24 hours in Glasgow
You’ll find culture, creativity and a whole lot more.
8am GO WEST
Get your caffeine fix at West End favourite Artisan Roast (15-17 Gibson St; artisanroast. co.uk), where freshly roasted coffee arrives daily from their own roastery in Edinburgh. Pick up a pastry and take a slight detour to beautifully landscaped Kelvingrove Park (6 Professors’ Square) before brunch.
10am EAT AND BE MERRY
Slip down to Singl-End (265 Renfrew St; thesingl-end.co.uk) and enter the below-street-level hub alive with colour and chatter. The menu covers everything from cooked breakfasts and homemade granola to baked goods and open sandwiches.
11.30am SAY YES TO ART
Check out an exhibition at GoMA, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (Royal Exchange Square; glasgowlife.org.uk). With four galleries and a rotating schedule of contemporary exhibits, plus the stunning 18th-century neo-classical building in which they are housed, it’s the ideal place to while away a few hours.
1.30pm SET OUT ON FOOT
Join one of The Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh’s Glasgow Walking Tours (164 Renfrew St; gsa.ac.uk). Led by current or former students, you’ll discover the works of innovative architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and learn about his style and life.
3.30pm HANG WITH THE HIPSTERS
Head to bustling Finnieston and secure a booth at The Finnieston (1125 Argyle St; thefinniestonbar.com). Showcasing more than 60 gins, a sultry interior and a menu focusing on ethically sourced seafood, it’s exactly what you deserve after the walk.
5.30pm AS THE SUN GOES DOWN
Take a stroll down the River Clyde to The
Hidden Lane (1103 and 1061 Argyle St) to browse the studios and arty boutiques, or hop over to stylishly retro Kelvingrove Café (1161-1163 Argyle St; kelvingrovecafe.com) for an expertly mixed cocktail.
8.30pm NEXT-LEVEL DINING
Make a reservation for dinner at Alchemilla (1126 Argyle St; thisisalchemilla.com) and satiate with Ottolenghi-alumna Rosie Healey’s stunning Mediterranean-influenced plates that change daily.
10.30pm END ON A HIGH
Check in to Malmaison (278 W George St; malmaison.co.uk) and finish with a nightcap in the Chez Mal bar, or head to your room for an indulgent soak in the tub, or simply to fall sleep in the plush bed.