Although on the working day, I’m not a breakfast kind of gal, when it comes to the weekend, typically, my favourite and most important meal of the day is brunch. I’m not sure what it is, and correct me if I’m wrong, but growing up brunch never seemed to be as big a thing as it is now? Am I right? It seems as though in recent years brunch has just blown up, certainly in Glasgow, with most places advertising the likes of bottomless brunches and boozy brunches, and breakfast menus getting fancier by the day. I’m not complaining though, I love a good old mocha and some sort of breakfast delight involving eggs to set me up for the day.
Now I’m at the stage of my life, I’m 24 and trying to meet up with my group of friends can prove difficult, with us all having our own commitments and just generally being busy adults, so when we do find the time for a catch up you can guarantee that it involves food, usually brunch. That’s why for this post I’m going to be sharing a few of my favourite brunch spots in Glasgow.
On Battlefield road is where you will find a south-side ray of sunshine called Grain and Grind, and a regular hot spot for those Southsiders as it can be a difficult one to grab yourself a table at. This is a chic little cafe serving up brunch, cakes and fresh coffee. Despite its constant flow of customers all day long, it has a relaxed atmosphere and has saved me and many others after a south-side night out.
My usual go to drink, the mighty mocha is great here and the poached eggs on toast are always a winner. However, on my next visit I’d be tempted to try the pancakes or french toast. After filling your belly with brunch, Queen’s Park is a stones throw away if you find yourself wanting to connect with nature, and you could even grab a coffee and cake to take along with you.
Right in the heart of Merchant City is where you’ll find another favourite of mine, Wilson Street Pantry. Another spot that you’ll find yourself racing to in order to compete for a table, especially around midday when all the nearby office workers are wanting a good feed. I’ve been several times now and I always end up getting the eggs Benedict, which to be honest after reading this post I think you’ll find that this is what I order everywhere I go. The hollandaise sauce is amazing, which is a plus as there’s been a few places I’ve visited where it can be on the watery side which is a big no no.
A lot of people I know order the french toast with berries and mascarpone and never seem to be disappointed with this choice so it’s one I’ll need to try one day when I sway away from my eggs. I’ve never had french toast in all my 24 years of life so this would be a first, hopefully Wilson Street Pantry can change me for the better and steer me away from my usual go to choices.
There’s always one cafe that will leave your Instagram feed looking dreamy and that’s Locker 1012. You’ll find this place in the new West End of Glasgow…Finnieston, with its pink exterior and interior standing out in between the bustle of shops and food places. It has its very own flower wall for your picture perfect backdrop, and everything right down to the kitchenware is aesthetically pleasing.
Locker 1012 offers Turkish delight lattes and hot drinks with decorative flowers perched neatly on top. Again, another place that does great eggs Benedict and since several visits following its opening, the menu has even expanded offering more choice when it comes to brunch. The pancakes are on my ‘to try’ but I’ve never actually had the chance to try them since I always end up with an enormous slice of one of many amazing cakes on offer that day. My personal favourite is the rainbow cake, it’s genuinely the best cake in the entire universe, with the angel cake coming in second after this of course.
On a sunny day you may find yourself sitting outside doing a spot of people watching, but that’s if you’re lucky enough to get a seat. With it not being the largest of places, it’s always pretty busy but that only confirms how good that it is, so definitely worth a visit.
It’s always a blessing having friends that share your love of food, and that can make some pretty good food recommendations for where to catch up at. This is why I’ve saved what I would refer to as quite possibly my favourite spot till last….Bramble. Another South-side hot spot, I hope you don’t mind waiting as this place can be queued out with a line stretching far along the street if you’re visiting on a weekend. I tend to judge places in terms of how busy they are, so if I pass and it’s empty I’ll maybe not rush to visit, but when I saw how busy this place was I knew it had something worth waiting in the cold for, and boy was that an understatement.
The wait isn’t always as long as it may seem so hang in there and hopefully you’ll be seated in no time. On my visit we ended up with a window seat, allowing us to people watch whilst scanning all the amazing options on the menu. Bramble does the BEST mocha in the cutest of mugs, and I loved the pieces of chocolate that had been shredded on top.
Obviously from now until goodness knows when, I’ll always order eggs benedict, and I think every stranger on the Internet now knows this, but I went for the Mexy Benedict which is like a ‘revamped’ eggs benedict with a twist. These were your typical poached eggs on some delicious grilled Italian bread, but with sweet and spicy chorizo, spiced Mexican sauce, avocado (I skipped this) and chipotle hollandaise sauce (I AM ALL FOR THIS!). This made my favourite brunch dish that little bit more extravagant and one to remember so I have been desperate to go back ever since.
If you can’t manage a cake after one of Bramble’s lovely dishes, then be sure to take one away with you or you’ll end up regretting it. They have many amazing sweet treats on offer and on the day I visited they happened to have a chocolate orange kit kat brownie, which I couldn’t say no to and I’m sure glad I didn’t as it was delicious.
I could spend all day writing about food so I’m going to stop there and maybe from reading this post you’ll find a new favourite spot in Glasgow for brunch. The brunch scene is constantly evolving with new places popping up each week which excites me and my eggs needs.
What is your favourite thing to order from a brunch menu, and where is your favourite place for brunch?