Category: Glasgow

If you study in Glasgow, you might feel a bit too comfortable the Glasgow West End Bubble. To learn more about the city, here are 10 things to do!

When I tell friends from uni that I live in the East End, the first response is usually: ‘I’ve never been there’. In Glasgow we have a word for this: the Glasgow West End Bubble. If you are a student at the University of Glasgow like myself, and unless you pay a visit to the shops or clubs on Sauchiehall, Buchanan or Argyle Street, or visit the theatre or cinema in the city centre, there really is no need to leave the neighbourhood. The West End has everything you need, which is why many students don’t branch out very much, and end up leaving Glasgow with a degree, but no deeper knowledge of the city. I did not want to meet the same fate.

In the 3-and-a-bit years I’ve lived in Glasgow I’ve stayed in the swanky West End neighbourhood of Kelvindale, housed in a tiny ground floor flat in the trendy Finnieston area, moved to the other end of town to live it up in Dennistoun and got a good idea of the Southside by staying with my partner in Govanhill. You could say I’ve lived around. An while that is not something special in and of itself, it gave me the opportunity to escape the Glasgow West End Bubble and find out what Glasgow has to offer beyond the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Here are ten of my favourite secrets.
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Glasgow's food scene is on the rise. This Food Guide for Glasgow's East End is a selection of my favourites around my neighbourhood of Dennistoun & beyond.

Glasgow is slowly but steadily turning into a foodie hotspot, and that is not just because of its proximity to some of Scotland’s freshest local produce. Street food markets are sprouting like mushrooms and pop-up dining experiences like Section33 or the spiegeltent during the Glasgow Restaurant Festival keep everybody at the edges of their culinary seats. While some might say the epicentre of Glasgow’s food scene lies further West, I believe that the city’s East End is particularly interesting to watch. New restaurants, coffee shops and artisan eateries open on a regular basis, and slowly change the gritty feel of the neighbourhood’s of Dennistoun, Bridgeton & Co. 
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Traveling to Scotland can burn a big hole in your wallet - but luckily there are so many free things to do in Glasgow that are fun and good for the soul!

Visiting Scotland can burn quite a hole into your wallet – even if the British Pound is at a historical low point at the moment. Still, eating out is more expensive and so is beer, hotel rates can be really high, especially during the summer and holiday season, and whether you buy train tickets or rent a car you won’t always get away with a super cheap deal. And then you have all the admission fees for castles and whisky distilleries. The good news is that you can easily save some pennies, especially when you visit the less touristy city of Glasgow! Here are my top 10 fun and free things to do in Glasgow.
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Glasgow boasts a variety of parks and glasshouses filled with plants from around the world. Find out why tucked-away Alexandra Park is one of my favourites!

Glasgow is a city of nature. Not only are the highlands super close and places such as the Seven Lochs Wetland Park right at your doorstep. There are also many parks to explore and glasshouses boasting exotic plants from all over the world. While you might have heard about or even been to the biggies, like Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green or Queen’s Park, I have fallen in love with an off the beaten track park in the East End of Glasgow: Alexandra Park. Let me convince you!
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In Glasgow there is no need to go far to get outside - the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is a perfect day trip location and conveniently accessible by train!

What does a city need for you to consider moving there? What are the non-negotiable characteristics you could not live without? Maybe you need a thriving arts culture, great arthouse cinemas, versatile theatres, well-curated museums as well as contemporary gallery spaces; or are you looking for an energetic entrepreneurial atmosphere, loads of co-working spaces, start-up initiatives and project hatcheries? People are important too – who would want to live in a city with grumpy locals where it is hard to meet new people, or a place where everybody works so much to afford life there that there is hardly any time to enjoy said life to its fullest.

All these things are important to me, but when it comes to the most basic requirement a city must fulfil in order for me to feel at home, is its landscape. I recently went to Toronto and realised something about the city which was probably the same cause why I never fully adapted to life in Berlin – it is more or less entirely flat. I asked myself, where have all the mountains gone?
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