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Glasgow's Best Independent Shops

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Glasgow's reputation as Scotland's shopping capital is largely based on the excellent selection of cutting-edge international brand names available in the city center. Nevertheless, it could just as easily be applied to the fine range of independent retail options tucked away down narrow lanes and in less commercial parts of town. These range from chaotic bookstores to expertly curated record retailers.
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Kings Court, 101 King St, Glasgow G1 2RB, UK
"The retro scene in Glasgow is really big. There’s a great little run of vintage clothing places on King Street. I know designers who fly in just to shop here. The clothing is much more reasonably priced than in London." - Stewart Laing This...
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19 Dowanside Ln, Glasgow G12 9BZ, UK
Glasgow’s vintage scene is pretty spot-on for a city of its size. With a number of shops located on the adorably cobbled Dowanside Lane, just off of Byres’ Road, there are lots of curious finds for folks looking to avoid the typical Zara and co....
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Dowanhill House, Glasgow G12, UK
Tucked away on Dowanside and Ruthven Lanes, a retro haven awaits in the form of several independent vintage stores showcasing garments from the 1920s onwards. One favorite choice is Relics, Glasgow’s “junk” store. The living embodiment of the idea...
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1058 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8LY, UK
If your taste is a bit quirky and leans towards arts and crafts, make time to visit this shop on Argyle Street, which lures locals and tourists alike to its stores, restaurants and bars. The Shop of Interest represents a roster of jewelers,...
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12-14 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB, UK
If it is a nice orderly shopping experience you are after, Voltaire and Rousseau is not the place to go. However, this veritable Aladdin's Cave of curiosities is an endlessly fun place for committed browsers. It is difficult to find exactly what...
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12, Kings Court, Glasgow G1 5RB, UK
An air of casual cool permeates the atmosphere at this, one of Glasgow's best gathering spots for fans of alternative music. A judiciously curated events schedule runs the gamut from book readings to live performances, while the cafe serves great...
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Buchanan galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
While Glasgow's city centre is the place to go for high-end international names, the cobbled lanes of the West End shelter a more eclectic range of shops. At the centre of this scene is Cresswell Lane, which is a one stop shop for everything from...
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449 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HH, UK
The global craft beer boom has hit Glasgow and this interestingly-named outlet is the best place to pick up a delicious bottle. Local brews from Drygate Brewery are prominent among the selection, but there are ales, IPAs and other micro-brewed...
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Glasgow, UK
You most likely won't find possessions to treasure at this legendary weekend flea market. Indeed, most of the items for sale can be safely filed in the category marked "tat". Nevertheless, the market -- which has been in existence since the early...