We’re gradually coming out on the other side this spring with the government recently lifting all remaining Covid restrictions. And, it’s come at just the right time as temperatures are starting to get a tad warmer. To celebrate the lovely weather, we think a drink with friends is in order. And what goes best with catching up with mates you haven’t seen in aaages, I hear you ask? Coffee, always coffee. Whether it be hot or iced. At least in the earlier hours! So, here’s some great coffee shops near parks, allowing you to grab your takeaway coffee without leaving you miles away from your hangout spot.
West End coffee shops near parks
1. The Steamie
This cosy little spot in Finnieston has serious living room vibes and is just a short walk from Kelvingrove Park. The Steamie Coffee Roasters serve up their very own coffee blends, as well as delicious brunches and lunches to go.
📍 1024 Argyle Street, G3 8LX
2. Tantrum Doughnuts
This spot will also do you just right for a trip to Kelvingrove Park in the sun, with takeaway flat whites and delightful doughnuts ready to give you that boost. Show up to your park meet-up with a box of Tantrum Doughnuts and it’ll will make other park-goers envy you from six feet of social distance away.
📍 27 Old Dumbarton Road, G3 8RD
3. An Clachan Café
Here’s the most convenient one in the West End of Glasgow. It’s just a fact that many of you will be heading straight to Kelvingrove Park to chill with your pals, and An Clachan Café is literally in the park. Job done. Waltz into the park, grab your cup of java and be on your way. Simple.
📍 Kelvingrove Park, G3 7LH
4. Serenity Now
Open once again, Serenity Now on Great Western Road is perfect for both plant-based or non plant-based caffeine addicts looking to grab a drink and lunch or breakfast to go. Plus, if your meet-up involves walking the dogs in Kelvingrove Park, this coffee shop north of the park even has doggy treats so they needn’t miss out.
📍 380 Great Western Road, G4 9HT
5. Meadow Road Coffee
Glasgow’s West End has many parks to choose from including Victoria Park. Once coffee shop you can go via on route to Victoria Park, or even a stroll with friends by the Clyde, is Meadow Road Coffee. Serving brilliant bakes like delicious loaves, as well as vegan pies (hello mac and cheese and chicken curry pies) and sweet treats like brownies and caramel shortbread, this coffee shop is perfect for picnic supplies too.
📍 579 Dumbarton Road, G11 6HY
Somewhat of an institution in these parts, Papercup is quietly (or rather loudly, actually) ruling the Glasgow coffee scene. Famous for its brilliant brews and breakfasts, this coffee shop near Glasgow Botanic Gardens is definitely worth a visit, especially for a mouthful of their French Toast or a toasted sandwich to go.
📍 603 Great Western Road, G12 8HX
Southside coffee shops near parks
7. Toro Coffee
Turn heads in Pollok Park with a colourfully-patterned coffee cup from Toro Coffee, and if that’s not enough the coffee shop even sells incredible bagels by Holy Moly. Their sweet treats menu is also pretty envious with the likes of glazed cinnamon buns, duffins (doughnut meet muffin) and snowballs doused in desiccated coconut. It also has an incredible coffee selection and is served from their cute hatch.
📍 1484 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G43 1RN
8. Art Lover’s Café
Based in Bellahouston Park, Art Lover’s Café is a quaint stop off as you wonder the beautiful walled gardens with family and friends. The café is based in House For An Art Lover, which was inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the name speaks for itself as it combines art with coffee, tea and cake. The bakewell tarts served here are also pretty adorable.
📍 House For An Art Lover, 10 Dumbreck Road, Bellahouston, G41 5BW
9. It All Started Here
With a rotating menu of brilliant coffee from all over the UK and Europe, this hidden gem started off as a pop-up at markets and events around the city. It’s definitely worth a journey to Queen’s Park just to grab a coffee to go from here, believe me.
📍 75 Deanston Drive, G41 3AQ
10. Cafe Strange Brew
Another Pollokshaws Road fave and short walk to Queen’s Park is Cafe Strange Brew. This coffee shop are not only serving great coffee but their brunch menu is top notch. Their pancakes are a pretty big deal due to their specials and would make a great addition to any park meet-up. But order your own as once you taste them you might not want to share.
📍 1082 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G41 3XA
11. Grain and Grind
This coffee shop has four south Glasgow branches, many of which are near (or not too far from) parks- it’s like they planned it all along. The coffee shops closest to parks are their Strathbungo and Battlefield branches based north and south of Queen’s Park (both a three or four min walk), otherwise their Cathcart branch is around an eight minute walk to Linn Park. Be sure to check out Grain and Grind’s coffee of the week.
📍 742 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AD
📍 50 Battlefield Road, G42 9QF
📍 109 Clarkston Road, Cathcart, G44 3BL
12. The Boathouse
Right by Rouken Glen Park’s pond you’ll find The Boathouse. Grab a coffee and slice of cake to go and venture round this large park with friends or family. Coffee, catch ups and the cascading waterfalls at Rouken Glen Park make for a great day out after a long time of being apart.
📍 Rouken Glen Park, Davieland Road, Giffnock, G46 7UG
East End coffee shops near parks
13. Dear Green
One of the top coffee roasters in the city just so happens to be a short walk from the lovely East End outdoor space that is Glasgow Green. Sip on Dear Green’s Ballroom Blend as you head to this green space for a meet-up and pass the legendary Barrowland Ballroom and Barras Market that inspired that cup of joe.
📍 13-27 East Campbell Street, G1 5DT
It’s in the name so of course this Dennistoun coffee shop serves up some delicious scran, and coffee too. Whether it’s brisket or halloumi in that breakfast bun or a freshly baked pastry from Big Bear Bakery, treat yourself whilst on route to either the beautiful green space of Glasgow Necropolis or Alexandra Park.
📍 594 Alexandra Parade, Dennistoun, G31 3BS
15. East Coffee Company
Another coffee shop to head to on route to Glasgow Necropolis is East Coffee Company. Grab a takeaway coffee with either a bagel, bun or brownie, then head down Duke Street towards Glasgow’s most beautiful cemetery. East’s macaroni pies are also quite the addition to a park picnic.
📍 30 Hillfoot Street, G31 2LF