Top 5: Blooming Marvellous Shops in GlasgowBy Lara Messer
Glasgow never fails to impress – as our desire for artisan coffees, organic veg and independent shops grows by the day, it seems like this city is constantly in bloom. Whether your visiting or live in Glasgow, we have it all: from trendy grocers to hipster coffee shops, our dear green place caters for all. Here’s some top picks for ethical, local produce and traditional Scottish tastes we think it’s about time you visited:
As a lover of organic and sustainable produce, I am always looking for beautiful delicatessens with a homegrown and local focus. I say, skip the trip to Tesco and get down to Locavore on Nithsdale Road,where all veg is grown in local allotments by keen gardeners with a true green thumb. Curly kale, juicy tomatoes and even some vegetables that are so foreign that I end up excitedly running to my cookery books for tips are on offer here.
Arrange a weekly Veg Bag for just £10 – brimming with seasonal vegetables that are the highest quality you could as for and for a fraction of the local supermarket prices. If you live locally, you can have your veg delivered by bicycle. Which makes everything taste better, really.
Add in some organic shampoos, nuts and grains, coffee, tea, seed bombs and more. Perfect for lovers of the earth – like you and I.
Locavore is at 66 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2AN
If you are fanatical about coffee and want to visit the best in Glasgow, Artisan Roast is the perfect cozy haven for you. Its vintage furniture, fresh sandwiches and of course, the incredible coffee, are the makings of something beautiful.
Along with friendly, coffee-loving baristas and an array of delicious cakes, you are set for a lovely afternoon.
It’s so refreshing to go to a cafe that is so passionate about what it does – you can really feel their enthusiasm as they make your beautiful coffee. One look at their blackboard and you will see you’re not short of choice – there are a variety of coffee blends available to choose from as they do all their own roasting – seasonal blends and an all year round espresso blend.
Overall, Artisan Roast is our go to place to quench our coffee thirst. It’s studenty atmosphere is most welcoming every time and we’ve not looked back since 2011. An added bonus to your visit? You get a loyalty card and a stamp each time you go. Which is perfect because you will continue to return forever more.
Artisan Roast is at 15-17 Gibson St, Glasgow, G12 8NU
Catherine is an extremely talented Scottish designer from Leith, Edinburgh. Using a mix of Harris Tweed and other heritage cloth, she creates wearable and flawless bags for men and women.
Mixing the characteristics of country life with chic design elements, Catherine has created an exquisite range from simplistic clutch bags to herringbone messenger bags. Scarves, accessories and of course, the ‘man bag’.
She has managed to create a selection of goods using traditional Scottish fabrics, without any of the cliché: stylish and organic with the most impeccable craftsmanship.
Catherine Aitken’s designs for men were also available at the pop-up shop, The Gentlemen’s Emporium for Luxury Goods, in Princes Square Glasgow this month, alongside some other Scottish treasures like Ten30 Menswear.
4. Glasgow in Bloom: Lavender Blue
The perfect thing to do at the weekend is to visit the lovely Lavender Blue, which is always brimming with fresh cut blooms, window displays to have you pressing up against the glass and the most friendly florists I have ever met. Allie, Jemma and Rosie are the talented trio at Lavender – creating bountiful bouquets for weddings, garlands for events or just a perfect posy for that Friday Feeling.
Allie is, the owner of Lavender Blue, is bubbly, extremely talented and will make you smile. She creates the most exquisite arrangements of flowers and thinks life’s too short for empty vases.
As well as flowers, pick up some handmade cards and scented candles. Or something floral that artistic Jemma has rustled up from her garden!
Lavender Blue is at 43 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5QF
A hidden gem, located in Glasgow’s De Courcys Arcade, The Cup and Saucer takes you into a different decade as soon as you walk through its merry little doors..
Laden with dainty chintz china, cake stands galore and 50’s charm.. it’s the perfect place to enjoy a slab of sumptuous cake (the selection was mouth watering) and a tea. The cakes, sandwiches and soups are all homemade too – in the beautiful kitchen with it’s yellow, larder style cupboards and pea green tiles.
You instantly feel at home in the Cup and Saucer – taking a step back in time, you are in the living room (quite literally) of someone very stylish from years by gone. Enjoy your loose-leaf tea with a side of nostalgia, served to you by the wonderfully vibrant owner, Samantha.
The Cup and Saucer is at De Courcys Arcade, Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, G12 8AA