Glasgow loves to shop. That’s pretty much self-evident. But, away from the malls and pedestrianised thoroughfares of the centre there are the gorgeous, scrubbed-up 18th century warehouses of Merchant City, home to swish boutiques, the bo-ho neighborhoods where made-in-Glasgow art and fashion jostle for your attention, and the busy markets where Glasgow commerce continues pretty much as it’s always done.
If big names and international brands are your thing, the sleek Buchanan Galleries, where Sauchiehall and Buchanan Street meet, should be on your shopping list. There’s a huge John Lewis here, and high street favourites such as Hollister, Pandora and Vans. ‘The ‘Style Mile’ around Buchanan St, Argyle St and Merchant City is a fashion hub busting at the ever-so-tailored seams.
Things get a touch more interesting in the handsome Princes Square shopping centre, with its Art Nouveau flourishes, and the excellent Scottish Craft Centre, which has an outstanding collection of work – from Harris tweed to gorgeous Sheila Fleet jewellery, made in the Orkney Isles (48 Buchanan Street). And it gets way more bohemian in the West End, around Byres Road.
Shops We Love
Beautiful Scottish jewellery designs, created on the premises. Looking for something you won’t find anywhere else? This is the place.
58 Albion St, G1 1LH
Contemporary Scottish fabrics, home furnishings and kitchenware. Harris Tweed sofas to die for! (if you’ve the cash, of course).
107 West George Street,G2 1QR
A non-profit space in the heart of the Merchant City for tailors, jewellers and artists to sell their creations. Look for great menswear from the likes of Mark Bradley at G69 clothing, and ASOS star Rebecca Torres’ vividly-coloured and empowering ready to wear women’s range.
45 High St, G1 1LX
Part of the CCA – a showcase for craft, design and illustration work. Fab homewear, stationery, clutch bags and crockery – just some of the joys within.
359 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
The Barras Art & Design Centre, in the heart of Glasgow’s thrilling Barras Market, is home to jewellery makers, retro furniture restorers, fashion designers and artists. And a great cafe too.
54 Calton Entry, G40 2SB
Mr. Ben Vintage
A firm favourite with thrifty fashionistas (and next to Mono records – also worth a mooch) this vintage shed is stuffed to the rafters with clothing and accessories.
Kings Court, 101 King Street, G1 2RB
The Shop of Interest
Excellent art and fashion from local makers. Their remit is simple: ‘we sell interesting things’. They do – and they included jewellery, fabrics, prints and accessories.
1058 Argyll Street, G3 8LY
Galletly and Tubbs
Strongly curated selection of home interior design pieces
31 Great Western Road, Glasgow,G4 9JA
Voltaire & Rousseau
Perhaps the city’s best second hand book store
12–14 Otago Lane G12 8P
Modern clothes with a classic twist
41 Ruthven Ln, G12 9BG
It’s bric-a-brac central at this Aladdin’s cave
Ruthven Mews, Dowanside Lane G12 9BZ