; Crab, buttered samphire & avocado on toasted brioche with capers, lemon alioli and a poached egg, Stuffed Roti (lamb or spiced paneer options), the most amazing Turkish Eggs and Breakfast Bao’s (pork belly or mushrooms) amongst many other incredible dishes. And that’s just the savoury dishes. They are known for their French toast ice-cream sandwiches which you can get with cherry ripple ice-cream, peanut butter mousse, poached cherries & caramelised peanuts or with mango ice-cream, passionfruit mascarpone with white chocolate and ginger crunch.



Grain and Grind can be found on Battlefield Road. You can't miss it! Brought to you by the team behind Southside Roasters, another favourite of ours, Grain and Grind serves up cracking coffee, bread and doughnuts alongside an exciting brunch/lunch menu including Buttermilk Waffles with your choice of Thai Spiced Pork, Roast Chicken Breast with Ssamjang sauce, kimchi and a fried egg or you can go sweet with banana, strawberries, blueberries, whipped honeycomb butter and maple syrup. There are muffins served with crispy pork belly, Sriracha, Japanese mayo and a fried egg, or how about Sourdough Tartine with Heirloom Tomatoes, Knockraich Farm crowdie, avocado, pine nuts, evoo and honey glaze? If you want to go a bit lighter you can opt for one of their bowls. There's the Knockraich Farm Yoghurt with banana, raspberries, blueberries, homemade nut granola & seasonal compote or the vegan Chia Pudding with Chia seeds, oat milk, honey, vanilla, seasonalcompote & granola.



Head towards Shawlands and you'll see Cafe Strange Brew on Pollokshaws Road by the queue of people waiting to get a table there.

Cafe Strange Brew has mastered the art of brunch. Something that was lacking in Glasgow before they turned up. Such was their popularity, they quickly grew out of their smaller space and moved into larger premises across the road. Last weekend featured Pork Belly Hash with jalepeno creamed corn and chimichurri sauce. They recently removed their incredibly popular chorizo hash from the menu, but they have a ham hock hash with slow cooked ham, fried potatoes, lemon soured cream, mustard vinaigrette, house pickled onions and 2 fried eggs. If that doesn't fill you up and sort out your hangover, nothing will!


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