After Edinburgh, it was Glasgow, also basking in the autumnal sunshine. I particularly love the West End, which is where I used to hang out as a young thing. It's near the University, the big Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a beautiful park and is generally boho and stylish. (The uni can be seen overlooking Kelvingrove Park in the photo.)
We didn't have much time but managed to visit the Tenement House, a recreated 19th century tenement flat near Cowcaddens - then we walked down to Tchai Ovna, a delightful little teahouse by the River Kelvin in Otago Lane. It's such an oasis, this place, quite magical in a slightly scruffy, hippy kind of way and they do great mezze as well as an astonishing array of teas. We had the big platter and lots of soy chai!
Later that evening we met up with an old friend for supper at the lively, all-vegan 78 Cafe Bar in Kelvinhaugh Street where we drank delicious Sam Smith's beer and ate the equally good house burgers with extra mushrooms. It was full of folk of all ages, completely unpretentious or posey - and the staff were both efficient and friendly.
That was all we had time for but there are lots of really good places for vegans in Glasgow - including Stereo, the 78's sister venue. So despite the stereotypes about the West Coast of Scotland being the heart attack region of Europe and it being home of the 'piece and sausage' (sausage sandwich) and deep fried Mars bars etc, Glasgow is a big foody city. It also has a lot to offer vegans, music and art lovers and all the rest. (And the University of Glasgow has one of the best vegan canteen menus in the UK if not Europe!)
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