From a craft beer bar with comfy leather sofas to a family-run restaurant housed in a 19th century props & costume store, The Tollcross food & drink scene has some real gems.
Breakfast & Brunch
If for you, breakfast means pancakes, the fluffy pancakes and delicious toppings served at The Treehouse Café are sure to satisfy, or for a selection of Mediterranean-inspired breakfast, Comb Cafe is worth a visit.
Popular amongst local, Loudons is both family and dog friendly. Their extensive brunch menu includes such delights as brioche French toast and pancakes with peanut butter & dark chocolate.
Casual Eats & Coffee Shops
If you're looking for affordable, tasty food on the go Tuk Tuk serves Indian street food, tapas style, and is a great venue for celebration or a pre-theatre meal.
When lunch calls, Peppers is a good choice for a tasty range of sandwiches, coffee and cakes. They also have a small number of tables outdoors for al-fresco dining. Offering take-away only, Black Rabbit have a delicious selection of vegan bites, including breakfast rolls, tempting sandwich fillings and a deli counter with plenty of vegan meat and cheese alternatives. The warm and welcoming atmosphere of Don't tell Mama is somewhere you’ll want to come back again and again. Offering enticing dishes like pavlova pancakes and pink sushi crepes, choosing is not an easy task!
If Japanese cuisine is right up your street, Harajuku Kitchen demands a visit. They serve a range of dishes based on traditional family recipes and their stylish interiors make it the perfect place to visit for an authentic taste of Japan. Or for a traditional Indian and Tandoori restaurant that's very popular with the locals, head to Bombay Bicycle Club.
A family-run restaurant set in an authentic 19th warehouse when it was a props and costume store, Timberyard’s menu focuses on exquisite dishes using fresh, local produce from artisan suppliers & Scotland’s natural larder. Slouchy seats, a woodburning stove and chunky wooden tables all add to this restaurants warm atmosphere. For a fully vegan Italian restaurant, Sora Lella have a mouth-watering menu featuring classics such as carbonara to pizzas with a “meat feast” topping - all the family favourites are here, without the meat or dairy.
Pubs & Bars
Brauhaus might be the ultimate beer-lovers paradise, with a huge range of craft and imported beers to choose from. The cosy, rustic interior creates a lovely atmosphere, and their range of natural wines, whisky and spirits cater for wider tastes. Or sink into one of the comfy leather sofas and enjoy one of the many draught beers, ales on tap or international bottled beers on offer in The Hanging Bat. As the name suggests, Cloisters Bar is housed in a former church and retains many of the building’s features. Not only that, but they also serve a range of cask and keg beer from breweries throughout Scotland and across the world.
There's not a lot of beer gardens in this part of town, which makes The Blackbird a key destination for an alfresco drink. Bag yourself a seat in the sun and enjoy one of their cocktails, wines and beers, accompanied by some tasty rice bowls, street food and small plates.
From activities for all the family to a unique range of shops, discover more about this lively neighbourhood in our Guide to Tollcross >