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5 of the best cooked breakfasts 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? Sean Murphy finds out.

Published: June 8, 2015

Most of us need several key things to set us up for the day; a strong coffee, a refreshing shower and perhaps most importantly - a hearty breakfast.

In Scotland, we have turned breakfast into an art form, forging ahead from the days of the simple sugar or salt on your porridge conundrum to cultivate an array of options for our morning munch that will keep us satisfied no matter what day of the week it is.

We've taken away the hassle of travelling back to your parents/grandparents/uncle/aunties (delete where appropriate) house to beg them to cook your favourite breakfasts and instead provided some of the best places to go in Glasgow to get yourself a morning (or evening, if you're in the mood for an all day effort) feast.

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 Brooklyn breakfast for two. Picture: Tribeca

The Brooklyn breakfast for two. Picture: Tribeca

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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Picture: Yelp

Picture: Yelp

For something a little more healthy.....


(142A Saint Vincent Street, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2 5LQ
0141 248 9771)

Martha's makes great food that's healthy without substituting the flavour or the variety. In fact it's probably one of the only places we know of where you can get a smoothie or a yoghurt pot for breakfast one day and a roll and (scrumptiously good Ayrshire) bacon the next.

With a tagline that reads 'fast natural food' and a focus on healthy, locally sourced produce, it's also a food geek's paradise. Offering nutritional advice, an extensive smoothie menu and a shed load of other extras you really can't go wrong with breakfast from Martha's.

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Picture: Martha's

Why can't it be 10am? Picture: Martha's

For those on a budget......

Cafe Wander

(110 W George St, Glasgow G2 1QJ)

Sometimes you want to just go somewhere with minimal fuss and minimal pricing, then Cafe Wander will fill that niche.

Not exactly a no frills kind of eatery - you can treat yourself here too if you want to - Cafe Wander covers the basics well, with great food at great prices.

Carrying an extensive breakfast menu listing everything from a simple breakfast roll - triple filling only £3 - to a full on Scottish fry-up feast for just over £6, you'll find a trip to Cafe Wander won't break the bank.

The food is cracking and CW doesn't sacrifice flavour in it's pursuit of low prices.

Don't worry if you want something slightly less filling and possibly more healthy, they also offer crunchy granola and porridge too.

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.


Yup, we need one of these right now. Picture: Gusto and Relish

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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