How to spend 48 hours in Glasgow

A city of art, music and culture – not to mention some of the friendliest people on Earth – there’s so much to experience in Glasgow that 48 hours just doesn’t seem enough.

At Native, we know you can squeeze a lot into a couple of days. That’s why we’ve put together the perfect whistle-stop tour of the city for you, just to give you a little taste of what this extraordinary place has to offer.

Day One

Breakfast: Riverhill Café

riverhill glasgow

(4 minute walk from Native’s aparthotel in Glasgow)
This friendly neighbourhood café just happens to have some of the best coffee and cake in town. Treat yourself to one of their sumptuous morning pastries and a creamy hot chocolate – you’ll work it all off just by strolling around the city!

After breakfast: Gallery of Modern Art

(3 minutes from breakfast)
If world-class art galleries are your bag, you’ll love GoMA. Enjoy painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media across four galleries, in a building designed by one of Glasgow’s favourite sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Lunch: The Pot Still

(4 minutes from the gallery)
A trip to Glasgow calls for a dram or two. Or three. That’s why lunch at the Pot Still is a must. Tuck into one of their home-made pies alongside a tot of whisky from Japan, Germany, Sweden or even India.

After lunch: The Mitchell Library

(13 minutes from the pub)
This gorgeous building just happens to be Glasgow’s largest public reference library, where you can peruse their huge collection of Burns manuscripts, attend an author event or even trace your own family history.

Dinner: The Gannet

the gannet glasgow

(10 minutes from the library)
Head over to uber-cool Finnieston for an elegant dinner, Glasgow style, with seasonal Scottish produce lovingly crafted into unforgettable dishes. There’s also a wonderful wine list, with organic and biodynamic vintages, as well as single malts to round off your meal.

Drinks and music: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

(16 minutes from the restaurant, 10 minutes from home)
Just one of Glasgow’s legendary music hotspots, King Tut’s has long been named the best small music venue in the world. The likes of Oasis, Radiohead and Coldplay have all graced its tiny stage, and the cosy bar downstairs is the perfect place to while away an evening.

Day Two

Breakfast: Café Gandolfi

cafe gandolfini glasgow

(10 minutes’ walk from Native Glasgow)
A much-loved Glasgow institution, Cafe Gandolfi serves up hearty breakfasts, from flaky croissants and comforting porridge to a full Scottish, complete with the not-to-be-missed tattie scone.

After breakfast: The People’s Palace

people's palace glasgow

(13 minutes from breakfast)
Set in the historic Glasgow Green, the People’s Palace is a brilliant free museum that tells the story of the city’s social history through artefacts, paintings, photographs and films.

Lunch: West on the Green

west on the green

(6 minutes from the museum)
Take a leisurely stroll across Glasgow Green and you’ll find a little corner of Bavaria. Here you can enjoy brilliant beer right where its brewed, with a side of schnitzel, currywurst and strudel. If the weather’s good, you might even snag a table outside.

After lunch: Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

(18 minutes from the brewery)
For something cool, quirky and utterly unique to Glasgow, pop into this bizarre little hidden gem to see hundreds of tiny carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform in a show unlike any other.

Pre-dinner drinks: Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery

Tennants Brewery Glasgow

(16 minutes from the theatre)
Take a tasting tour of over 450 years’ brewing here in the East End, from Tennent’s classic eponymous brew to the delicious Menabrea from Italy. Perfect for working up an appetite.

Dinner: Paesano

Paesano Glasgow

(17 minutes from the brewery, 3 minutes from home)
When Glaswegians want an unbeatable pizza, they go to Paesano. Known and loved for bringing real Neapolitan pizza to the city, they offer light crusts and great quality toppings, all made by pizzaioli who take their craft very, very seriously.

Of course, there’s so much more to do, see and taste in glorious Glasgow that 48 hours will only whet your appetite for more…

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