After I finished my master’s degrees in Edinburgh, I moved to Glasgow for my first graduate job. I lived there for six months. Which were a mixed bag of feelings, I am not gonna lie. I had both good and bad experiences in Glasgow. However, if there were two things that did indeed go very well, there are who I ended up sharing a flat with and discover the city of Glasgow. Which helped me put together this list of the best 7 things do to in Glasgow.
People are obsessed with Edinburgh. Myself including. Edinburgh is the Athens of North. It is where Harry Potter was born. Edinburgh is where J.K. Rowling used to live, where Arthur Conan Doyle lived as well. It is indeed a very pretty city, although quite windy, which has a lot of Instagrammable spots and a great food scene. Thus, you got it, I feel that Glasgow is quite underrated. While it should not be, because it is so worth it! So now, let’s get into my list of those 7 must-see in Glasgow!
Top 7 things to do in Glasgow
Ashton Lane, West End, Glasgow
Ashton Lane is the prettiest must-see in Glasgow. The street is located in the West End, behind Hillhead subway station, parallel to Byres Road. It was quite closed to where I lived (Hyndland). It is the Glasgow equivalent to Edinburgh’s Rose Street or London’s Soho. Small and pretty. The street is not that big indeed.
It is recognizable for it’s white painted walls and half-timbering. You can find fairy lights all over the street, giving it an eerie atmosphere at night. There is also a 50s-style cinema, a lot. of pubs and restaurants, which I was lucky enough to try. Not all, but some. The Ubiquitous Chip is so far my favorite! If you carry on walking towards Great Western Road, you’ll end up onto Cresswell Lane, where you can find a lot of little indie shops! Ashton Lane is one of the best things to do in Glasgow. Just because it is super pretty but also because it offers a relaxing and charming atmosphere!
The Hanoi Bike Shop, West End
Next on that list of the best 7 things to do in Glasgow is all about food. The name of the place probably gave. away a hint, but in case you did not get it, the Hanoi Bike Shop is a Vietnamese restaurant. It is located on Ruthven Lane, a street perpendicular to Byres Road. You. may not spot it right away and might have needed the help of a local to find it, but now with this Glasgow travel guide, you are all sorted!
In you are around and looking for somewhere to it, do not go further! Back when I lived in Glasgow, it was the city’s only Vietnamese restaurant. Even if it had competition, you’d know you can’t go anywhere else. The food does not disappoint! It tastes amazing! Their Pho dishes are divine. Really! Everything on the menu sounds fabulous, which makes it hard to choose. Bonus, they also are super affordable!
Pollok Country Park, Pollok
Another must-see in Glasgow. Sure, it is a bit further away from your ideal tourist itinerary but it is worth the sight! Located at the South West of the. City, Pollok Park is a massive park basically! So big, you’d think you are in the countryside! You can walk along the White Cart Water in the park and will find a lot of other little water streams. The best way to get there is by train, from Glasgow Central, to the Shawlands.
Glasgow is so lovely when it is sunny. A walk in the park is then the perfect thing to do. You can choose to wander in the park, visit Pollok House or go. see Highlands Cows! They are like regular cows but brown and with a lot of hair. They are quite unique to Scotland, although you can spot some in other parts of Europe. There is also a museum in the park should you feel like spending time somewhere quiet.
The University of Glasgow, Kelvinbridge
Let’s get more serious. Number one of the best 7 things to do is the University of Glasgow! Why? You’ll find out soon enough! Are you a fan of Harry Potter? If you are, like me, you know that the book series was born in Edinburgh where the author lived at the time. And that Victoria Street was the inspiration for Diagon Alley. What you may not know however, is that it is partly the University of Glasgow that inspired Hogwart’ architecture. Not you get what it’s a must-see in Glasgow!
Setting foot in the university is like entering Hogwarts. There is this vibe you see. And although the buildings were never used for filming, you can see the ressemblance. Another cool thing is that, first you can rent some rooms as a wedding venue (there is also a chapel). Second, the university is on top of a hill, giving you a gorgeous view of Glasgow.
Tantrum Doughnuts, Kelvinbridge
Another must-see in Glasgow, or maybe let’s call it a must-eat. The best thing about having a flatmate who’s been living in. Glasgow for ages is that she knows everything there is to know about it! She is the mind behind this blog post, sort of, since she is the one who gave me a lot of little tours of Glasgow. And she is the one who introduce me to Tantrum Doughnuts!
Who are they? What are they? It is in the name. They do donuts! And the most delicious at that! They actually are a small café, hidden amongst the streets of Kelvinhaugh. You can go there to grab a coffee or… a doughnut! Which are delicious, super colorful and have the best flavors! They mix. sweet and savory. It’s like edible art. You can find them on Old Dumbarton Road, just opposite Kelvingrove.
Paesano Pizza, Glasgow’s Merchant City
Another amazing place my flatmate introduced me to. And a place on top of the best 7 things to do in Glasgow. Again, not so much a must-see than. a must-eat. Paesano Pizza is the best pizza I ever had in the United Kingdom! I will not dare say in my life because I lived in Italy for a year and I don’t want to piss the Italian off. They are very proud people. And so should they. It’s like the. French and their cheese, if you see what I mean.
I took my then-boyfriend now-husband there. My parents were also introduced to the place, when they visited from France for my graduation ceremony. They also said it was the best pizza they ever had (also since they last holiday in Italy, three years prior) and have been recommending the place to anyone thinking of visiting Glasgow ever since. The massive pizza oven is at the back of the restaurant. You can see the pizzaiolos cook and pizzas coming out of the oven every second. The place is big, doesn’t take reservation but you won’t wait long before getting a table. Paesano is fairly cheap to UK standards and really, their pizza are delicious!
Royal Botanic Gardens, Hillhead
And finally, last but not least on this list of the best 7 things to do in Glasgow: the Royal Botanic Gardens. The city offers the best walking tracks: through streets, through parks, through gardens. If you need a little wander, you’ll find one: the West End, Finniston or any of the other green spaces, which come in high quantity.
Speaking of green spaces in Glasgow, my favorite are the Royal Botanic Gardens. I absolutely love walking through the green houses and seeing all these plants and flowers from everywhere around the world. Palm trees, orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants (they fascinate me), fern, etc. It is a really relaxing walk. You can learn more about nature or just grab a coffee and read a book.
That’s all for my top must-see in Glasgow. It’s already quite a lot! Do you live in Glasgow? Or have you ever been to the city and one of those places? What did you think? Other places to recommend?
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