There’s more to Glasgow than its shopping centre, but the shopping centre is undoubtedly pretty special. This homely yet stylish and cosmopolitan city is a magnet for many of the most committed shoppers around!
Glasgow’s Style Mile
Glasgow is a superb place to shop. In fact Glasgow’s Style Mile has been described as the "UK’s largest and most successful shopping location outside… London’s West End".
The Style Mile includes:
Argyll Arcade is THE a place to shop for jewellery (from vintage to cutting edge design), watches, diamonds and silverware, and is home to Sloans (Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant, covering three floors!).
Argyle Street is busy and full of character, with an emormous Marks and Spencer, and most of the usual beloved high street names, from Primark to Gap, unusual footwear retailers, and skate/snowboard style too.
At the junction of Saucihiehall Street and Buchanan Street, almost a hundred famous names gather – including John Lewis and other high street favourites such as Swarovski, Mango, Hollister, Lakeland and The Whisky Shop… So much to see on four floors.
Buchanan Street and Quarter
Buchanan Street, stretching from St Enoch Street to Sauchiehall Street, is a pedestrianised area: architecturally gorgeous and full of great shopping. Shoe fanatics will love Buchanan Street, and the department store Frasers is popular too. This area is great for stylish, quirky clothing and sportswear, especially for walking and snowboarding.
Buchanan Quarter is a new development which mixes shopping and daily living, and includes many great shops such as Forever 21 and Watches of Switzerland.
From Merchant City to Royal Exchange Square, the sandstone buildings are backdrop to this exclusive high fashion area with designers such as Ralph Lauren, Armani and Gant.
Historically home to wealthy manufacturing barons, this is now a cultural quarter full of galleries, restaurants and bars, and intimate shops full of collectibles, fine food and speciality items.
Built in the early nineteenth century, Princes Square has now been converted into an incredible shopping area with courtyard and terraces full of cafes, restaurants, beauty shops and wonderful designer stores such as Vivienne Westwood.
Royal Exchange Square
In the area around the Gallery of Modern Art, there are many trendy bars and restaurants here, as well as stylish clothing shops.
This is Glasgow’s most well-known street which is packed full of well known high street shops, and is home to the Willow Tearoom – designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and absolutely gorgeous.
St Enoch Centre
And lastly, the St Enoch Centre where Argyle Street and Buchanan Street meet. This is a shiny, modern mall where Debenhams and lots of high street names including the Disney Store or Hamleys (for toys!), are based. And there’s plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry.
Other shopping experiences
And if you fancy seeing a bit more of the surrounding area, try shopping in one of Glasgow’s other retail outlets. Not quite out-of-town, but not in the style mile, the retail area at The Forge Retail Park (just off the A89, Gallowgate), offers over seventy high street brands, including a massive Asda. The free parking and wide range of customer services available make this definitely worth a visit.
Or try the Braehead Shopping Centre, off Kings Inch Road, on the banks of the Clyde – it is a large riverside shopping mall with many stores, a family zone and concert arena. Host to many events and home to a wide variety of shops, the Braehead also offers hands on activities for kids during school holidays.
Where to stay
There’s too little space to go into a lot of detail about the wealth of shopping experiences available in Glasgow, so you’ll simply have to visit and see it all for yourself! We are proud to offer the visitor to Glasgow some incredible choices of accommodation, whether in apartment, hotel or bed and breakfast. We offer wonderful options to suit all requirements, so see our exceptional listings below and book soon.