“ Address: 721 Pollokshaws Rd / Glasgow G41 2AA / Scotland „
This isn't the most convenient place to get to if you live in the west end, but well worth dropping in if you are in the area! Although I do always think a west end version of this place would go down a treat! Their coffee is great, but it's their bread that's a winner for me! They are the only people in Glasgow that make a corn bread which is just perfect warm with butter. Another favourite of mine is the 'Struan' loaf, which is made with milk and honey and encrusted with poppy seeds.
Fortunately you can now find Tapa breads on sale in Roots and Fruits on Byres Road, and also in Kember and Jones (also on Byres Road) at the weekends. You can also pick up their bread and coffee at the farmers market, every second Saturday at Downhill School. Oh, and did I mention they make great cakes too!...
The Southside of Glasgow is where west end hipsters (and wannabe hipsters) go to live once they've left university and realised just how much cheaper life is south of the river. And with the bargain food and ethnic shops of Allison Street and Victoria Road, the beautiful Queens Park, the Tramway Theatre and a lively pub and bar scene right on their doorsteps, who can blame them?
Tapa, therefore, is a very natural addition to this area, on the busy Pollokshaws Road between Strathbungo and Crosshill, just north of Queen's Park. The premises were vacated by a restaurant, and seeing an opportunity Tapa pounced. This is the first sister branch to Tapa's home bakehouse in Dennistoun, in the east end of Glasgow. Tapa bake all their own bread and roast their own unique blends of coffee. If the Dennistoun Tapa is the bakehouse, then this is firmly a coffeehouse, although bread is delivered daily from the east end.
There's an entirely organic menu that changes daily with breakfast, lunch and snacks available. Expect simple but elegant dishes with tasty flavours and local ingredients. The café currently stays open until 22h Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for dinner (bring your own booze). The coffee is superb - Tapa's rich but slightly bitter blend is offered, and you can also take-away or buy beans to grind at home. Various fresh loaves are available for sale too.
Tapa's only been open here since late July 2008, but it's already a bustling Saturday morning venue for Guardian readers and young professionals. It's the perfect place to finish off a walk to the top of the hill in Queens Park, and the fresh bread and coffee will surely tempt you to take some home.