5 of the best places for cheap eats in Glasgow

Living in the city can be an expensive business, but the bloggers at Foodie Explorers are here to help!

Published 2nd Mar 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Paesano Pizza

(94 Miller Street, G1 1DT, 0141 258 5565)

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Although there is always a queue at Paesano, it usually moves pretty quickly and it's well worth the wait. This pizzeria is the first in Glasgow to offer authentic Neapolitan pizza, made with top-quality Italian ingredients.

The pizzas are baked in artisan-built wood-fired ovens from Naples, and topped with Fior di Latte mozzarella from Campania and extra virgin olive oil from Abruzzo.

Also, make sure you don't fill up on pizza, because the affogato (vanilla ice cream and coffee) is divine.

Shandon Belles

(652 Argyle Street, G3 8, 0141 221 8188)

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This cosy dining room can be found in the basement of the up-market Buttery, part of the Two Fat Ladies group of restaurants. The food is simple and honest, featuring classic British dishes made with care and pride.

This year, the menu features fresh breaded fish, comforting steak pie and hearty vegetable lasagne. Leave room for dessert, because there is also rhubarb and cranberry crumble to feast on, not to mention the sticky toffee pudding.

The prices are very reasonable, with a two-course high tea costing £10.

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The 78

(10 Kelvinhaugh Street, G3 8NU, 0141 576 5018)

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This vegan restaurant offers cheap, delicious and cruelty free meals to its devoted customers in the trendy Finniston area.

In summer, you can sit outside and enjoy the good weather, while in winter, there is an open fire to keep you warm. At weekends, you can enjoy the 78's live jazz performances and DJ sets.

There is a good selection of vegan burgers, wraps and specials, all for affordable prices. On Thursdays, you can save even more cash by opting for the set menu, with a three course meal costing as little as £10.50.

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Bier Halle

(7 Gordon Street, G1 3PL, 0141 204 0706)

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This beer bar can be found underground, and offers excellent deals on pizzas, as well as some fantastic hot dogs.

The selection of beers is mind-boggling – there are hundreds of different beers on offer, gathered from all over the world.

The atmosphere is always buzzing, especially at weekends, when there are live DJ sets. Perching on one of the Halle's stools, you will feel very cosmopolitan, as well as very thrifty.

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Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

(79 St Vincent Street, G2 5TF, 0141 229 0000)

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This is a classic Iranian café, based on the original Bombay cafés which became popular in India during the 19th century. However, the numbers of Bombay cafés is dwindling, so Chaakoo is dedicated to preserving the Bombay café legacy.

You can sip on a classoc Irani Chai tea and nibble on some tasty grill dishes while watching the world go by. The owners are keen for the café experience to be as authentic as possible.

The prices are also excellent – there is a lunch time deal, where tiffin and fries cost just £7.50, and a grill or curry costs £9.50.

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Maddy lives in Edinburgh and has written for the Sunday Herald and the Ed Fringe Review. She is passionate about authentic, sustainably sourced food, and is always keen to discover exciting new flavours.
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