The hustle and bustle of the city centre perfectly suits Laboratorio Espresso’s efficient Italian coffee culture roots. There to serve you a caffeine hit with ease, the skilled baristas will have you on your way in no time. However, the stylish interior – including the obligatory bicycle – may you lure you into sitting awhile. The almost double-story windows flood the space with light, held in by the sleek wood panelling, salvaged from The Glasgow School of Art, giving the small space warmth in contrast to the hard surfaces. The coffee is a traditional Italian blend, smooth with notes of hazelnut and Northern Italian fruit, perfect for espresso. There is also a simple “slow food” menu, again adhering to the traditions of northern Italy, with a range of pastries, sandwiches and seasonal offerings. The combination of the coffee and food make for a perfect pairing, and bring an authentic Italian coffee bar experience to Glasgow. Grab and go, or sit and be slow – the choice is yours.