So you want to buy some fruit and veg
It’s official: 100% of Erasmus students hate the vegetables in the UK. Bland, flavourless, and expensive, finding decent food can be an uphill struggle. Plus, most of the veg comes from Spain, who hate us. If you’re looking for some tomatoes that actually taste of something, consider visiting the Polish supermarket in Partick. It’s cheap, and has the best vegetables in all of Glasgow. Also, basically any asian supermarket, not only do they have flavourful veg but they are the best source for dried beans, lentils, rice, spices. If you’re vegan on a budget they are the ideal place to go. Special mention here to SeaWoo, a gigantic shop in Cowcaddens where you can find any east asian ingredients you could ever want.
The Glasgow Uni Food Coop (located in a cupboard under the stairs on the ground floor of the QMU) is a great place for locally produced fruit & veg, and wholefoods at wholesale prices (think a kilo of dates for less than 80p). It also makes you feel really good about yourself because it’s not for profit and far more sustainable than the Big Evil Corporations™. They’re usually there on fortnightly Friday afternoons and have regular pot luck events - or you can catch them on their facebook group or website.
Fuck Pizza Hut - an alternative to pizza in glasgow
Paesano is BY FAR the best pizza in Glasgow. Situated on Miller Street in town and now on Great Western Road beside the uni campus (!!). It's so good you only need to pay 6 quid for the margarita and it will taste a thousand times better than any shite meat deluxe you've ordered from Domino's. One of the few really good pieces of news in 2019 is that the good people of Paesano announced that they are turning their hands to pasta (!!!) with a new pasta restaurant called SUGO opening very soon in the city centre, so keep your eyes open for that! Other very good, notable pizza places include: Little Italy on Byres Road, which is the best Italian cafe with amazing pizza and authentic Italian radio, go for the 16 inch and choose any topping from the extensive list for a 10/10 pizza experience (also worth it for the pizza/renaissance inspired artwork). Mozza on Renfield Street is Tony Mac’s pizza branch-out and does really good sourdough pizzas for a fiver before 5pm!
Dumpling Monkey and the Curry Pot cheap eats.
Dumpling Monkey will change your life. You can spend £5 on some bomb noodle soup which will seriously fill you up, or you can spend £20 on some dumplings, a steamed bun, caramel bubble tea, ma po tofu, and pak choi in garlic sauce with enough left over for the subway home (you’ll need it). Curry Pot food is unreal plus it’s BYOB so bring a bottle of lambrini and impress your date. Both of the above are situated on Dumbarton Road at the bottom on Byres Road.
Civic House does lunch Tuesday through Friday for only £5. They only ever do one dish but it is always ridiculously good and vegan. You also get a massive portion and refillable coffee/tea is £1.50. You should go, you’d love it.
Banana Leaf does UNREAL South Indian food for pretty much no money. It’s like sitting in someone’s kitchen. You might not get all the food you ordered but it’s so cheap that you may as well just order the whole menu. It’s also BYOB, so you can buy cheap beers to drink (and get judged for drinking them cause nobody really drinks in there). It’s on Old Dumbarton Road, just near BrewDog and Mother India. Important Note: It’s closed on Tuesdays.
I might be biased but Glasgow has possibly some of the best breakfast eats in the world.
Nobody forgets the magic experienced tasting their first lorne sausage, but the city has a lot of variety to offer.
Best cafes (mainly Scottish fare):
THE SOUTHSIDE ISN’T AS SCARY OR AS FAR AS YOU THINK
Jump on the number 3, 4 or 6 bus to get to the southside and a whole new world of culinary experiences opens up to you. There’s somewhere new opening up on vicky road or in shawlands every day, some of our favourites are:
I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream
Do you ever long for a simpler time, free from edgy coffee franchises and suspicious fried chicken chains? Get into that Chomskyist, anti-corporate kick by visiting one of the many small, family-owned businesses that operate over all corners of Glasgow! If you find a cute, hand-painted sign, adorned with the name of the cafe’s locality (Queen’s Café, University Cafe, Langside Cafe etc.) then you know that you’re in store for some homemade ice cream and greasy food. Classic and responsible hangover cure. They will also have hot filled rolls for those who prefer something stodgier after drinking. A definite excuse to travel to the southside, and a more wholesome alternative to a sub crawl if you can travel to each one.
In Glaswegian ‘Piece’ means a sandwich. There is this place called Piece on Argyle Street that has the ‘piece’ down to an art. Worth the walk. Other good places for pieces include:
The single best choice for a quick lunch during a day at uni is the 2 for £1.20 samosa deal at Garden Fresh Exotics on Park Road, just off Great Western Road. It’s about 15 minutes there and back from the library and they’re made fresh daily so they’re super crispy.
ROSE & GRANTS
Are you wanting to try Scottish delicacies but your pesky vegan principles are getting in the way? Rose & Grants In the Trongate is the answer to your problems. They do an amazing vegan square sausage, as well as a Scotch pie with beans. They also have this faux cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel which will change your life.
THERE IS A VEGAN MAFIA, NO YOU CAN'T JOIN IT!
But you can eat in these delicious restaurants that makes Glasgow the self proclaimed vegan capital of the UK
FALAFEL FELEFAL FALAFEL
There are 3 types of people in the world (Glasgow): people who like Shawarma King; people who like Lazores; and people who prefer Kurdish. All 3 of them are great and bring different things to Glasgow’s shawarma or falafel game, but there are some other places that rival them for a falafel wrap: