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McCune Smith, Duke Street, Glasgow

McCune Smith, Duke Street, Glasgow

McCune Smith

The single shot

Tasty coffee, loads of treats, and free shortbread. Excellent.

McCune Smith, 3-5 Duke Street, Glasgow G4 0UL. Map »

Tel 0141 548 1114
Web www.mccunesmith.co.uk
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Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Sat 9am-5pm

Great coffee for east-enders.

And so we return to the ever-expanding boundaries of the Merchant City.

Time was that High Street was a bit of an impassable boundary for everything from house prices to, well, coffee culture. It wasn’t for nothing that I brought my brother this (excellent, and estate agent-tastic) Dennistoun “Merchant City East” t-shirt when he lived there.

But the influence of the Merchant City shows no respect for something as simple as a random road. And so it is that the western fringes of the east end now feature a great craft brewery and, in McCune Smith, a brilliant coffee shop/deli.

Named for James McCune Smith, a black American physician who graduated from Glasgow University in the 1800s, the cafe itself is split into two – big round high tables in front of the counter and alongside a whole range of gifty goodies in one part, with lower seating through next door. The whole place has a great and attractive storefront on a stretch of Duke Street that looked practically deserted for many a year.

Inside, the coffees are made from Dear Green beans and it’s obvious that the staff know their way around their machines. A flat white was £2.30 and brilliantly smooth and tasty (oh, and was served with a wee bit of shortbread, which was a bonus). There’s a huge menu of sandwiches and a good selection of cakes, too. Sadly, I was on a boring healthy-eating kick when I visited (one that, admittedly, had been slightly let down by the takeaway I’d had the night before) so had to skip them. Next time, maybe.

Just a warning: it’s shut on Sundays, so if you find yourself out that way on that day, you’re out of luck. That said, I’m pretty sure it initially didn’t open on weekends at all but it was doing a pretty brisk trade on the Saturday I stopped by, so fingers crossed that its opening hours expand more in the future. It certainly deserves the business. Merchant City East is here to stay.

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