Glasgow has a reputation for being the greatest shopping destination in the UK outside of London. There’s a plethora of products available, from the most famous designer labels to handmade lace. Here’s a list of the best places to start your shopping adventure.
This is a great shopping mall for the whole family. There are a number of popular specialty stores, including Debenhams, Fossil, Dorothy Perkins, and the Disney Store. They also boast the largest food court under one roof and dedicated car park, which is a real draw for this busy area.
Sometimes called Little Milan because of the architecture and its collection of leading clothing designers, this market is located right in the heart of Merchant City. The Centre features stores like Versace Collections and Emporio Armani as well as world class Italian restaurants.
This sprawling shopping district covers most of the other shops on our list. The streets in this area are lined with shops of every kind and are lively into the night with a collection of clubs and restaurants. MerchantCityGlasgow.com is a comprehensive website for the area which also lists where you can find lessons offered by local businesses on everything from book binding to Jive Swing dancing. Look for music and craft festivals as well in this area.
Recognized as one of the top shopping centres in the UK, this elegant mall features three floors of high-end designer brands and specialty boutiques. Princes Square maintains a sophisticated air with shops in a variety of categories from lifestyle and beauty to gifts and art.
This weekend market started as an open street where traders rented carts to sell their wares. Now shops and stands are both indoors and out, trading a variety of goods from fresh produce to antiques. It is located away from the major shopping centres in the East End of Glasgow.
The single largest collection of jewellers and diamond merchants under one roof in Scotland. Not much more needs to be said to draw your attention to this building. They have more than 30 merchants with a vast collection of diamond necklaces, watches, engagement rings and other jewelry.
· West End
Located at the opposite side of the Glasgow shopping district from the Barras, this eclectic area has blossomed around the Kelvingrove Art Museum and the University of Glasgow. Here you can find little trendy shops like Handbags and Gladrags or dine at cozy little restaurants like The Butcher Shop on Sauchiehall Street. If you’re looking for a more relaxed day of sight seeing and retro shopping then this is the area for you.
This modern centre in the heart of Glasgow’s shopping district prides itself on offering more than just retail shopping. It nurtures a relationship with the community through charity fundraising, a retail training program and support of the fashion programme at the Glasgow School of Art.