Glasgow shopping is a uniquely Scottish experience. From the vast shopping centres found throughout its various districts to the boutique fashion outlets in the more bohemian districts, Glasgow has a bargain to interest even the most discerning travellers.
Many of the city’s nicest shopping precincts also rank among its most historic – recent renovations in the Merchant City district have seen a number of Glasgow’s most upmarket shops move into venerable warehouses and old buildings. This makes shopping a great way to grab a deal on a souvenir and take in some local history at the same time.
The Style Mile in the city centre is widely considered the home of Glasgow fashion. Also known as The Golden Z, the Style Mile will take you from Argyle Street in the south, along Buchanan Street and finally onto Sauchiehall (pronounced so-key-hall) Street in the north, forming a ‘Z’ shape. This precinct has some of the most upmarket and desirable shopping in Glasgow.
Located on Buchanan Street within the Style Mile is the Argyll Arcade. Home to over 30 of the city’s finest jewellers, Argyll Arcade is a treasure trove of locally made jewellery and keepsakes with which to remember your incredible Scottish adventure. Among the most iconic Glasgow shopping centres, Argyll Arcade is well worth stopping by as you make your way through the city centre.
The West End is Glasgow’s bohemian art district. The running theme here is a defiantly Scottish ‘we’ll do it ourselves’ attitude. If you’ve been wondering what to buy in Glasgow, this area is full of family-owned businesses and local retailers selling handmade products of every kind. You’re sure to find the perfect memento here.
Glasgow markets are where you can find that special, truly unique souvenir from your time in Scotland. Open every weekend and scattered all over the city, visiting any of Glasgow’s markets will allow you to peruse lots of locally made products and meet some of the colourful locals. If you’re not sure where to go, ask at your hotel for a Glasgow shopping guide.