I lived six months in Glasgow. They were six months of mixed feelings. Good and bad experiences equally. However, two things went really well: my flatshare and discovering Glasgow. Everybody is obsessed with Edinburgh (me included) and for good reasons because it is a really pretty city. However, Glasgow is underrated and absolutely worth it. Hence why I’ll share with you my favorite spots in the city!
Corinne’s must see in Glasgow
You can find Ashton in the West end, just behind Hillhead subway station, parallel to Byres road. The street isn’t really long but so cute! There are lovely white houses and garlands all over the street. You can find there a 50s-style cinema and so many other restaurants and pubs. The Ubiquitous Chip is my favorite! If you walk further towards Great Western Road, you’ll get onto Cresswell Lane where there are loads of little cool shops!
The Hanoi Bike Shop
As you may have guess by the name, the Hanoi Bike Shop is a Vietnamese restaurant. It’s on Ruthven Lane, one of the streets perpendicular to Byres Road so you may not spot it right away. However, now that you know, keep an open eye because you won’t be disappointed! It’s Glasgow’s only vietnamese restaurant and OMG, it is so so good! Their Pho dishes are absolutely divine. I haven’t tried everything on the menu but everything sounds delicious. They are one of the reasons why leaving Glasgow makes me so sad.
Pollok Country Park
Situated at the South West of the city, Pollok park is a massive garden crossed by the White Cart Water and few other little water streams. You can access it taking the train at Glasgow Central to the Shawlands. It’s the perfect place for a walk on a sunny day. You can visit Pollok House and Gardens but also see Highlands cows. Highlands cows! The latter were my favorite I must be honest. I know there is also a museum. It’s definitely the best green area to have a lovely afternoon!
Any fans of Harry Potter amongst you? Because I am. I can’t tell how many times I have binge-watched the movies and read the books. I read it for the first time when I was nine years old and grew up with Harry Potter really. Anyway, yes, stepping foot in the University of Glasgow is like entering Hogwarts. Yes, you read well! Although the university was never a movie set, the main building is what inspired the author for Hogwarts in the books. The buildings are really pretty and on top of a hill so you get a full look out of the city.
One of the advantages of having a flatmate who’s been living in Glasgow for ages and knows everything about it. Laura, I am talking to you. Because she’s the one who talked to me about Tantrum Doughnuts. And about so many other things. Like Paesano Pizza (see below). Anyway, you can find Tantrum Doughnuts on Old Dumbarton Road just opposite of Kelvingrove museum so it’s the perfect place to go for coffee and treats after a visit there. There donuts are amazing! They are so colorful and original. They mix sweet and savory. It’s art. It’s edible art. Trust me when I say you should go.
My flatmate introduced me to Paesano Pizza. I went there the first time with my boyfriend. When my parents visited from France, I brought them to Paesano as well. They said it was the best pizza they ever had since they had been to Italy, which was three years ago. The massive pizza oven is at the back of the restaurant, you 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
I love going on wee walks and Glasgow offers the best walking tracks ever. You can wonder in the West End, in Finniston or in one of the many green spaces of the city. Speaking about green spaces, 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.
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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