Save the List: Glasgow

A world’s worth of recommended spots from our global community
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At boom saloon, we’re incredibly privileged to collaborate with a community of hundreds of talented creatives all around the world, stretching from Ecuador to Egypt, China to Canada, Austria to Africa. Our strong relations have afforded us a wealth of insider insights into the best places to visit, eat and stay, all around the world. Now, we want to share this information with our members as we work with our community to map the world and share their best recommendations of how to enjoy destinations both near and far. Our version of a city guide, delivered interactively and in real time – simply click the link at the bottom of the page to save the map and bookmark a wealth of future adventures.

Showcasing the sanctuary of community gardens, Turkish bathing suites and a range of dining recommendations, Tamarin Fountain’s Glasgow offers a breath of fresh air to a city so many of us know and love. Read on for her top recommendations.


01_The Unit
The Scotstoun/Whiteinch area of Glasgow is one to watch, thanks to its emerging arts scene and growing creative buzz. On South Street, nestled among the Clydeside industrial warehouses, is The Unit. It’s a community hub, family-friendly eatery and charitable social enterprise with a huge outdoor terrace, regular movie nights and a ridiculously good value cracking Sunday roast.

02_Brazuca 
Just down the road from The Unit, hidden along a side street, is Brazuca, the unassuming home of incredible Brazilian food in Glasgow. It’s a super-friendly, chilled place to enjoy a cuppa and some authentic Portuguese-style home baking by day and the cafe also offers a dine-at-home collection menu by night (Thu-Sat), that’s to die for. Do yourself a favour and order some of owner Cida’s melt-in-the-mouth Pao de Queijo.

03_The Glasgow Improv Theatre 
Following in the footsteps of cities like London, Chicago and NYC, Glasgow formed its own Improv Theatre several years ago. Local and visiting teams perform long and short-form improvised shows (including monthly Harolds) where anything can happen. Workshops, drop-ins and jams are also available at the GIT and are open to all.

04_Studio Somewhere at Tramway 

Conceived by the team behind Take Me Somewhere – a boundary-pushing contemporary arts festival – Studio Somewhere is creating a fertile space for some radical new work. Based at Tramway, it will launch its first residency programme in spring 2022, enabling performance makers to innovate and experiment, testing deeply relevant and pertinent new ideas.


05_South Seeds Croft

Glasgow’s expansive green spaces are famous, but community gardens offer a special kind of sanctuary. This one is found on an ex-tennis court, beside the larger Queen’s Park and it’s particularly well sheltered by surrounding trees  – a super place to escape the city’s hustle and get mindful on a regular basis as you watch the garden grow.


06_The Western Baths

With one of only three swimming pools in the UK to feature usable travelling rings and a trapeze, these baths are as much a place of antiquity, as they are a venue for keeping fit. The Western dates back to 1876 and includes an authentically designed Turkish and Russian bathing suite.


07_The Gannet 

An innovative indie Scottish restaurant that creates adventurous sustainable tasting menus. At The Gannet, every ingredient has a story – even down to the butter, which is made via traditional methods by a Kelso-based mother-daughter team (and their herd of Jersey Cows).

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