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Glasgow's Alternative Tour

Jul 20, 2006  I just love this city
4.0 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

It's always good to visit a city, when you have a friend who lives there. You get to see the city in a different way, find the best places to eat, the best cafes and the most interesting places....here's my guide to Glasgow....

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Tchai-Ovna House of Tea

    Tchai-Ovna House of Tea is inspired by the teahouses in Czech Republic. They offer over 80 different kinds of teas from around the world [it takes a while to get through the menu]. The cafe is a fantastic place to chill out, try their yogi yogi chai it's fantastic, there are two tea rooms in the city, one in the west end and another in Shawlands, on the southside. you can drink tea and eat biscuits, and play scrabble or chess all afternoon.....really unusual little place

  • 2. The Tramway

    Fantastic arts and performance venue in the southside of the city, The building was once a tramshed and then the main tram terminus for the city of glasgow. The space is really unusual, it has a great cafe - reasonable priced. A few years ago the tramway opened the first phase of their hidden gardens, it's well worth a visit a very contempory but people friendly garden, in the summer they often have ethnic music in the garden. Great quiet spots, very child friendly space.

  • 3. Queens Park

    Glasgow is famous for it's parks, we have so many but Queens park is possibly my favourite. Located in Shawlands in the southside, it is well worth a visit any time of the year. The park was created in memory of Mary Queen of Scots, by Joseph paxton [sir]. My favourite part of the park are the ponds, where one can feed the ducks and swans, on a sunday morning the boat club fills the ponds with their model boats .....it's quite a sight, every second Saturday there is a farmers market, at the Victoria road gates, mmm lots of goodies. If you walk up to the flag pole in the middle of the park, you get one of the best views of the city, you can see the East of the city all the way round to the campsies, in the south-west. The park also has a small Botanical Gardens, insect house...go and explore. I always find a trip to brooklyn cafe, for some homemade ice cream an essential, while visiting the park

  • 4. Gambrino Pizzeria [333 Great Western Road]

    If your looking for some where good to eat, go to Gambrino Pizzeria on Great western Road, in the westend [close to Kelvinbridge underground]. This is my favourite restaurant, the foods good, prices are good and the service is great.
    try their garlic bread, and they do a great caprese salad, and their Lasagne's good....

  • 5. Glickmans Sweet Shop

    Glickmans is the oldest sweet shop in Glasgow, it's over a hundred years old and the sweets are still made in the back shop, they have a fantastic selection, it's definetly where 'she was like a kid in a sweet shop' came from. Rhubarb and custurd, home made toffee, fudge and tablet. The shop is behind the barras market...which is another great place to visit

  • 6. Cessnock

    it's an interesting wee area, quite ethnic, close to the river. Get the underground to Cessnock subway station. the underground sign itself is the only one of it's kind left in the city. Outside the station is Walmer Cresent, a beautiful tenement building designed by the famous Glasgow Architect Alexander Greek Thomson. It's a pitty you can't access the building, as people live there. the building could do with a bit of tlc, but there are few examples of Thomsons work left in the city so go see. From Cessnock you can walk over to the Science Centre, which is beside the river, great place for kids and big kids [there is also the tower and an Imax cinema there]
    Alternatively you can walk from Cessnock to Bellahouston park, a beautiful park, which contains the house for an art lover, designed by Mackintosh....fantastic gardens, and a great contemporary play park for kids. the house for an art lover is beautiful, and has a great cafe and shop. Bellahouston park's great for a wander.

  • 7. mono bar

    Mono is a great wee place in the salt market area of the city centre. It has a great selection of vegan and veggie food, they make their own ginger beer, have great selection of organic food, wine and beer and they also have a record store. certainly a unique place...

  • 8. Shawlands

    Shawlands is a great area on the southside of the city, get there by train from central station or by bus. It's a lively area with some really interesting wee shops, good restaurants, bars and a couple of clubs. Situated beside Queens park, it's a great area for a wander.

  • 9. Citizens Theatre

    The citizens theatre is situated on the southside of the river, just a short walk from the city centre. Great theatre....reasonable prices

  • 10. Glasgow Film Theatre

    The Glasgow Film Theatre is the city's independent cinema, It's right in the heart of the centre, in an art deco building, good films and interesting offers. The cafe/bars small but they do great soup.