Glasgow’s Cosmopolitan International Eateries
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
Gone are the days when options for international dining in Glasgow extended no further than a few curry houses and the occasional trattoria. Now the city buzzes with cosmopolitan eating possibilities, with everything from Middle Eastern mezze to Polish pierogi available.
64 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1NY, UK
“The Gandolfi was one of the first cafés to open in Glasgow. In my early 20s, it felt so cosmopolitan that you could have a salad or a glass of wine or a cappuccino in a place other than a restaurant or a pub. It’s set in the offices of the city’...
7 Buccleuch St, Glasgow G3 6SJ, UK
“This is a tiny little shop close to my home that’s been converted to an Indian restaurant with an open kitchen. It only has five or six tables, but it’s hugely popular and serves really great curry.” - Stewart Laing This appeared in the...
42 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB, UK
Any tea aficionado best sharpen their sleuthing abilities and set out to find Tchai-Ovna. Squirrelled away on a residential street in the Glasgow Uni ’hood, this cosy tea house is a welcome reprieve from the damp cold that seats itself into your...
22 Bridge St, Glasgow G5 9HR, UK
Exotic Arabic charm hits guests from the word go at Nur with ballooning ceiling drapes and soft cushions heightening the Eastern atmosphere. The food is equally alluring. Egyptian staple foul -- a starter of tomato and fava beans -- is excellent...
5 Parkgrove Terrace, Glasgow G3 7SD, UK
Over the last couple of decades, Scotland's population has been boosted by an influx of Poles. These migrants from Eastern Europe have settled well in Glasgow and their influence can be felt in a number of sectors -- including the restaurant and...
35 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6AE, UK
Glasgow's large population of Italians know a good restaurant when they see it and La Lanterna has been catering to this discerning crowd for several generations now. Far from stuffy (it got an extensive refurb in 2015) this old dog isn't afraid...
28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow G3 7RU, UK
Glasgow is particularly well served by top-class Indian restaurants and Mother India is one of the city's best and most creative venues for the cuisine. Winning praise and awards for around two decades now, the restaurant offers made to order...
43 Mitchell St, Glasgow G1 3LN, UK
Having wowed diners in Edinburgh for some time, Chop Chop has proved a welcome addition to the Glasgow dining scene. They like to keep things simple here. The menu is short and manageable while a buffet option picks out the most popular dishes for...
161 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2UQ, UK
Glasgow is a little short on options for French dining, but this city centre gem compensates for the relative paucity of rivals. Named after co-owner Richard Dupupet's house in Burgundy, the restaurant is every inch your classic bistro. Staples...
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