Food Guides

Best Glasgow Artisan Food You Need To Try

1. Freshly Baked Goods From Cottonrake Bakery
2. Artisan Scottish Cheese From I. J. Mellis Cheesemonger
3. Locally Roasted Coffee From Papercup Coffee Company
4. Traditional Greek Pies From Pie-Pie
5. Homemade Pizza & Pasta From Eusebi Deli
6. Handcrafted Doughnuts from Tantrum Doughnuts
7. Scottish Haggis From Ubiquitous Chip
8. Glaswegian Whisky From The Clydeside Distillery
9. Bean to Bar Chocolate From Bare Bones Chocolate

Glasgow’s foodie scene is next level.

Keep reading for the best Glasgow artisan food you should try in the city.

1. Freshly Baked Goods From Cottonrake Bakery

Cottonrake is the best artisan bakery in Glasgow.

From homemade sourdough to French-style eclairs and choux buns, West End locals queue down the street everyday for their morning bakes.

Pastry and dough isn’t the only thing you can buy at Cottonrake, they also sell merch including tote bags and prints from local artists.

2. Artisan Scottish Cheese From I. J. Mellis Cheesemonger

artisan cheese I. J. Mellis Cheesemonger Glasgow
Artisan cheese from I. J. Mellis Cheesemonger

If you only visit one store in Glasgow it has to be I. J. Mellis Cheesemonger.

As purveyors of fine farmhouse and artisan cheese for over 27 years, I. J. Mellis has a reputation throughout Scotland for selling the best artisan cheeses on the market.

From Aberdeenshire Auld Reekie cheese to Inverness brie and gouda, here you can buy the finest Scottish made cheeses from small scale Farmhouse producers.

Of course, your artisan cheeseboard wouldn’t be complete without some biscuits and charcuterie.

Don’t forget to pick up some local Scottish oatcakes, as well as Great Glen venison salami from the Highlands.

I. J. Mellis is found on Great Western Rd in Glasgow’s West End.

West End is often considered the foodie hotspot of the city, with restaurants, coffee shops and artisan producers choosing to trade from this vibrant neighbourhood.

PS. Starter Culture in Queens Park is another great artisan cheese shop with an eclectic wine offering.

3. Locally Roasted Coffee From Papercup Coffee Company

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Artisan coffee at Papercup Glasgow

Coffee always tastes better when it’s roasted locally, and you’ll find the best coffee in Glasgow at Papercup Coffee Company.

Their quirky West End café serves coffee with Aussie-style brunch.

Alternatively, you can head to the actual coffee roastery just down the road for speciality coffee in the relaxing hideaway.

The team at Papercup are committed to sourcing ethically & environmentally sound coffee beans, and the coffee knowledge of staff is next level.

You can also buy bags of beans from both Papercup locations.

We tried the Colombia Jairo Arcila with notes of papaya and molasses, but the Rwanda Horizon with raspberry and cola also looked great.

4. Traditional Greek Pies From Pie-Pie

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Authentic Greek Pies via Hellenic Pie-Pie

Pie Pie is an authentic Greek pie shop near the river in Merchant City.

The reviews for this place are through the roof, and people flock from all over the city to try their Hellenic filo pastry pies.

Filled with savoury fillings like feta & spinach, creamy chicken or vegan spicy potato, these pies are the tastiest things you will try in Glasgow.

Equally famous are Pie-Pie’s Greek Freddos.

Greek Freddos are essentially iced double espressos with or without foamed milk.

A trip to Pie-Pie is essential for foodies in Glasgow.

5. Homemade Pizza & Pasta From Eusebi Deli

‘Born in Italy, made in Glasgow’.

The family-run team behind Eusebi Deli offer artisan Italian specialties made with carefully sourced produce.

Fresh pasta and Roman sourdough pizza is made each day and served in the charming traditional red-and-white deli.

Fresh breads, cannoli, olive oil and even Italian wine are also available in-store.

If you prefer to eat in, the adjoining restaurant provides the perfect spot for lunch and a spot of people watching in the leafy Kelvingrove area.

6. Handcrafted Doughnuts from Tantrum Doughnuts

Crème Brûlée doughnuts from Tantrum Doughnuts
Crème Brûlée doughnuts from Tantrum Doughnuts

Well worthy of a place in the Glasgow Artisan Food Guide is Tantrum Doughnuts.

Fed up with the mass produced, additive filled doughnuts that were saturating the market, Tantrum Doughnuts decided to shake things up.

They started to make handcrafted doughnuts, where every single ingredient is handmade from scratch.

From the signature brioche dough to the glazes, jams, custards and toppings, these doughnuts are definitely Glasgow’s worst kept secret.

I chose the Crème Brûlée doughnut, and it was probably in my top 5 doughnuts ever eaten.

7. Scottish Haggis From Ubiquitous Chip

Homemade haggis via Ubiquitous Chip
Homemade haggis via Ubiquitous Chip

You need to go to Ubiquitous Chip for the best homemade haggis in Glasgow (and in the whole of Scotland according to some).

The homemade venison haggis recipe has been served at the pub for nearly fifty years, plated traditionally with Neeps & Tatties and a side of whisky sauce.

Ubiquitous Chip also does great veggie/vegan haggis with a rich dark sauce – it’s undoubtedly the best meat-free version in Glasgow.

Aside from the traditional Scottish food on offer, ‘The Chip’ is an iconic Glasgow drinking establishment.

Perfectly placed on Ashton Lane, a charming cobbled street in the West End known for its nightlife, it’s worth visiting for a tipple even if you don’t fancy haggis.

8. Glaswegian Whisky From The Clydeside Distillery

Whisky flights at The Clydeside Distillery
Whisky flights at The Clydeside Distillery

Whisky is in Glasgow’s blood.

That’s the motto of The Clydeside Distillery founders, who create small-batch Artisan Scottish whisky in the city.

Found at old Queens Dock, the Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery is located in the Pumphouse building.

In the previous century, the clock tower building controlled the export of whisky from the docks to the rest of the world, and now it has been turned into a distillery itself.

Having only opened in 2017, the distillery’s first Single Malt was finally ready in 2021.

At The Clydeside Distillery, you can join a tour or pick up a whisky flight at the casual Clydeside Café.

We choose to try some drams in the café, which were served with Scottish cheese, chutney and oatcakes.

9. Bean to Bar Chocolate From Bare Bones Chocolate

Bare Bones Chocolate is reshaping Glasgow’s love affair with chocolate.

As a bean to bar chocolate company, the team roast their own cacao in the centre of Glasgow.

Chocolate is made in micro batches of 30kg only, meaning Bare Bones confectionery is in serious high demand.

The team behind Bare Bones are serious about sustainability, and they personally know every single cacao farmer that grows the beans they use.

Their factory shop is located on Osborne Street in the city centre, where you can buy all of their bars as well as speciality hot chocolate and gifts.

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Bare Bones factory shop in the centre of Glasgow via Bare Bones

I hope you enjoyed my guide to the best Glasgow artisan food. Don’t miss my guide to the best food in Inverness!