The Italian Centre was opened in 1989, triggering a renaissance for the Merchant City and starting a local trend for smart conversions of grand old city centre locations. The space outside on John Street is a suntrap and the tables for the new Singl-End restaurant and cafe are sought after for those interested in brunch and people-watching.
This is the second location for Singl-end, adding to the existing bakehouse on Renfrew Street, Garnethill. The tried-and-tested menu is the same at both.
Today, when the temperatures in Glasgow soared to above those in Barcelona, we sat upstairs in what felt like a Continental cafe. Which probably prompted our order of a croque madame open sandwich.
We also tackled a substantial smoked salmon open sandwich.
Our table offered a good vantage point to spot the cake selection.
Usually we would order the baked eggs from the outstanding brunch menu.
This particular space has played host to a variety of different concepts over the years. Singl-end has successfully brought a winning formula to the city centre, and this is fast becoming one of the best weekend hangouts.
Now, go buy cake and sit in the sun.
Singl-end Cafe & Bakehouse Merchant City
15 John Street
0141 552 4433
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5 / Sat-Sun 9-5