Underneath Glasgow Central railways Station lie The Arches, a former iconic nightspot which reopened in 2018. Newly refurbished, it’s a stunning, colorful and spacious space now offering various pop-up events.
Every week, from Friday to Sunday, the Platform brings on a street food market, gathering a variety of independent traders focusing on local, artisan and fair-trade sourced produce as an alternative to industrial fast-foods.
You can browse and choose among twelve traders, all serving tasty food from around the world with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halal options. This goes from cauliflower & peas falafels with walnut Muhammara, mini mezze, veggie burgers to Masala roast chicken and Shetland haddock with salad. Price range from £6.50 to £8; this is less than a traditional Fish & Chips and more creative. Food is available to sit-in or takeaway.
The Platform also offers a choice of freshly roasted coffees for £2 and serves Innis & Gunn draft beers, including two brewed in-house (£5.20 is rather dear though) until Midnight.
To me, The Arches is a perfect venue for a weekend lunch, laid back and warm, with cool music. And a pause from the City buzz or climate!
Note that in 2001, Banksy created three murals inside The Arches. Unfortunately, the murals were painted over, and The Arches shut down. The murals are currently being restored on site until November. So, ask. You might be lucky enough to view the restoration in progress. More information: https://banksy.scot/