The Best Places to Shop in Glasgow
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
From high-end shopping districts to amazing vintage finds, shopping is never a dull experience in Glasgow.
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....
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...
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...
Buchanan St, Glasgow, UK
If shopping’s your bag, make a bee-line for Glasgow’s “Style Mile,” where the concentration of shops here (some 200) makes it the UK’s largest retail center outside London. The choices include everything from massive department-store emporiums...
11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow G1 3NU, UK
Scotland's centre for design and architecture is a great place to linger for a while. A fine retail options in the centre is Analogue Shop which showcases outstanding Scottish design throughout the year with items from local designers and...
Buchanan galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
Nothing screams Scotland quite like a kilt. The country's national garb can be extremely stylish when worn well, usually at formal or celebratory occasions. There are several kilt hire options in Glasgow. One of the most famous is Hector Russell...
Cresswell Ln, Glasgow G12, 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...
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...
Ingram St, Glasgow G1, UK
An important element of Merchant City's transformation into one of Glasgow's most important tourist areas is high-end shopping. The streets and lanes close to the River Clyde are packed with studios, workshops and galleries, but closer to Ingram...
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,...
242 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5DX, 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...
220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
Nearby Princes Square probably wins out for swankiness, but Buchanan Galleries is a worthy rival in the battle of the shopping malls. The emphasis here is on high street retailers such as Next and Oasis, but there's a few higher-end names thrown...
Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3JN, UK
A restored Victorian atrium space with boutique shops and restaurants, Princes Square is a key shopping destination on one of the busiest retail streets in the United Kingdom. The mall is set across four levels, with fashion options ranging from...
45 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3HL, UK
Established in Glasgow in the middle of the 19th Century, House of Fraser has come a long way since then with outlets in cities throughout the UK. Despite a slightly dowdy image, the chain is one of the best places to find a number of high-end...
7 John St, Glasgow G1 1HP, UK
Anchoring the evolution of the Merchant City has been The Italian Centre, which contains some of the biggest names in the designer clothing arena including Armani and Gucci. The piazza style architecture and presence of some pleasant cafes and...
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...
167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ, UK
“For me, the art school is what Garnethill is all about. If I go out to buy a pint of milk, I pass this architectural landmark, and it still gives me a buzz. The school also has an art supply shop that I find very useful for my work.” -Stewart...
98 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3HA, UK
It’s easy to become a shopaholic along this square mile in the center of Glasgow crammed with over 200 shops. Dubbed as the UK’s most successful shopping location outside London’s west end, expect lots of unique designer stores and strictly...
Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12, UK
This charming cobblestoned back street, lined with restaurants and bars, is the place for lively nightlife in Glasgow’s West End. When darkness falls, festive strings of lights twinkle overhead, and the sounds of live music and laughter drift from...
Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ, UK
The slightly goofy-sounding name of this beloved concert venue explains its history: it occupies a Merchant City building that really did house a produce market back in the 1800s. Many of the original architectural details from those days are...
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