The Glasgow Film Festival is upon us once again! The annual event is one of our favourite things to do in Glasgow and most of the films during the festival are shown either at the Glasgow Film Theatre or Cineworld. That’s good news if you like your food as much as you like your movies! Why? Well, there happens to be loads of great burger joints and other places to eat nearby! Here are the best places to go eat that you’ll find close to the film festival venues and a couple a bit further away. You’ll just have to hit those on the way to the cinema! We’ve added extra info for those of you who may be travelling to Glasgow for the festival and included something for (hopefully) everyone. Enjoy the films!
The ‘Not Dog’ from Bar Bloc
My favourite item on the menu at Bloc. This falafel dog comes topped with avocado, cheese sauce, veggie chilli, toasted walnuts, dried apricots, torn mint and American mustard. There’s a vegan option too, just specify when ordering. This is so good that even meat eaters looking for a burger will love every bite. (4 minute walk from GFT / 117 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 2SZ)
The ‘Durty Burger’ from Bar Bloc
The other star of the show on the menu at Bloc. A handmade burger topped with bacon frazzles and ‘trailer trash’ cheese. Prepare to get your hands (and face) ‘durty’! (4 minutes walk from GFT / 117 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 2SZ)
Belgian Fries from Pommes Frites
A brief walk around the corner from the GFT, these are the BEST chips in Glasgow. The idea is simple. Choose your portion size, choose a seasoning and then choose a sauce. There’s so many flavour combinations to choose from and I suspect you’ll end up making a few visits here before the festival is over. (4 minute walk from GFT / 476 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LW)
The ‘LoveBite’ from MeatHammer Ltd at Nice N Sleazy
Voted by judges as Glasgow’s best burger of 2014, the ‘LoveBite’ is topped with peanut butter, candied bacon, hot sauce and bacon jam. It’s an usual combination, but it works incredibly well. You need it in your life. (5 minute walk from GFT / 421 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LG)
Jacker De Viande…the perfect horror movie setting?
If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood for a weekend of horror at Fright Fest, then there’s nowhere more suitable than Jacker De Viande. Here, the walls are filled with terrifying, blood-splattered artwork and they also serve up some of the best burgers in the city. The BBQ burger is the one to try here. (5 minute walk from GFT / 111 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2RQ)
Healthier option or just a relaxing beer? Head to Saramago Cafe
Veggie food with a Scottish-Mediterranean hybrid theme. Enjoy haggis fritters, tofu sausage sandwiches, falafel platters, Moroccan tagine and more. If you’re not eating, there’s a fantastic selection beers and spirits in an open, airy and super-relaxed atmosphere. (3 minute walk from GFT / 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD)
If you want healthy food, but are in a rush to get to your next film, then this place is for you. It’s a common misconception that Glasgow is all about deep-fried Mars bars, pies and fish & chips. Martha’s; however, is here to shatter that myth. Billed by many as ‘the future of takeaway’, Martha’s specialises in quick, healthy, filling food. There’s soups, salads, wraps and main dishes to choose from and everything is prepared fresh. There’s healthy smoothies and snacks and you can sit in or grab your food to go. This is how takeaway food should be done and it’s one of our favourite lunch spots in the city. (8 minute walk from GFT / 3 minute walk from Central, if you’re coming from there / 142A Saint Vincent Street, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2 5LQ. Hit this one on your way to the film or if you have a longer break in between films.)
Burger Meats Bun
It made our list last year and here it is again. Smokin’ bacon burger, Thai chilli fries and a Dark & Story to wash it all down. Burger Meats Bun never disappoints. (7 minute walk from the GFT / 48 West Regent Street, City Centre, Glasgow G2 2RA)
Walk a bit further to St. Vincent Street and you’ll be rewarded with Bread Meats Bread.
Some of the best burgers in Glasgow. In fact, make that anywhere! Bread Meats Bread has become a Glasgow institution and after one bite of their Cali or Wolf burgers, you’ll know why. Make sure you order the sweet potato fries too. (8 minute walk from GFT / 3 minute walk from Central, if you’re coming from there / 104 Saint Vincent Street, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2 5UB. Hit this one on your way to the film or if you have a longer break in between films.)
Coming from Central Station? Stop at Riverhill for Glasgow’s best coffee and cake.
The best coffee in Glasgow plus fresh food and cakes prepared daily, Riverhill has it all. Their empire biscuits are the stuff of legend, but there’s plenty to choose from here. You’ll struggle to get a seat, but it’s worth going even take away to enjoy during your film. (11 minute walk to GFT / 1 minute walk from Central Station, if you’re coming from there / 24 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3PU. Hit this one on your way to the film or if you have a longer break in between films.)
You can buy tickets for the Glasgow Film Festival HERE.