Glasgow’s Merchant City has a long history of being a vibrant spot. In the 18th century it was where the tobacco lords had their offices and now it’s the place people go to dance the night away. The colourful streets are lined with trendy bars, restaurants, clubs, and even trendier people. If you’re planning to join the cool gang and try out some of the amazing cocktails or dancing spots, we recommend lining your stomach at one of these tasty Merchant City restaurants first.
Bar Soba Merchant City
Inspired by the street food artists of South East Asia, Bar Soba serves up an intriguing mix of Thai, Korean, Malaysian and Vietnamese street food in a vibrant setting. Try some small plates or order something hot off the woks and wash it down with a stellar cocktail. The guys at this Merchant City restaurant have been creating great cocktails ever since they first opened in 1999 so you know you’re in for a treat! Might we suggest booking in for their express £8.95 lunch deal, available Monday-Friday 12-3pm.79 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1HA
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It’s the only one of all our best Merchant City restaurants which is exclusively Japanese. The combination of great food and brilliant atmosphere, make it an ideal destination for dining with large groups, couples and families. All the food is prepared by their amazing Teppanyaki Chefs who will dazzle you with their tricks, from juggling with eggs to wowing you with their superb knife skills and much more! Sapporo we like the way you (nigiri) roll…2-6 Ingram St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1HA Make a booking
Osteria Del Tempo Perso
Nestled in Merchant City’s bustling Italian Centre, this Italian restaurant, owned by the Iacobelli brothers, is bringing the authentic tastes of Italy to the streets of Glasgow. The menu features a mix of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes as well as creations using the kitchen’s freshly made pasta. With a bistro, beautiful conservatory or sunny outdoor dining area to sit in, there is an atmosphere for every mood. Whether you’re craving their legendary ribs or ever-popular Lunch Menu, Osteria is one of the best Merchant City restaurants to book for an evening with friends or family.17 John St, Glasgow G1 1HP Make a booking
We couldn’t do a world food round up of Merchant City restaurants and not feature SCOTTISH cuisine! Arisaig Restaurant is a Scottish bar & restaurant, located within the stunning courtyard of the historic Merchant Square. With a menu featuring a mix of local produce from the sea, the land, and classic Scottish recipes inspired by childhood holidays to the West Coast Village of the same name. Chose from West coast crab seafood cocktail, Kinloch Rannoch smoked duck, beef and Stornoway black pudding casserole or the classic haggis, neeps and tatties!Albion Street, 1 Merchant Square, Glasgow G1 1NY Make a booking
KoolBa is a warm, modern, and inviting authentic Indian restaurant in Glasgow, found on the Candleriggs and has a renowned reputation for quality Indian and Persian cuisine! From the punchy hot flavours of India, to the aromatic perfumes of Persia the menu is a spice journey from curry cooked in a Goan style, traditional tandooris and favourites like their homemade chicken pakora as a firm favourite, along with freshly made peshwari naan. Another great point at KoolBa is their extensive wine and beer list that pair perfectly with the dishes. Dine under their tented ceiling or outdoors on the cobbled street in their rustic wooden benches! One of best Indian restaurants in Glasgow.109 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NP Make a booking
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