Accor Hotels have asked bloggers to share how they would spend 24 hours in their favourite cities – and my favourite city is, of course, Glasgow! Glasgow is without a doubt Scotland’s coolest city – it might not have Edinburgh’s regal looks but it’s got personality, culture and energy by the bucket load and it’s really quick and easy to get to!
So what to do with 24 hours in Glasgow? Well first I’d get checked in to the ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square Hotel – it’s in a great location and has such a fantastic, fun and bright design – just look how fab this room is!
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Image courtesy of Cottonrake Bakery
Once checked in I’d jump the subway to Kelvinbridge, from where it’s a short walk along the Great Western Road to Cottonrake Bakery for a yummy breakfast of freshly baked treats. On the way pop into the Glasgow Vintage Company and Caledonia books for a browse and perhaps a purchase or two!
Work off breakfast with a 15 minute walk down to Byres Road – visiting Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens on the way.
Byres Road is the heart of Glasgow’s West End – it’s full of boutique shops, great bars and restaurants; grab a coffee at Tinderbox, wander down Ashton and Ruthven Lanes, get an ice-cream from Crollas Gelateria and if you’re hungry there are plenty of options to choose from here; one of my favourites is the Hanoi Bike Shop
Glasgow University Cloisters
From Byres Road walk through the Glasgow University campus – the Cloisters are stunning and the university looks like something out of a Harry Potter film set
Glasgow is known for being Scotland’s City of Culture and there’s no better place for a museum lover than Kelvingrove – the building itself is stunning but inside there are some fascinating displays – my favourites being the floating head exhibition and Sir Roger the elephant
All that history and walking will have no doubt worked up a thirst – luckily Brewdog Glasgow is directly opposite Kelvingrove and offers a great selection of craft beers (plus soft drinks and coffees if you are that way inclined)
Image courtesy of People Make Glasgow
Just around the corner from Brewdog you’ll find Tantrum Doughnuts – who hand make some incredible doughnuts *ahem even Christian Slater is a fan* – the Creme Brulee doughnut MIGHT have made me groan in a rather embarrassing way ;) From here you can jump a quick bus back to the City Centre where I reckon a quick snooze would be needed after this busy day!
Once you’ve snoozed and freshened up head out to Paesano for one of the best pizzas in the city. Glasgow is famous for it’s drinking culture – and there are thousands of bars and pubs to choose from when it comes to a night out.
Nice n’ Sleazy image courtesy of Time Out
Nice n’ Sleazy is a much loved Glasgow institution – burgers, booze and plenty of live music and events. Beer lovers can’t go wrong with the Republic Bier Halle , Waxy O’Connors serves traditional pub fare in a quirky venue that looks a bit LOTR meets Harry Potter, and for those looking for something a little risque check out The Riding Room; where you can get your classy cocktails with some classy burlesque and cabaret acts thrown in. End the night watching an up and coming band at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut or some stand up comedy at The Stand! Whatever your ‘scene’ you’re bound to find a pub or bar that suits you in Glasgow and the people are always up for a laugh and a good time – it’s true what they say, the ‘people make Glasgow’!
Potato scones – it’s not a Scottish Breakfast without one (or two!)
The next morning cure your hangover with a full Scottish breakfast at Cafe Gandolfi before spending your last hours shopping at Princes Square and Glasgow’s Style Mile (I’m pretty sure a stop in Lush counts as a hangover cure in itself!)
What would you do with 24 hours in Glasgow? What’s your favourite City for a short break?