There are two types of people in this world: those who prefer savoury, that always choose a starter over pudding, and those who are all about the sweeter things in life. If you fall under the latter category, then make sure to check out our guide; from 11 million different types of pancakes to a boozy chocolate and pistachio trifle, here are the 10 best desserts in Glasgow.
Heavenly Dark Chocolate Ganache: Bothy
Bothy is a botanical, Scottish escape, renowned for its mouthwatering menu made using the finest local ingredients. It also happens to rustle up one of the best desserts in Glasgow’s West End, its dark chocolate ganache (£8). Presented with style, this moreish pud is accompanied by a pistachio crumb, coral sponge and shavings of candied lime, plus a big dollop of coconut ice cream.
11 Million Variations Of Pancakes: Stack & Still
As it boasts over 11 million different flavour combinations, you know you’re never going to get bored of Stack & Still. It’s often a popular spot for breakfast bites, quirky lunches and the like, but thanks to the variety of sweet tooth-appeasing options, it’s also one of the best sit in dessert places in Glasgow city centre. Chomp on fluffy pancakes (£9.50+) laden with toppings like toasted marshmallows and hot fudge sauce.
Pornstar Panna Cotta: October
October is a gorgeous, floral haven that’s famed for its Instagrammable decor and wild DJ nights. But did you know that it also slings out one of the best desserts in Glasgow city centre? Say hello to the almighty pornstar panna cotta (£7). Made up of mango and passion fruit salsa draped over a Passoa gel, this slightly boozy, completely delicious spin on the classic cocktail is not to be missed.
Fragrant Pink Chaii Cake: Chaiiwala
And if you fancy somewhere that fuses the flavours of India and Britain, then Chaiiwala is the place to go. Pop by for scrumptious street food bites and desi-style breakfasts, as well as one of the best desserts in Glasgow Quay. The pink chaii cake (£5.75) is this joint’s spin on the classic tres leches pud, toting vanilla sponge and butter cream, soaked in a fragrant Kashmiri chaii.
Almond And Blueberry Panna Cotta: The Ivy
Decked out with vibrant colours, indoor foliage and plush velvet seating, The Ivy is a high-end eatery that knows a thing or two about post-dinner treats. There’s a lot to love about its dessert menu, but the almond and blueberry panna cotta (£7.50) is simply out of this world. A beautiful half-sphere of wobbly deliciousness topped with an almond tuile and golden flakes, relaxing in a pool of Limoncello sauce, it's an absolute game changer.
Dark Chocolate And Miso Caramel Tart: Ox And Finch
Having earned itself a Bib Gourmand, Ox And Finch is at the top of Glasgow's culinary ladder. Its small plates are enough to make any stomach rumble, and the desserts? They are fun, creative and totally scrummy. One that you simply need to try out is the dark chocolate tart (£6), dripping in miso caramel and nestled alongside a spoonful of crème fraîche. It's the perfect end to any meal.
Blueberry And Lemon Tartlet: The Corinthian
Found in a Grade A-listed building, The Corinthian is certainly a swish party palace, boasting live music, casino games and cracking cocktails. It’s also home to Teller's Brasserie, where you can bag all kinds of tasty eats, including a load of epic desserts. Our favourite? The blueberry and lemon mascarpone tartlet (£8). A treat for the taste buds (as well as the eyes), the luxurious pudding is garnished with blueberry candy floss, toasted almonds and sugared mint.
Banging Biscoff Brownie: Hillhead Bookclub
There’s just something about Biscoff, isn’t there? As much as you eat, you always want more. And to fill that hungry hole, Hillhead Bookclub is slinging out chunky Biscoff brownies (£6.50) that are sure to blow your socks off. They are also totally plant-based, created using vegan vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and raspberry powder, garnished with berries (because health is wealth, after all).
Chocolate And Pistachio Trifle: Mr MacGregor's
Inspired by the mythical adventurer that is its namesake, Mr MacGregor’s is a wonderland of plush interiors and enticing international fare. And if you’re looking for the best desserts in Glasgow Southside, this is where to go. While the daiquiri cheesecake and citrus profiteroles sound enticing, what’s really got us in a tizzy is the chocolate and pistachio trifle (£6.50). Served in a dainty glass, garnished with pistachio sprinkles and vibrant flowers, it also offers a lovely boozy hit.
A Melting Chocolate Bombe: Chaophraya
An opulent Thai restaurant with traditional decor and one helluva menu, Chaophraya’s sweet treats are a must. Alongside coconut crème brulée and mango sticky rice, you’ll find the chocolate bombe (£10). It’s a perfectly spherical ball of chocolate that’s filled to the brim with mousse and surrounded by raspberries – just lavishly drip over the hot caramel sauce (or add a flaming shot of Shanky’s Whip caramel liquer) and watch it theatrically melt before your eyes.