Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Coffee with kindness … hubs in Whiteinch and Partick appear on Cafes That Care list

By Ian Marland at

They are on a mission to serve more than just coffee.

Now the good work of the West End’s do-good cafes and tea houses has been recognised in a new online directory.

Coffee shops with a social purpose have set up across Scotland in recent years.

Social: The Annexe is a community hub on Stewartville Street.

Social: The Annexe is a community hub on Stewartville Street.

Positively Scottish, the online magazine that launched last year, has collated a list of nearly one hundred establishments across Scotland that tick the box of having a social purpose.

Included on the new list are the Annexe Café in Stewartville Street and For Fika Sake, in Keith Street, both in Partick, along with Teapots Café, based at the Whiteinch Centre in Northinch Court.

Community: Teapot Cafe is based within the Whiteinch Centre in Northinch Court.

Community: Teapot Cafe is based within the Whiteinch Centre in Northinch Court.

The Annexe Cafe, run by Annexe Communities, supports people with poor mental and physical health; the elderly and isolated; carers and their families; and local organisations who need help to expand.

For Fika Sake, which is run as a social enterprise, aims to engage with and employ young people from the city, providing high quality training, skills and opportunities.

Meanwhile, The Teapot Cafe offers a friendly and relaxed environment and range of services and activities for the local community.

The list of Cafes that Care was put together for the West End-based online magazine by researchers Roberto Parrucci and Marti Matvijev.

The list is arranged by geographical area, so people can scan down to a local cafe, or see where to visit when travelling.

Calum Macdonald, editor of Positively Scottish, said: “We decided to showcase the remarkable range of cafes across Scotland that do more than just serve great coffee, tea and cakes, but have a community purpose too, often as a social enterprise.

“That might mean helping train people with disabilities or other barriers to working, fostering the arts, or just being a vibrant focal point for an urban district or rural village – our Cafes that Care all fulfil a really important role.”

* Positively Scottish says coffee shops not included inadvertently can still be included. Just email details to ps@positivelyscottish.scot to be added to the list.