Glasgow lands high on New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2018 list

Glasgow has been named in the New York Times Travel section’s annual 52 Places to Go issue. The prestigious list has been published for the thirteenth year with Glasgow landing at number ten on the destination recommendations.

Glasgow’s entry on the list mentions the opening of the Clydeside Distillery, the Riverside Museum along with restaurants like Bilson Eleven and Ramen Dayo.

RIverside Museum

RIverside Museum

The travel guide is compiled by regular New York Times contributors, many of whom live outwith the United States or travel extensively. Hundreds of ideas are submitted before the final mix of locations is decided. The editorial team look for a combination of destinations that are both well-known and off the beaten path.

This year, New Orleans was named the number one place to go. “New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world, largely thanks to its ability to synthesize that history — and the myriad populations that participated in it — into a place full of joy and wonder. New Orleans is also turning 300 this year, so there’s no better time to celebrate that history, whether it be through anniversary events, food, music, art or simply wandering this amazing city”, the team explained.

This year, for the first time, the New York Times has hired a 52 Places Traveller, who will go to each of the locations on the list in the coming year and chronicle their journey, including a trip to Glasgow.

Glasgow has received a plethora of positive media mentions in the last couple of years, with Finnieston named the coolest place to live in the UK by The Times, Conde Nast Traveler magazine recommending the city’s bars and restaurants, The Guardian hailing Glasgow’s cultural scene and travel journalists turning their attention to the city’s attractions.

Here’s the top ten places to go that are named in the issue:

1 New Orleans, Louisiana
2 Colombia
3 Basilicata, Italy
4 The Caribbean
5 Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland
6 Route of Parks, Chile
7 Gangwon Province, South Korea
8 Cincinnati, Ohio
9 Bhutan
10 Glasgow

You can read the full 52 Places to Go here and what the New York Times had to say about Glasgow below.

Clydeside Distillery

Clydeside Distillery


The return of whisky to a revived city.

Over 250 architectural projects will take shape on the River Clyde through 2025, including several new hotels, shopping, and residential developments. But whisky’s on the lips of everyone in town: two of the 20 or so new distilleries opening in Scotland are in Glasgow, including the $12.3 million Clydeside Distillery, the city’s first in 100 years, in a restored pump house near Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum.

Glasgow’s exciting, wallet-friendly restaurants, like 2017 newcomer Bilson Eleven, reinterpret Caledonian cuisine, while international flavors find increasingly authentic expression at spots like Ramen Dayo, which serves up admirable ajitama (soy sauce eggs) and tonkotsu ramen stock.

Rather than choose one place to dine, embark on a graze with the local tour operator Glasgow Food Company, which is adding a whisky pairing food crawl to its tours in 2018.

— Adam H. Graham

Ramen Dayo

Ramen Dayo