One might think, what makes a cool neighbourhood? Well, it’s a place with booming culture and nightlife, delicious and affordable food, as well as an overall sense of community. Basically, it’s an area everyone should be visiting. And this year, Shawlands in Glasgow’s Southside is the place to be, as it was named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out.
With Glasgow’s Great Western Road ranking as one of the coolest streets in the world earlier this year, now we have made it to the top 20 of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, ranking 11th on the list. Thousands of people were surveyed on what they thought were the coolest spots in town, and it is no surprise Glasgow did well once again.
Home to Queen’s Park, Pollok Country Park and plenty of coffee shops and restaurants, Shawlands is officially Glasgow’s coolest neighbourhood. Langside, Strathbungo and Govanhill have also contributed to the area’s success recently as many residents are picking the Southside over the West End nowadays.
What to do in Shawlands?
A noteworthy addition to Shawlands art scene is the newly refurbished and renowned Burrell Collection. Within the multiple galleries, visitors can discover the ways people used to live and witness art in various forms. Pollokshaws Road also hosts a myriad of independent small businesses such as Godshot Studio, where you can find the best French-Japanese pastries or Frankie Coffee for the best coffee.
And if you’re after a decent dinner, The Dapper Mongoose will be the place for exceptional food lovers. With a relaxed environment and a seasonal menu, guests can expect signature cocktails and high-quality food with a twist. Opt for the smoked pancetta and maple croquettes, cacio e Pepe risotto or the halibut fillet and finish off with a pistachio and olive oil cake for a wholesome dining experience.
The neighbourhood is also home to the Southside Fringe where artists and performers are given a week-long space in May to present their work. A Maker’s Marker will also take place on October 29 and 30 where visitors can support small local businesses and acquire new art. No wonder Shawlands was named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and there are still plenty of new places left to try.