Glasgow is often the city of choice for savvy shoppers in Scotland, and it is not hard to see why. The city is home to some great shopping centers, and malls, which contain all off the big names in British retail, and the well known brands from the high street. However, there are also some great boutiques, and some shops that provide local goods, which make great gifts and souvenirs. If you’re looking for high end designers, you will also not be disappointed with what you find in the city. This really is a shopper’s paradise, so if you’re looking for some serious retail therapy it helps to know where in the city you can find the best goods.
As there are over 1500 shops in Glasgow, the most of any city outside of London, it’s a huge advantage to know where to find what you’re looking for.
- The ‘Style Mile’
is the first place most fashionistas head to. This is because the streets making up this mile contain an insane number of shops. In this hugely concentrated retail area, you are bound to find whatever you’re looking for, plus a couple of extra treats. By meandering down Merchant City, Buchanan Street, and Argyle Street, you’ll find all kinds of treats, whether you’re interested in clothes, jewelry, electronics, or home-ware and decor.
- Ingram Street
is the prime street for men’s shopping. This includes casual clothes, designer suits, and even traditional Scottish dress like kilts and tweeds. Even the big brand electronic stores around here are in old Gentlemen’s Clubs.
- West End
is vital for anyone looking for something a little unique or unusual. This is where the bohemian boutiques, hand crafted home ware and just generally individual goods are found. If you want to find something that is definitely not mass produced for a chain store, then the West end is where to find it.
It can take a full weekend to really do a shopping trip properly in Glasgow, but knowing what you want and where to find it can speed the process up.