5 of the best places to get breakfast in Glasgow

Few things get us going better in the morning than a hearty Scottish breakfast, but where are the best places to go in Glasgow? We find out.

Published 22nd Mar 2016
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The ‘there’s no way I can finish all this’ option…..

Tribeca Bar and Grill

(West end: 102 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6NX Woodlands Road: 144 Park Road, Glasgow, G4 9HB
Southside: 1 Fenwick Road, Glasgow, G46 6AU)


Bringing a little slice of the Big Apple to Glasgow, Tribeca is one of the best places to go for omelettes, pancakes and of course French toast. The menu is varied and elevates breakfast to an art form, from the five egg omelettes to the Manhattan Grand Slam, if you like your breakfasts big and boisterous you’ll love Tribeca.

Be prepared though, Tribeca breakfasts are not for those who enjoy small servings, they come in whopping portions which make them all the better for sharing!

The classic option...

Café Gandolfi

(64 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1NY, 0141 552 6813)

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The phrase 'Glasgow institution' is over used but few places evoke the feeling of having been around forever like Cafe Gandolfi in the Merchant City.  This wonderful venue has a relaxed atmosphere and quality food.

Their breakfasts are all made to order (so give yourself plenty of time) and their Stornoway black pudding and their full Scottish breakfast - including a vegetarian option - are the stuff of legend. We also regularly indulge in the Eggs Alba with peat smoked salmon and con't recommend it enough.

The vegan friendly/vegetarian option……

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The 13th Note

( 50-60 King Street, Glasgow G1 5QT, 0141 553 1638)


Thankfully, Glasgow’s veggies and vegans are feeling the food love too as they aren’t left out in the city’s burgeoning breakfast scene.

While most of the eateries mentioned on this list offer some kind of vegetarian/vegan option, only 13th Note goes all out to cater for those of use who love their scran a little more on the green side.

Offering not only porridge and the simply wonderful huevos mexicanos (scrambled tofu with a mixture of fillings and a tortilla wrap), the 13th Note even does a vegetarian version of a full Scottish breakfast! With vegetarian sausage and bacon and the much lauded tattie scone.

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The East end favourite...


(473-477 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1RD, 0141 554 3822)

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Picture: Wow 24/7

A true city favourite and locally loved, Coia's is an eatery that's been at the heart of east end in some form or another since around 1928. Part of the Scots-Italian legacy that is famous throughout Glasgow, the café and delicatessen serves everything from wine to ice-cream but it's the breakfasts that will have you coming back again and again.

Try the legendary Coia's breakfast (A full Scottish that has to be seen to be believed) or the delicious eggs in purgatory - 2 eggs poached in Napoli sauce and served with Italian style bread.

Or if you are feeling adventurous try the new specials range and go American with steak and eggs or Coia's waffles either way you'll find Coia's is perfect morning pick me up and if you're in a rush you can always settle for the breakfast deal and get a cup of coffee and a morning roll for just £3.50.

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Looking to spoil yourself…….

Gusto and Relish

( 729-731 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2AA, 0141 424 1233)


Sometimes, you find a place that just goes that extra mile and in Gusto and Relish – a family run cafe-deli on Pollokshaws Road in Glasgow’s southside – you can see that extra effort reflected in their stunning food.

Offering an varied menu for both sit-in and take-away, they create their dishes using only the best quality ingredients from local suppliers.

The southside eatery also makes its own sausages, black pudding and potato scones – all using their own special recipes – and even smoke and cure their own bacon too.

All this attention to detail and commitment to high quality ingredients allows them to create some of the best breakfasts you’ll get anywhere  in Glasgow. Don’t believe us? Check out the reviews here.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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