For the second best shopping experience in the UK, look no further than Glasgow. The sheer number and variety of shops is surpassed only by London. Add to this varied shopping experiences – pedestrianised streets, shopping malls, markets and arcades – fabulous restaurants and eateries, and beautiful historic buildings all over the city; shopping in Glasgow isn’t just a trip to the shops – it’s an event!
Pedestrianised Street Shopping
Glasgow’s city centre boasts three outstanding pedestrianised shopping streets where you can browse, shop or just sit and people watch in safety. Buchanan Street, Argyle Street, and Sauchiehall Street are the focus of most of the shopping in Glasgow, each one with a different character. Pedestrianised at its eastern end, Sauchiehall Street is home to many well known outlets such as BHS, HMV and WH Smith, and smaller chain shops offering discount prices. There are also two shopping centres – the Sauchiehall Street Centre and the Savoy Centre which contains many small outlets selling artwork, jewellery, clothes, furniture and fast food.
Buchanan Street has taken over from Sauchiehall Street as Glasgow’s main shopping precinct. Aside from some major retailers such as Frasers and Borders, there are many smaller, designer shops and niche market boutiques. Its large width makes it perfect for street entertainers who perform all year round and add to Glasgow’s bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Argyle Street is home to some of the UK’s biggest retailers – Marks and Spencer, HMV, Gap, Next, to name only a few.
All Under One Roof
Glasgow’s malls are a shopping Mecca. The Buchanan Galleries at the top of Buchanan Street is regarded as the best mall in the city centre. It’s 80 shops including John Lewis, H&M, Habitat, and Next are a mix of big retailers and smaller boutiques which sell fashion, accessories, clothes and gifts.