Glasgow has always been a great place to be, whether for a flying visit or a longer stay. And while it’s full of classic tourist attractions like the Glasgow Cathedral and Castle tours, it’s also full of tiny gems less obvious to the naked eye. In this article, we’ll be looking over some of Glasgow’s underrated and perhaps hidden hotspots.


Although Glasgow is home to many well-known and celebrated venues like the Royal Concert Hall it’s also home to a number of less obvious theatrical stunners. Among these is the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. The world’s oldest surviving music hall, this underrated location has hosted numerous celebrities including Harry Lauder, Cary Grant when he used to be Archie Leech and, most infamously, Stan Laurel who made his debut there in 1906.

It closed for 60 years and was nearly gone for good until its renovation in 1997. Since then it’s thrived as a venue.
On the quirky side, there’s the Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery and Theater, a theater filled with Eduard Bersudsky’s mechanical Sculptures. Carved from scraps, the figures perform choreography to music and light to create “stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circle of life and death.

Wall_Food_1014′ via Flickr by Michael Stern (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Glasgow is also home to a number of extremely underrated culinary treasures. The Ubiquitous Chip, or simply ‘The Chip’ as it is also known, is a restaurant that focuses on Glasgweigan and Scottish cuisine. The brainchild of Ronnie Clydesdale, The Chip opened back in 1971 as something of an oddity. It has since then become a celebrated Glasgow staple.

Glasgow is a diverse city with all kinds of restaurants so don’t stop at Scottish cuisine. The city has an excellent selection of street food and also has a strong Asian fusion scene. Resturants like Dragon I serve up the best of both worlds with dishes like Stornoway black pudding spring rolls, which takes the Scottish classic of black pudding and mixes it with batter and sweet chilli sauce.

Coffee’ via Flickr by Cheryl Foong (CC BY 2.0)

Coffee Shops 

Like any good city, Glasgow is packed with places to get a good coffee, so rather than visit Starbucks you should check out a smaller, local venue. The city is full of excellent little coffee shops for you to check out and have a brew such as Offshore, which claims to be “Glasglow’s Friendliest Coffee shop”. If tea is more your thing, Tchai-Ovna: House of Tea is a cafe rooted in a “rustic cabin” and boasting over 80 types of teas from all over the world. If you’re looking for a bit of variety in your caffeine routine, there’s a whole range of high tea hotspots – you just have to look a little closer.

What did you think of my list? Has it inspired you to check out any of these venues? Let me know which sites you’ll be checking out in the comments below.

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