Glasgow, Queen of Shops
As home of ‘the style mile’, Glasgow provides a shopping mecca for those hoping to pick up some quality gear, especially over Christmas. Here’s a round-up of the best spots in Glasgow where you can bag some goodies:
St Enoch Centre
St. Enoch Centre
With its protruding glass front, the St Enoch Centre is a dream for the modern shopper. Its pride and joy is the huge Debenhams situated within. Other major fashion brands such as Swatch, H&M and Fossil also have stores in the centre. Need a break from all of that hardcore shopping? Then there’s also a Nando’s, Kimble’s and a Costa Coffee.
Jewellery on the Style Mile
If you’re a bit posh or just looking for something special then you’ll probably want to visit the Argyll Arcade. Luxurious jewellery can be found at James Porter & Sons or Harold Barclay. Vintage jewellery is housed at Mr Harold & Son, while contemporary pieces can be found at Lewis Grant. You’ll probably need a stiff drink after splashing the cash, so the Argyll Arcade is also home to Sloans bar and restaurant.
Argyle street at Christmas
A visit to Argyle Street is a must for young people especially. High-street fashion is to be found at River Island, Gap, Next and Top Shop. Bargains can be bought at Primark and Scotland’s biggest TK Maxx. Plus if you’re looking for some cool footwear there’s a Schuh and Foot Asylum.
Merchant City Glasgow
Merchant city is a thriving cultural quarter. Among the top bars and restaurants, you’ll find a famous thrift store, Mr Ben and designer homewares at Dallas & Dallas and Belgica. There’s also a couple of lush food stores in the form of Peckhams and Berits & Brown.
Buchannan Street Glasgow
This street provides an interesting mix of retail and residential. The main attraction is the huge American brand Forever 21, one of only six stores across the whole of the UK. Wait there’s more, on Buchanan street you can also visit big names such as Paperchase, Fat Face and Skechers.
Shopping Centre Glasgow
Designer gear is housed within beautiful architecture at the mall at Princes Square. There are simply too many big names on offer to list here, but I will give you a few tempting ones: Kurt Geiger, Vivienne Westwood, French Connection and Ted Baker.
Royal Exchange Square
Royal Exchange Square
Also home to the cultural attraction GOMA, Royal Exchange Square has acquired some big name designer brands. Reiss and LK Bennett are top destinations for the stylish. Bags come from the well-established British brand Radley and there’s also a new kid on the block, Bag & Baggage.
The amount of shopping opportunities in Glasgow is astounding. With all your high-street faves and huge designer brands, I don’t know why you would want to shop anywhere else. So grab the girls, hire a campervan and prepare to be out of pocket for the next few months.