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Heather’s guidebook

Great wee places for hungry travellers to eat out
Favourite food places locally, filled with life and people who want to spend time with each other.
A stone's throw from the apartment is the marvellous Hotel Du Vin. Luxurious hotel with a great bistro (interesting dishes cooked with imagination and flair) and a gorgeous bar. You can just pop in for an early evening cocktail (or a late-night dram on the way home) and 'coorie in' on a large velvet couch (casual dress is absolutely fine). Beautiful, lush interiors! Check out all the 5 star trip advisor reviews.
Hotel du Vin Glasgow
1 Devonshire Gardens
A stone's throw from the apartment is the marvellous Hotel Du Vin. Luxurious hotel with a great bistro (interesting dishes cooked with imagination and flair) and a gorgeous bar. You can just pop in for an early evening cocktail (or a late-night dram on the way home) and 'coorie in' on a large velvet couch (casual dress is absolutely fine). Beautiful, lush interiors! Check out all the 5 star trip advisor reviews.
Just a 20 minute walk from the apartment. Favourite place to have a curry in Glasgow (there are loads of great places though). Situated in amongst the brick pubs and white-washed buildings of Ashton Lane. Open until 11pm Friday and Saturday night and they will try and squeeze you in, even when it's pushing closing time. They do a lovely Thali menu too (Monday - Thursday until 5.30pm, Friday - Sunday until 3pm). It's a small, snug little space with brilliant food and great service. Try and make time to go -you won't be disappointed.
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The Wee Curry Shop
29 Ashton Ln
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Just a 20 minute walk from the apartment. Favourite place to have a curry in Glasgow (there are loads of great places though). Situated in amongst the brick pubs and white-washed buildings of Ashton Lane. Open until 11pm Friday and Saturday night and they will try and squeeze you in, even when it's pushing closing time. They do a lovely Thali menu too (Monday - Thursday until 5.30pm, Friday - Sunday until 3pm). It's a small, snug little space with brilliant food and great service. Try and make time to go -you won't be disappointed.
Oran mor is a 15 minute walk from the apartment (down Great Western Road). It's a sociable wee place, with a choice of two restaurants (or option to have bar food). Also has a lush whisky bar and a venue / club downstairs. Classic, tasty Scottish meals worth sampling. Also hosts the 'Play, a pie & a pint' events - check out online.
Brasserie at Òran Mór
730A Great Western Rd
Oran mor is a 15 minute walk from the apartment (down Great Western Road). It's a sociable wee place, with a choice of two restaurants (or option to have bar food). Also has a lush whisky bar and a venue / club downstairs. Classic, tasty Scottish meals worth sampling. Also hosts the 'Play, a pie & a pint' events - check out online.
A 10 minute walk from the apartment - located in Cleveden neighbourhood. A cosy, earthy bistro cafe (tasting menus) serving Shetland Oysters, Scottish Lobster and traditional fish and chips. Thoughtful options for the veggies too. They are the folk who also own the famous '6 by Nico' down in Finnieston. Online reviews speak for themselves.
111 by Nico
111 Cleveden Rd
A 10 minute walk from the apartment - located in Cleveden neighbourhood. A cosy, earthy bistro cafe (tasting menus) serving Shetland Oysters, Scottish Lobster and traditional fish and chips. Thoughtful options for the veggies too. They are the folk who also own the famous '6 by Nico' down in Finnieston. Online reviews speak for themselves.
Small, simple restaurant with a mezzanine floor - 20 minutes walk from the apartment. Has an ever-changing Scottish menu and known for fabulous service. Chef will absolutely cater well for vegans and vegetarians too. Check out the fabulous reviews!
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Number 16 Restaurant
16 Byres Road
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Small, simple restaurant with a mezzanine floor - 20 minutes walk from the apartment. Has an ever-changing Scottish menu and known for fabulous service. Chef will absolutely cater well for vegans and vegetarians too. Check out the fabulous reviews!
A 20 minute walk. Busy wee Glasgow/Italian cafe. Great for people watching if you can secure a stool at the window. Casual pizza slices and range of pasta. Food will speak for itself.
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Little Italy Pizzeria
205 Byres Rd
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A 20 minute walk. Busy wee Glasgow/Italian cafe. Great for people watching if you can secure a stool at the window. Casual pizza slices and range of pasta. Food will speak for itself.
Just a 5 minute walk from the apartment. Situated in a 3-sided glass box in the Hyndland area. Has an exterior decking area which comes into its own when the sun's shining. Website declares 'modern yet relaxed back-drop for authentic Italian cuisine' which pretty much sums it up. Lots of locals go there!
Caffe Parma
30A Hyndland Rd
Just a 5 minute walk from the apartment. Situated in a 3-sided glass box in the Hyndland area. Has an exterior decking area which comes into its own when the sun's shining. Website declares 'modern yet relaxed back-drop for authentic Italian cuisine' which pretty much sums it up. Lots of locals go there!
Take-away pizza made by Marco and his team, just 5 minutes walk from the apartment (they also deliver). Open till 10pm. They have a giant menu and many say it's the best take-away in Glasgow. Check it out if you're staying in!
Pizza Magic
72 Hyndland Rd
Take-away pizza made by Marco and his team, just 5 minutes walk from the apartment (they also deliver). Open till 10pm. They have a giant menu and many say it's the best take-away in Glasgow. Check it out if you're staying in!
Places for a quiet drink or nocturnal adventure
Where Scots have sat sipping alcohol with friends for centuries
Pub food early evening but standing room only by 9pm (weekends anyway). Music comes in the form of bagpipes, dance band tunes from an accordion or folk songs (Thursday - Sunday). Traditional, casual friendly bar with authentic Scottish pub culture. See you down there!
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The Park Bar
1202 Argyle St
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Pub food early evening but standing room only by 9pm (weekends anyway). Music comes in the form of bagpipes, dance band tunes from an accordion or folk songs (Thursday - Sunday). Traditional, casual friendly bar with authentic Scottish pub culture. See you down there!
This bar has a bothy, Scottish feel and a laid-back vibe. Located across the road and down a bit from the Park Bar. Great wee drinking hole with obscure taxidermy, an impressive whisky bar and and traditional music sessions.
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Ben Nevis Bar
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This bar has a bothy, Scottish feel and a laid-back vibe. Located across the road and down a bit from the Park Bar. Great wee drinking hole with obscure taxidermy, an impressive whisky bar and and traditional music sessions.
Great local boozer with best choice of real ales in the west end.
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Tennent's Bar
191 Byres Rd
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Great local boozer with best choice of real ales in the west end.
Tiny cosy wee gem of a bar which sits under 'the Ubiquitous Chip' (bar and restaurant) upstairs. Specialises in whisky and charm. Great people watching, the roof terrace and the coal fire are all to be enjoyed in 'the chip' bar upstairs.
The Wee Pub at the Chip
12 Ashton Ln
Tiny cosy wee gem of a bar which sits under 'the Ubiquitous Chip' (bar and restaurant) upstairs. Specialises in whisky and charm. Great people watching, the roof terrace and the coal fire are all to be enjoyed in 'the chip' bar upstairs.
A cosy, calm cove of nice beer, easy going people and a lit coal fire in winter. Outdoor seating area to be enjoyed in summer. Fills up quickly!
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The Belle
617 Great Western Road
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A cosy, calm cove of nice beer, easy going people and a lit coal fire in winter. Outdoor seating area to be enjoyed in summer. Fills up quickly!
A warm, welcoming place with a superb menu. Vegans and vegetarians well catered for here. There's a quiz most Monday evenings (it alternates between being unexpectedly easy and eye-waveringly hard) with a £75 bar tab up for grabs. It's the kind of pub you're sorry to leave!
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The Sparkle Horse
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A warm, welcoming place with a superb menu. Vegans and vegetarians well catered for here. There's a quiz most Monday evenings (it alternates between being unexpectedly easy and eye-waveringly hard) with a £75 bar tab up for grabs. It's the kind of pub you're sorry to leave!
Everywhere has an Irish Bar and this is ours. Fabulous beer garden in summer months and usually live music through the week. Can be a tight squeeze. Perfect quiet sit-down after a visit to the Wee Curry Shop upstairs.
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Jinty McGuinty's Irish Bar
29 Ashton Ln
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Everywhere has an Irish Bar and this is ours. Fabulous beer garden in summer months and usually live music through the week. Can be a tight squeeze. Perfect quiet sit-down after a visit to the Wee Curry Shop upstairs.
Definitely a wee hidden gem of a wine bar. Only fits a few folk around one table. Welcoming, friendly and unforgettable. Opening times (might change so check) Tuesday - Friday (1.30pm - 10pm) Saturday (10.30am - 10pm) Sunday (2.30pm - 10pm) Closed Mondays
Vino Valentino
6 Chancellor St
Definitely a wee hidden gem of a wine bar. Only fits a few folk around one table. Welcoming, friendly and unforgettable. Opening times (might change so check) Tuesday - Friday (1.30pm - 10pm) Saturday (10.30am - 10pm) Sunday (2.30pm - 10pm) Closed Mondays
Jaunts and Jollies in and around Glasgow through the day
Places worth a visit
Famous second-hand market open at the weekend. Has been a bit down at heal in recent years but has recently picked up again since the new, young movers and makers moved into the market.
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The Barras Market
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Famous second-hand market open at the weekend. Has been a bit down at heal in recent years but has recently picked up again since the new, young movers and makers moved into the market.
Great spot for afternoon tea down in Finnieston area. Hopefully the vintage shop 'Tart' will be open next door for a rummage around.
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The Hidden Lane Tea Room
1103 Argyle Street
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Great spot for afternoon tea down in Finnieston area. Hopefully the vintage shop 'Tart' will be open next door for a rummage around.
Artists studio space which also host events like Judy's vintage fairs. Check out details online.
WASPS Artists Studios
77 Hanson St
Artists studio space which also host events like Judy's vintage fairs. Check out details online.
Atmospheric cemetery inspired by Père Lachaise in Paris and dating back to 1833. Views across the whole city. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshment at the Drygate Brewery nearby.
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Glasgow Necropolis
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Atmospheric cemetery inspired by Père Lachaise in Paris and dating back to 1833. Views across the whole city. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshment at the Drygate Brewery nearby.
Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the east end of the city.
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Drygate Brewing Co.
85 Drygate
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Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the east end of the city.
A wonderful hidden gem, well worth a visit (contact for show times and book a space). It's a theatre of kinetic sculpture, where hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light.
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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
103 Trongate
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A wonderful hidden gem, well worth a visit (contact for show times and book a space). It's a theatre of kinetic sculpture, where hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light.
A tea house like no other. It's a mad wee place, great for a cuppa and a game of scrabble. Fairy lights frame the walls, cushions are mashed down into the grooves of the seats and the owners' cat stalks the floor space.
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Tchai-Ovna House of Tea
42 Otago Ln
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A tea house like no other. It's a mad wee place, great for a cuppa and a game of scrabble. Fairy lights frame the walls, cushions are mashed down into the grooves of the seats and the owners' cat stalks the floor space.
Glasgow's only independent radical bookshop (located in the east end, down near the barrios market). Also sell hoodies, t-shirts and flags. Open Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm.
Calton Books
159 London Rd
Glasgow's only independent radical bookshop (located in the east end, down near the barrios market). Also sell hoodies, t-shirts and flags. Open Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm.
Landmark, domed public library with over 1 million reference books, free wi-fi, a cafe and a theatre.
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The Mitchell Library
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Landmark, domed public library with over 1 million reference books, free wi-fi, a cafe and a theatre.
Superb street food market open at the weekend (Friday - Sunday from 12noon). Range of food vans and large Check out Glasgow's only Banksy (iconic graffiti stencil made by celebrated artist Banksy). It features a pistol wielding person in a monkey mask firing bullets. This was done when Banksy visited the city as part of the Peace is Tough exhibition held in the Arches back in March 2001. The work is located next to the old entrance to the arches.
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The Arches
253 Argyle St
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Superb street food market open at the weekend (Friday - Sunday from 12noon). Range of food vans and large Check out Glasgow's only Banksy (iconic graffiti stencil made by celebrated artist Banksy). It features a pistol wielding person in a monkey mask firing bullets. This was done when Banksy visited the city as part of the Peace is Tough exhibition held in the Arches back in March 2001. The work is located next to the old entrance to the arches.
Small, atmospheric local cinema. Book a sofa up the back of the cinema and relax properly.
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Grosvenor Cinema
24 Ashton Ln
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Small, atmospheric local cinema. Book a sofa up the back of the cinema and relax properly.
Nice selection of independent shops, bars and restaurants in Glasgow's west end.
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Ashton Lane
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Nice selection of independent shops, bars and restaurants in Glasgow's west end.
Go and visit the atmospheric cloisters - good photo opportunities up there. Panoramic city views to boot.
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University of Glasgow
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Go and visit the atmospheric cloisters - good photo opportunities up there. Panoramic city views to boot.
Glasgow's Botanic Gardens which are a 5 minute walk from the apartment.
Kibble Palace
Glasgow's Botanic Gardens which are a 5 minute walk from the apartment.
Aim to go when you can catch the organ recitals which occur at 1pm (Monday - Saturday) and 3pm Sunday.
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Umjetnička galerija i muzej Kelvingrove
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Aim to go when you can catch the organ recitals which occur at 1pm (Monday - Saturday) and 3pm Sunday.
Check out www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk for an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Glasgow's Central Station. The tour allows you to walk in the subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow's streets, hear tales of the famous and infamous who have travelled the tracks and stood on the platforms of Glasgow Central Station.
Central Station
Check out www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk for an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Glasgow's Central Station. The tour allows you to walk in the subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow's streets, hear tales of the famous and infamous who have travelled the tracks and stood on the platforms of Glasgow Central Station.
Places worth a visit outside Glasgow (car required)
If you want to jaunt a little bit further..
Little Sparta is a garden in the village of Dunsyre in the Pentland hills. Created by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay and his wife Sue Finlay. The 5 - acre Acardian garden includes concrete poetry in sculptural form. One of my favourite gardens in Scotland.
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Little Sparta - the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
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Little Sparta is a garden in the village of Dunsyre in the Pentland hills. Created by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay and his wife Sue Finlay. The 5 - acre Acardian garden includes concrete poetry in sculptural form. One of my favourite gardens in Scotland.