Situated about 2 miles from the city centre of Glasgow, Caffe Monza is nestled within the bustling little community of Partick, near the University of Glasgow. Our prime west end location makes us the ideal place to grab a delicious coffee and a bite to eat whilst exploring this thriving area of Glasgow. There’s lots in the area to see and do. So next time you join us at Monza, don’t forget to also check out one of the below!
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Take the opportunity to get back to nature without straying too far from the city centre by paying a visit to the peaceful Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
Wander through the World Rose Garden before making your way into the 19th century Kibble Palace to take a peek at the tropical plant selection. Got the kids in tow? There’s a play area situated in the centre of the gardens and if those little legs will carry them, the River Kelvin runs along the north side of the Gardens and makes a brilliant and not too taxing walk for the whole family. Located where the bustling Byres meets Great Western Road, the Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to explore nature with the whole family, including the dog!
If you continue your stroll along the banks of the River Kelvin you will soon reach another of Glasgow’s finest green spaces, Kelvingrove Park. There’s always something going on here from the Kelvingrove Bandstand which hosts a variety of music events year upon year, to the skatepark, bowling and croquet greens that keep Glasgow’s sporting enthusiasts entertained and happy.
Not to mention the iconic Stewart Memorial Fountain and Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts monuments found within the park’s grounds – with the latter offering a stunning panoramic view of the city from their location towards Park Circus. Even better, you can enjoy a fun filled day at this famous Glasgow park and travel less than a mile afterwards to join us in Caffe Monza!
For all of you history buffs, the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian museum is a fantastic outing for the whole family. The Hunterian is the oldest museum in Scotland housing a huge variety of artefacts from all different eras of human and natural history. The museum boasts the largest single holding of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall and scientific instruments used by the likes of James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin. It also encompasses the Zoology Museum, the Hunterian Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House. So you truly are spoilt for choice for things to see and do.
Much like Kelvingrove, a 15 minute walk from this iconic Glasgow destination and you’ll be sipping on a delicious cup of Azzurro coffee and a sweet treat in Caffe Monza in no time. So don’t forget to pop in after your visit!
From the Tall Ship next to the Riverside Museum by the Clyde, you can be whisked off in one of Seaforce’s fastest boats to a variety of destinations throughout the West of Scotland. Hop onboard one of their vessels down the Clyde to Dumbarton Castle, Kilcreggan or Rothesay for the ultimate day trip. Seize the opportunity to see Scotland like you’ve never seen it before in a high-speed, powerboat accessible to both adults and children. Making it a fun trip for the whole family! Once you arrive back, relax and refuel at Caffe Monza!
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
The Riverside Museum has transformed Glasgow’s riverfront with its unique, contemporary design, courtesy of award-winning architect, Zaha Hadid. The Riverside Museum was the winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award and for good reason with its extensive collection of historical transport.
The Riverside Museum is also big on interactive displays. Bring the kids and look out for it’s mock vintage Glaswegian street. Where visitors can go in and experience the Glasgow shops, cafes and subway of decades gone by.
The Tall Ship at Riverside
One of the most popular and impressive exhibits to be found at the Riverside Museum is The Tall Ship, situated behind the museum building & docked on the River Clyde. The Tall Ship was originally known as The Glenlee and has circumnavigated the world 4 times since it’s maiden voyage in 1896. The ship was built at the Bay Yard in Port Glasgow and is one of only five sailing ships built on the Clyde that remains afloat in the world today. Having been lovingly restored over a 6 year period by the Clyde Maritime Trust, The Tall Ship is recognised by the National Historical Ships Committee in their Core Collection. One of only 43 vessels out of 1,500, you can wander through the ship and see the original design while reading up on the history of the ship’s incredible lifeline.
From the The Tall Ship you are less than a ten minute walk to Partick. Where you can stop by Caffe Monza before hopping on the train, bus or subway back home!