Glad Cafe

"...the hippest joint in Glasgow." wire magazine


The Glad Cafe is a licensed cafe and venue in the Shawlands area of southside Glasgow. It has something to offer people of any age or background in this diverse and vibrant local community. The cafe has become known for our excellent breakfast menu, high quality coffee and freshly prepared seasonal food which is created and served every day. Running the kitchen, is reputable chef Justin Valmossoi of Pepper Pepper & Bayleaf, trading as 'Something'. Justin and his team serve up delicious breakfast and lunch dishes daily and are now offering a wonderful Asian inspired evening menu, under the name, 'NANIKA'. Excpect noodles, bao buns, bahn mi's, curries and sides a'plenty! Food service runs 9:30am-3:30pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm on weekdays and 10am-4pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm on weekends. There is also a delicious range of home baking – including a good gluten free assortment from Wild Flours Bakery.

We are also proud of our growing selection of great tasting craft beers, including Williams, West, Brooklyn and Anchor Steam on draft, and a fridge full of bottles ranging from Drygate to Fallen.

Our well equipped venue provides a welcome space in the southside for showcasing up and coming local musicians as well as internationally known acts. We feature indie, electronic, experimental, world and traditional musicians. The space has become known for its great acoustic and the quality of the programme which also includes film, drama, storytelling and philosophical talks. The exhibition space in the cafe also hosts a changing feast of visual delight curated by two of our volunteers, and this combined with the six monthly zine, the Glad Rag, adds to our on-going representation of southside creativity!


We've been nominated for the Best Venue Award for the Scots Trad Music Award! We're thrilled to be in the running. Please click the image below and vote for us!











How to find us

1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, Glasgow, G41 2HG


Travelling by bus? Number: 3, 4, 29, 38, 57, 103

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