A guide to shopping in Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s shopping capital! You won’t be disappointed when you’re shopping in Glasgow. From the variety of streets, boutiques and hidden gems to explore during your shopping break.

Whether you’re a local or new visitor to Glasgow, the Style Mile is the best place to start. The Style Mile is a concentration of shops in the city centre, only a few minutes walk from Apex City of Glasgow Hotel on Bath Street. There’s a great selection of stores down Buchanan Street, along Argyle Street and Merchant City. We’ve packaged up our favourite destinations across the city highlighting what’s best about them to help you decide where to start.

A day in Glasgow

Glasgow’s city centre is compact and easily navigated. Start the day with breakfast in Buchanan Galleries where you’ll find Eat and Mr Pretzels or a Fuel to kick start your day. Once you’ve explored the massive H&M, Boots, River Island and Warehouse, head down Buchanan Street and you’ll be amazed with what’s on offer. Wherever you look, you’ll find your favourite stores like Dune, Office, New Look, Urban Outfitters, Diesel and Jack Wills.

Make sure to stop for a coffee at Starbucks, Caffè Nero or Costa on your way down this pedestrianised hill. A long lunch at Hard Rock Cafe or TGI Fridays is the perfect pit stop with cocktails to rest your feet before an afternoon full of more shopping.

Your afternoon can be spent indoors in St Enoch’s Centre where you’ll find Hamley’s Toy Store or in House of Fraser where you’ll be spoilt for choice, surrounded by big brands.

Designer treats

Princes Square, a hidden oasis of style of Buchanan Street, is full of stylish designer boutiques like Kurt Geiger, Radley, Ted Baker, Vivienne Westwood and French Connection. If you’ve got time, Ingram Street stretches from Royal Exchange Square right through Merchant City and has become one of the city’s most exclusive fashion areas. Ingram Street is lined with niche brands and leading designers like Cruise, Pretty Green, Ralph Lauren, Emporio Armani and Replay.

Boutiques & hidden gems

Merchant City is in the heart of Glasgow just minutes from one of Europe’s busiest shopping destinations. The square is lively and packed full of culture and particularly known for its small shops selling comics, games and classic collectables.

The West End is the ultimate hipster hangout in Glasgow renowned for its vintage stores and bespoke shops including W2, Timorous Beasties and Nancy Smillie. Whilst you’re in the West End, look out for Ashton Lane. The lane is a cobbled backstreet which is full of restaurants and bars and some small specialist shops off the beaten track.

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