How to spend 48 hours in Glasgow
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With an intriguing blend of tradition and avant-garde, Glasgow has plenty to offer and here are the best places to shop. Begin your journey in Sauchiehall Street, where stores such as Marks and Spencer and Waterstones Books join home-grown shopping experiences like Watt Brother’s department store. Buchanan Galleries has 80 shops selling everything from cute kids’ accessories to designer olive oils. Flagship store John Lewis dominates one end of this complex, which is also well-served by stores like Next, Hollister and Boux Avenue.
Widely regarded as the Hatton Garden of Scotland, the jewel-filled Argyll Arcade hosts more than 30 jewellers, designers and diamond merchants all under one roof. The Merchant City is where the traders of centuries past came to do business. Today there are independent boutiques, homeware shops and art galleries, as well as labels such as Mulberry and Emporio Armani. In fact, the area around Ingram Street is fast becoming the city’s designer enclave with famous names like Ralph Lauren, Gant and Cruise, one of Europe’s largest independent designer retailers, offering several floors of Gucci, Paul Smith and McQueen.
If antiques are your passion, try Glasgow City Antiques in Lancefield Street or, on the weekend only, Glasgow Antiques and Collectibles Market on London Road, open all day Saturday and Sunday. Other caverns of delights can be found at the Ruthven Mews Arcade in Athole Gardens and Glasgow Architectural Salvage in South Street, near the Glasgow Harbour development. Another South Street must-see is Vintage & Retro, which specialises in Ercol furniture, but also stocks some older antique pieces.
For more antique curios, including several antiquarian book sellers, jump on the underground train that runs in a loop round the city, and take a ride to Hillhead, deep in Glasgow’s West End. Seek out De Courcy’s Antique and Craft Arcade in Cresswell Lane –which is also great for one-off shops and offbeat boutiques – and Voltaire & Rousseau in Otago Lane for antique books. Otago Street has several antique shops and auction houses, while you may come across some vintage Pucci, Biba and Ossie Clark at Starry Starry Night in Dowanside Lane.
Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3JN
Sheila Fleet is one of Scotland’s leading designer-makers of gold, silver and platinum jewellery. Sheila was brought up on a farm in Hoxa, South Ronaldsay surrounded by the sea and sky. Her fascination with the sea never waned, its shape and movement inspiring many jewellery collections over the years. Made in Orkney, her jewellery is collected all over the world and is know for its vibrant enamel colours and fine hand-finish. A warm welcome awaits you in Glasgow in the Jewellery Room, lower ground floor of House of Fraser. Visit website
39-41 Bath St, Glasgow G2 1HW
Established in 1979, Highlandwear specialist MacGregor and MacDuff have locations in Glasgow, Ayrshire, London, Manchester and New York, alongside selling worldwide online. As a premium kiltmakers, the selection of kilts, jackets and accessories showcase world-class Scottish craftsmanship. With over 40 years’ experience in the Highlandwear industry, MacGregor and MacDuff are proud to use traditional kiltmaking skills and techniques passed down and refined through generations of kiltmaking. MacGregor and MacDuff offer a range of traditional and modern jacket and waistcoats; as well as over 4,000 tartans to choose from, including the exclusive Mist range. Visit website
Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3JN
Princes Square is a beautifully restored listed building dating from 1841, and is now Scotland’s leading fashion, shopping and dining destination. It is located right in the centre of Glasgow’s main shopping street, Buchanan Street. The shopping centre has five floors of unrivalled quality shopping, drinking and dining situated in beautiful surroundings. Visit website
1158 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow G20 9TA
Established in 1987, Martin’s of Glasgow were originally a classic high street jewellers in Glasgow. During the early 90s, the need for high class jewellery and watch repairs in Glasgow rose considerably, and Martins’ reputation for providing the best quality repair work was deemed second to none. As a highly experienced member of British Watch and Clockmaker’s Guild, Martin’s of Glasgow continue to hold to those exemplary standards, and you can trust the experts with even the most prized family heirlooms, including watches, in Glasgow. The jeweller’s offer watch repairs on all watches in Glasgow, from leading manufacturers including Rolex, Breitling, Cartier, Omega, and TAG Heuer. Martins’ expertise in these huge name watches puts them ahead of the rest when it comes to getting the best quality watch repairs in Glasgow. Visit website
153 North St, Glasgow G3 7DA
Bon Accord (est. 1971) are proud to offer a unique range of high calibre whisky and other spirits, specialising in old and rare whisky. As a family-run business, they are passionate about their work, selling over 1000 different beers a year with over 400 whiskies in stock! Food is served seven days a week. Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, and Sunday 12.30pm-8pm with an exciting quiz on Wednesday evenings. Visit website
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