Not widely known outside of Scotland, the quirky Italian cafés of Glasgow are an amalgam of down-home diner, dreamy ice cream parlor and boisterous central meeting place for both the city’s young and old. There’s nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world.
Colorful and zany, the food on offer at the cafés sounds like it’s from an undiscovered planet: tatties, Knickerbocker Glories, ice cream oysters, Bovril. The décor mesmerizes and delights in equal turns; it's posh Victorian waiting room meets Dr. Who. There’s a reason why a lot of them were used as locations in the filming of the cult classic film Trainspotting.
Most of the cafés have been in operation for over 100 years, but they're slowly dwindling in number due to changing tastes and times. After taking this visual tour of some of their highlights, you’ll want to quickly book a trip to Glasgow to bring it all to life for yourself—before it’s too late.
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