Eating Out In Glasgow: On a Budget

Last week we brought out the big guns, the blog for the big spenders, those who want to flash the cash. Unfortunately, any student knows the period where you have cash at your disposal disappears as quickly as it enters your life and we are furthermore in the depths of student poverty. If you’re anything like me then you’d like to have your cake and eat it too (as if we could afford cake?!). In Glasgow, there are an abundance of places to eat out when you’re short of cash, so fear not! Treat yourself after a hard day’s work for a really cheap price at one of these great places.

Indian Cuisine

The Banana Leaf

Menu: Banana Leaf

The Banana Leaf is one of Glasgow’s hidden treasures. A family run business, The Banana Leaf serves authentic Indian cuisine for a ridiculously good price. With a variety of popular Indian dishes (Korma, Biryani, etc) as well as some delicious, unique food starting from £4 I can guarantee you will not visit just once.  They do a delicious range of Indian tapas – well recommended.

Where The Monkey Sleeps

Alternative café Where The Monkey Sleeps has a fantastic atmosphere. Set to the soundtrack of whatever classic rock/metal album is their ‘album of the month’ they serve traditional comforting lunch options: sandwiches, paninis, toasties and salads. With their toasties starting from just £2.30 and a delicious and unique variety of sandwiches, you are guaranteed a taste sensation that won’t break the bank!

The 78

Located in Glasgow’s gorgeous West End, vegetarian café/restaurant The 78 is hugely popular. With an exciting variety of vegetarian delicacies to offer, this place is regularly packed out. Students will receive 10% off all food, but on Tuesdays, students get 25% off the entire menu making it even cheaper than it already was! Naturally lunch times are less pricey than evening meals, but still you’re getting a healthy, almost exotic meal at a marvelous price.

Fish and ChipsJack McPhee


With motto ‘fresh from the sea’, Jack McPhee is clearly the only place to be seen eating fish and chips in Glasgow. With a massive variety of seafood meals and a good selection of non-fishy food, Jack McPhee is well worth a look. Slap up cod and chips for £5.95, an absolute bargain! They also have a takeaway option so experience the best of the best from the comfort of your own home. Perfection.

Bread and Butter

Possibly my favourite little place on this blog, Bread and Butter serves you a massive portion, with a drink for a fiver. Set up like a school canteen with long benches, they have a variety of hot meals which are cooked on the day for you to choose from. Curry, mac and cheese and lasagne are some of the usual culprits, you get your veg and chips/rice plus your selection from a little salad bar plus a drink for £5 or bottled beer for £6. It’s a fantastic place if you’re in a rush because you know you’ll get yummy comfort food quickly and for an insane price. They also have a large selection of gourmet pizzas which are slightly more expensive, but worth every penny!

Little Italy


Little Italy is an absolute delight. All your classic Italian favourites for a completely student friendly price. From focaccia to pizza to pasta, this place really does cater for all your Italian needs. Get your bolognaise or carbonara for £4.50 in the restaurant or an almost insane £3.95 to take away! This place really is a gold mine, a great catering option for a big night in with your friends.


Stereo is probably the coolest destination on this list. A music venue, nightclub and bar as well as a good place to get some grub, Stereo has a pristine reputation in and around Glasgow. Delicious cinnamon toast for just £1.60 is one of their tasty breakfast options, and they have a massive list of tapas options starting from £2.60 a dish come lunch time. Stereo is also a vegetarian restaurant so no animal produce is served here. They also have some great gluten free options which can be tough to find when eating out.

Steak Pie

The Cabin

The Cabin, again located in the gorgeous Victorian West End of Glasgow, is a quaint little eatery with bags of personality. With organic, home made food their lunch menu sings with a glorious choice of options, including steak pie and thai chicken curry. With paninis from £5.50 and home made chocolate brownie and ice cream for just £3.50 I think I need say no more.

And there you have it, folks! Some of Glasgow’s little treasures which won’t break your bank account. There are so many more lovely, cheap places which Glasgow has to offer you just need to get out and have a look! Some of the places you stumble across may just end up being your stomping ground for the next couple of years. Get out and explore, but here I’ve listed a few good places to start.

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