By Maxine Todd
Need a new meat-free haunt? We’ve found Glasgow’s top five so you don’t have to!
Tchai-Ovna House of Tea
42 Otago Lane, G11 9PB
0141 357 4524
Overview: Just a short walk from Glasgow University, this cosy tea house complete with fireplace, sofas, drapes, cushions and shisha pipes has an exotic atmosphere. Its outdoor patio is perfect for relaxing in the summer sunshine.
Menu: A large selection of teas from around the world as well as a delicious range of vegetarian food, their falafel being the favourite.
Entertainment: Tchai-Ovna is gathering a good reputation for hosting alternative music events and exhibitions.
The 13th Note
50-60 King Street, G1 5QT
0141 553 1638
Overview: An independent music, art, comedy and theatre venue, bar and vegetarian and vegan café. Open daily from noon until midnight, seven days a week.
Menu: They offer an impressive menu, including Pad Thai noodles, Sri Lankan curry, and vegetable mousaka, as well as their burger, bun and Budvar for £5 deal. Food is available until 10pm and is served in the bar and in the cafe area.
Entertainment: Live music downstairs in the notecave every night.
10-14 Kelvinhaugh Street, G3 8NU
0141 576 5018
Overview: Sister venue of the better- known Stereo, The 78 is a vegan restaurant and bar. Decorated with a coal fire, comfy armchairs and sofas, chunky wooden tables and an old HMV 78 record player, they have created a bright, cosy, relaxed and welcoming environment, which becomes even better when the sun streams in the full-length French windows.
Menu: The menu is 100% vegan and free from animal produce, and offers a wide selection of starters, sandwiches, daily specials and desserts, and of course the veggie burger. They offer an extensive range of draught and bottled ales, beers, wine and soft drinks, which are all free any animal produce, and some are organic too. Food is served until 9pm.
Entertainment: Their free entertainment programme includes DJs at the weekends, live jazz on Sundays, “Dub’n’Grub” on Thursdays and an open mic night, “Sing and Drink”, on Wednesdays.
Saramago Café Bar
350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
0141 352 4920
Overview: This vegan food cafe is located within Sauchiehall Street’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, which provides a platform for exciting and inspirational cutting- edge contemporary visual art, performance, film, music, spoken word and other events.
Menu: Their menu boasts a range of soups, sandwiches, salads, mains and desserts, as well as a tapas-style sharing menu, all served until 10pm.
Entertainment: An exciting variety of nights take place in the café and terrace bar, such as Bobby Cleaver and Bamboo Palace present The Fantasy Club, Get The Records On, Super Africaine and HITS.
262 Woodlands Road, G3 6NE
0141 339 3020
Overview: Small but bright café and bookshop with second hand books covering the wall space and selling at very cheap prices.
Menu: Food is homemade and affordable, with a menu that consists of soups, sandwiches, baguettes, wraps and more filling options like chilli with nachos, mac and cheese, moussaka and stovies. Cakes and coffees also available.
Entertainment: Just books at the moment!