This city sure knows how to do coffee.
If truth be told, we already knew how good the Glasgow coffee scene is but it’s always nice to be told when you’re right. A recent survey by a coffee subscription service carried out research into the amount of choice in coffee shops and roasters in certain areas of the UK, and our beloved city managed to nab joint second place with Manchester as the best destination for coffee lovers, beaten only by London.
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Giving each possible city and region two ranks – one for the number of coffee shops overall, and one for the number of roasters overall – Blue Coffee Box found that while Manchester took 2nd position for its range of choice in roasters, and 4th for its range of choice in cafes, this created an overall tie with Glasgow who initially took 3rd place in both categories. With a whopping 161 coffee shops and cafés at the time of writing, and 25 local coffee roasters, it doesn’t come much better than Glasgow if you’re looking for somewhere with plenty of choice for when you’re in dire need for a caffeine fix.
According to Blue Coffee Box’s research, people are raving about Glasgow coffee shop, Willow Grove, who have coffee shops on Sauchiehall Street and Edington Street and are renowned for their ability to get classic coffees (and accompanying cakes) absolutely spot on. Plus, they are the only coffee shop or café in Glasgow’s top 10 on TripAdvisor to currently boast a 5/5 rating overall (not too shabby, eh?) Willow Grove also caters well to veggies, vegans and gluten-free diners, as well as being a winning destination for a traditional Scottish breakfast.
Other venues taking prime positions in this survey’s best coffee lover destinations include the all-vegan outpost Picnic, Riverhill Coffee Bar, Cafe Wander and Papercup Coffee Company. Meanwhile in the world of roasters, you’d be hard pushed to find better beans than those on sale at Dear Green Coffee Roasters (organisers of Glasgow Coffee Festival), The Steamie and Gordon Street.
Blue Coffee Box co-founder Jon Butt, said: “Though we focus our own efforts on bringing people a great cup of coffee at home, we absolutely believe that a great cup of coffee should never be hard to find – whether you’re on holiday, working away, or just exploring in your own area.
“Anyone could tell you that London, the biggest city in the UK, was going to have the largest range of coffee destinations to choose from, but we wanted to shine a light on the other cities and regions with plenty to offer as well. Glasgow takes a well-deserved position in the top three, and I hope that anyone who champions great coffee will pay some of the city’s cafes and roasters a visit the next time they’re in the area.”
Find out all of the top 10 cities and regions for coffee lovers here.