Eating and drinking

It’s the season of indulgence so head to one of Glasgow’s fantastic bars, cafes or restaurants to enjoy a romantic meal, fun with friends or a traditional family get together.  Here’s a selection of festive foodie treats to whet your appetite.   

Afternoon tea 

Hop on board the Red Bus Bistro for a unique dining experience.  Their Christmas Afternoon Tea and Christmas Gin Tea experience last around 90 mins and take you on a tour around the city streets while you tuck into some delicious sweet and savoury delights.  

There are lots of fabulous festive Afternoon Teas on offer this season with venues including, Cup Tea Lounge, Blythswood Square Hotel, Malmaison, Willow Tearooms, Hidden Lane Tearoom and Butterfly and the Pig all offering Christmas versions of this classic favourite.

Family friendly

Treat the kids to Breakfast with Santa at the iconic Hard Rock Café Glasgow on Buchanan Street.  

Tennent’s Training Academy is hosting a ‘Cook Breakfast for Santa’ course for adults and kids (5 – 12yrs) on 23 December.  Whip up a delicious breakfast, enjoy some Christmas music and receive a gift from Santa.

There are some great family friendly dining venues located right in the heart of the Style Mile so you can enjoy a pit stop in between your Christmas shopping.  Head to Papa Julios in Buchanan Galleries for delicious street food, Kimble’s in St Enoch Centre for a warming hot chocolate, D’Arcys in Princes Square for a great kids menu and a big bunch of toys and puzzles or Paesano Pizza on Miller Street for some of the tastiest pizzas in Glasgow.

Christmas markets

The Christmas Markets return to George Square and St Enoch Square offering a wide selection of festive gifts and delicious street food. A warm and welcoming bar will add to the festive atmosphere, offering up a selection of beverages for all to enjoy.

Global cuisine

If you’d prefer to ditch the turkey and Christmas pudding, there are lots of other global cuisines on offer in Glasgow including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mongolian, Japanese, Greek, Caribbean and Vietnamese. Visit for more inspiration and to book.

Cosy pubs

Head to a cosy pub for a wee dram in front of an open fire.  Check out Rab Ha’s on Hutcheson Street or Babbity Bowster on Blackfriars Street, you might even hear some fiddle music while you're there.