Deep fried Mars Bars were invented here but don’t let that put you off Glasgow’s culinary scene. The city has a wealth of great restaurants which means you can eat very well here indeed. Given Glasgow’s rich ethnic diversity there are some fantastic curry houses such as Mother India and its sister restaurant, The Wee Curry Shop.  The city also has a good range of Italian, Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Forget the traditional cliché of haggis, contemporary Scottish cuisine rules here and there are scores of top-class restaurants at which to sample it. Meats like venison, pheasant, lamb and beef are all on the menu. And given its proximity to the West Coast it should come as no surprise that Glasgow specialises in fish and seafood. Look out for local salmon, scallops, langoustines and mackerel. Vegetarians are also well catered for in Glasgow, though you’ll be hard pressed to find restaurants catering exclusively to their needs.


Glasgow has a thriving café culture so you won’t have to go far for a caffeine hit or a nice cup of tea. But for something stronger  take a punt on one of the hundreds of watering holes on offer. Glasgow’s nightlife isn’t half as rough as it used to be and there are establishments to suit all tastes from designer bars to spit-and-sawdust pubs. Perhaps the liveliest area is the West End where students and locals come out to play but for something trendier head for the city centre.