SHOPPING IN GLASGOW
Not only does Glasgow offer a fantastic cultural experience, it is also home to the best shopping in Scotland, making it the ideal destination for a city break. Glasgow’s shopping highlights are all found in the city centre, in an area known as “The Style Mile”.
The Style MileThe Style Mile is a square mile of buildings in the heart of Glasgow’s City centre, comprising of shops, cafes, restaurants and clubs. It is said to be the largest concentration of shops in the UK outside of London. Home to high street stores, international fashion labels and independent boutiques, the Style Mile has something for everyone. It includes Buchanan Galleries, St Enoch Centre, Princes Square and Argyle Arcade shopping centres, plus Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street.
Buchanan GalleriesAs part of a major redevelopment of Glasgow city centre in the late 90s, Buchanan Galleries was built. Buchanan Galleries is found at the top of Buchanan Street adjacent to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and houses over 80 shops, many of which are well known high street names. The largest tenant is the John Lewis department store.
Alternative shoppingFor a different experience, Glasgow’s West End offers a more bohemian alternative to shopping. Check out independently owned boutiques, second hand and specialist shops. If you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, there are plenty of artisan coffee shops to relax in too,
The Barrowland Market, known locally as “the Barras”, is a fifteen minute walk from the city centre. The Barrowland Market is open every weekend from 10:00-15:00. Pick up a bargain at the market stalls, selling everything from handicrafts and flowers to antiques. Stop for a freshly made pancake or doughnut at one of the delightful food stalls in between shopping.
A shopping break in Glasgow is not complete without a stylish hotel to return to at the end of a busy day of retail therapy. The Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow is conveniently located in the city centre, close to The Style Mile, Buchanan Galleries and many other attractions.