We are delighted to welcome our new 40-week students to Glasgow! We hope that you will love this city as much as we do. There are lots of interesting places to buy food and eat out in Glasgow, but we know that it’s also good to have a taste of home. Check out some of our recommendations below:
East Asia: Shopping
Glasgow is home to many families with East-Asian backgrounds, with an especially large Chinese community. As a result, we have lots of great shops for buying East Asian food.
See Woo is the largest East Asian supermarket in Scotland, selling thousands of products from China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and more. It also has a popular restaurant.
Address: The Point, 29 Saracen Street, Hamilton Hill, Glasgow North, G22 5HT (approximately 35 minutes’ walk from the University, not very expensive in a taxi).
Lim’s Chinese Supermarket
Lim’s is a smaller shop which sells a great selection of Chinese products and foods.
Address: 63 Cambridge St, Glasgow City Centre, G3 6QX (near Cowcaddens subway station)
Chinatown sells lots of Chinese foods, cooking equipment and household items. It is Glasgow’s oldest Chinese store and has a popular restaurant.
Address: 42-46 New City Road, Glasgow City Centre, G4 9JT (near Cowcaddens subway station)
Matthews is a large East Asian superstore, selling many different kinds of food, cooking equipment and household items.
Address: Unit 1, Barrat Trading Estate, 230-260 Garscube Road, Glasgow City Centre, G4 9RR (near Cowcaddens subway station)
People in Glasgow love Chinese, Japanese and Thai food! There are literally hundreds of East Asian restaurants, so here are a few of the best:
Often described as the best East Asian restaurant in Glasgow, Asia Style is a small, family-owned business which also offers takeaway. Soft-shell crab is their most popular dish.
Address: 185-189 St George’s Road, Glasgow West (near St George’s Cross subway station)
Master Sun’s Hot Pot
This small restaurant serves the traditional Chinese dish, hot pot, in many different varieties.
Address: 87 Cambridge Street, Glasgow City Centre, G3 6RU (near Cowcaddens subway station)
China Buffet King
This buffet restaurant is very popular with both Scots and Chinese. All you can eat, and not too expensive.
Address: 53-55 Bath Street, Glasgow City Centre, G2 2DH (a short walk from Sauchiehall Street or Buchanan Street, near Buchanan Street subway station)
This very popular restaurant serves a mixture of food from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and is a great place to watch the world go by in the City Centre.
Address: 191 Hope Street, Glasgow City Centre, G2 2UL
Middle Eastern and North African
Glasgow’s Middle Eastern community has grown a lot in the past ten years and some great shops have been opened by immigrants from Iran, Lebanon and other countries.
Babylon Supermarket sells a variety of Middle Eastern and North African ingredients and has a small bakery with delicious cakes.
Address: 3-5 Commerce St, Glasgow City Centre, G5 8AB (near Bridge Street subway station)
Super Asia is a large shop which sells many Middle Eastern and North African foods. It also has a Halal butcher.
Address: 3 Maxwell Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow South, G41 1QP (Bus number 3, 38 or 57 will take you direct to Super Asia from Union Street, City Centre)
The KRK Brothers store is very close to the University of Glasgow. It sells a wide variety of spices, cooking equipment and ingredients for Middle Eastern and South Asian cooking.
Address: 286 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow West, G3 6NE (near Kelvinbridge subway station)
Scherezade is a small Middle Eastern delicatessen, very close to the University of Glasgow. It sells delicious snacks to take away and cooking ingredients.
Address: 47 Bank Street, Glasgow West, G12 8NE (near Kelvinbridge subway station)
Glasgow has many Halal butchers. The closest ones to the University of Glasgow are Madina Foodstore (212 Woodlands Road) and Farm Fresh Butchers (Park Road).
This website is useful for finding Halal merchants and places to eat: http://www.zabihah.com/sub/United-Kingdom/Scotland/Strathclyde/gqo838fwk2
Eating Out: Middle Eastern
Middle Eastern food is becoming very popular in Glasgow. A small number of restaurants, many of which are close to the University, serve delicious food.
Kebabs and Iranian breads are very popular at this Middle Eastern restaurant, decorated in a beautiful Persian style.
Address: 411-413 Great Western Road, Glasgow West (near Kelvinbridge subway station)
This popular restaurant offers Iranian food with Kurdish influences. Grilled meats are a speciality.
Address: 665 Great Western Road, Glasgow West, G12 8RE (near Kelvinbridge subway station)
Very close to the University, The Lebanese serves a wide variety of Middle Eastern food at reasonable prices.
Address: 27 Gibson Street, Glasgow West, G12 8NU (near Kelvinbridge subway station)
This small restaurant specialises in Lebanese dishes. It also has a takeaway and delivery service.
Address: 6 Park Road, Glasgow West, G4 9JG (near Kelvinbridge subway)
The Bay Tree Café
The Bay Tree has been a popular place to eat Middle Eastern and Southern Mediterranean dishes since 1960. It is a small, friendly place, popular with families.
Glasgow’s small Russian population is growing, but there are still not many shops which specialise in Russian food.
Russian Foods UK
This store sells a wide variety of imported Russian treats, and has an excellent online shop.
93-95 High Street, Glasgow, G1 1NB
This Russian café and restaurant has been popular with local people in Glasgow for many years. Decorated in a traditional style, Café Cossachok also hosts live music events.
Address: 10 King Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 5QP
I hope you enjoy exploring some of the lovely international food which Glasgow has to offer!
Jenny 🙂 x
In our next blog: using public transport in Glasgow