In the Yorkhill neighbourhood of Glasgow’s West End, there’s a doughnut shop I’d been wanting to go to ever since it opened less than two years ago. I didn’t get a chance to go before going on my year abroad, but now I’m back it was top of my list of places to try, so my friend B and I took the opportunity to combine a long-due catch up with our mutual love of all things sweet and visit Tantrum Doughnuts earlier this week. You’ll find Tantrum Doughnuts on Old Dumbarton Road, very close to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; it’s just a little bit along the road from the Finnieston area of the West End and is very easily accessible by public transport and on foot from the city centre.
They make two styles of doughnuts in a variety of flavours and they are all freshly baked every day (so get there quickly, because once the flavour you’d like is sold out, it’s sold out for the day!!). Being a slight coffee fiend, I opted for the Tiramisu doughnut and a latte and B ordered a Chocolate Hazelnut doughnut with an americano. My Tiramisu doughnut was absolutely delicious! Sticky, sweet, gooey – yum! It was topped with icing and chocolate balls and had a coffee paste inside and I inevitably ended up making a bit of a mess of it with icing and coffee paste dripping off my fingers, but hey isn’t that how you’re supposed to eat?! Food should be a experience for all the senses, not just your tastebuds! Everything was very reasonably priced (it was less than £5 each for a doughnut and coffee), especially considering the quality of the doughnuts! And every month they change the range of flavours on offer, so the choice is limited to 8 or so different flavours but based on my experience every flavour is done very well!
The shop is quite small, but there are a few tables to sit at, as well as a raised shelf with bar stools. I maybe wouldn’t recommend this as a place to come and work or study with a laptop, but for a catch up with a friend it’s perfect! They also provide a big jug of tap water, which is well-needed given how sweet and sugary the doughnuts are (definitely not a complaint). Unfortunately, due to the size of their kitchen space, all the doughnuts contain dairy and gluten (and they aren’t guaranteed to be nut-free either). But fortunately for the vegetarians among you, all of their doughnuts are suitable for vegetarians (minus those with bacon or marshmallows).
Where: You’ll find Tantrum Doughnuts on Old Dumbarton Road in the West End of Glasgow. They’re open every day except Monday.
Price: Less the £5 for a doughnut and a coffee – bargain!!
How to get there: The West End is easily accessible from the city centre by public transport or on foot (maybe bring a waterproof for the rain though!). The closest subway stop to Tantrum is Kelvinhall which is about 10 minutes away on foot, and the closest train station is Exhibition Centre which is about 10-15 minutes away (the train to Exhibiton Centre runs from Glasgow Central and takes 5 minutes to get there).
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