Meadow Road Coffee leads the charge of speciality coffee shops cropping up around Partick. The independent cafe serves espresso and filter coffees sourced from local roasters Dear Green Coffee, with regularly-rotated guests appearing on the menu.
There are fewer sights more striking in Glasgow than the River Clyde. Luckily, Partick offers one of the best views over the river, best snapped for Instagram with a backdrop of a vibrant sunset, or the ultra-modern peaks of the Riverside Museum. Another of Partick’s most Instagrammable spots greets you as soon as you step off the train; Australian street artist Guido van Helten created several murals in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Badminton, hockey and netball players are immortalised on towering buildings all around the station.
The foodie opportunities are endless; simply take a stroll down Dumbarton Road for independent restaurants in their droves. Down To Earth Organic Kitchen alleges to be Scotland’s very first 100% organic kitchen, sourcing all ingredients locally and ethically. Tantrum Doughnuts is where those looking for a sugar fix end up; hand-crafted, moreish doughnuts line the counter, with flavours as varied as almond old fashioned, pistachio and hibiscus, and banoffee pie.
You’ve (probably) heard of Glasgow’s West End, and if you saw last year’s Hip Hangout Guide, you’ll be familiar with Finnieston. But one part of the city that’s flown under the radar until now is Partick. Previously considered the poorer relation to nearby Glasgow neighbourhoods, Partick is fast becoming the spot for students and young professionals looking for an affordable and vibrant space to live, work and play.
Many moons ago, it used to be its very own borough, something which is still felt today thanks to its community village vibe. Running right through the centre of the neighbourhood, Dumbarton Road is the area’s main artery, off which independent shops, restaurants and an abundance of charity shops sit. In just a few footsteps you can indulge in a culinary tour of the world, taking in vegan Asian fare at Nam Tuk Tram Stop, Vietnamese at The Hanoi Bike Shop, and European dishes at Roastit Bubbly Jocks. Meanwhile, Siempre bicycle cafe has got your bike and food fixes sorted, tending to the pesky woes of two-wheel rides while you tuck in to locally-sourced dishes, coffee, or vegan wine. For a spot of alfresco sipping, head out to its secret garden where the walls are lit up with graffiti and bicycle wheel art.
And for your shopping fix? You’ve got Colab Store for that. As an independent lifestyle and concept store, it features quirky gifts from sunglasses to grooming products, artwork and bags – or you can just pop in for a warming cuppa. With various brands of coffee on show behind the counter, there’s more than enough variety to keep you fuelled up over several visits!
Specialising in coffee, tea and cake, For Fika Sake Cafe is an artisan cafe with a difference. Its cakes are sourced from a selection of places across the city, including Freedom Bakery, a Low Moss prison-based initiative which seeks to develop the skills of people held in custody. There are vegan and gluten-free options available too! After dusk, head to The Sparkle Horse where you’ll find students propping up the bar alongside those resting after the 9-5. The pub has board game nights, quizzes, cheap eats and even baby discos.