Glaswegian’s love their fashion and some of Britain’s brightest young design talent including Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane, come from Glasgow. If you want to pick up some vintage bargains, our top pick is the Kilo store located in Glasgow’s trendy Finnieston. The shop is packed with retro gems for men and women at wallet friendly prices. More Information
Glasgow’s has many museums and galleries, all within easy reach of the city. They are all free and most of them have cafes & shops – perfect for a pit stop. We went along to GoMa, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. It’s worth a visit just to see the beautiful 18th century building alone. Don’t miss Nathan Coley’s fab exhibition featuring 286 places of worship carefully recreated in cardboard – it has to be seen to be believed!
The Drygate Brewery is the UK’s first experiential Craft Brewery. It’s worth going here for lunch and trying out some of the fantastic IPA brews. They have an extensive menu and the food is delicious. Make sure you try out the unique Apple Ale. The staff are incredibly knowledgable and can explain anything from food pairings to how the beer is brewed. After lunch, try out some more beers on the gorgeous roof terrace and don’t forget to check out their well-stocked bottle shop. More Information
Many don’t know that Glasgow is actually built with a similar American grid system to New York. Like New York, there are plenty of hip neighbourhoods to hang out in. The West-End was recently voted the Best neighbourhood in UK & Ireland by the academy of Urbanism and is perfect for shopping, drinking and hipster spotting. Explore the stunning gothic architecture and leafy avenues. Don’t miss the fab shops on Byres Road and bars on Ashton Lane.
With over 1,500 shops to choose from, Glasgow is the largest shopping destination outside of London’s West End. The ‘Style Mile’ in the Merchant City is home to some of Glasgow’s best shops. It has all the big names including Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Mulberry as well as a host of boutiques and homeware stores.
The architecture in Glasgow is exquisite and some of the finest examples are by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Mackintosh trail is one of the best ways to enjoy the architect’s work and the £16 one-day ticket also allows you unlimited travel on the SPR subway, First Bus Services and includes entry to all Mackintosh attractions. More Information
If you want to try some of Glasgow’s best cocktails then head to the Kelvingrove Café. Housed in an old Ice Cream Parlour the bar is the brainchild of mixologist, Mal Spence. The bar recently created a cocktail made up of ingredients representing each of the 71 Commonwealth Nations. We highly recommend an Espresso Martini (pictured). More Information
The Gannet promotes dining ‘without the faff’. They use nothing but sustainable ingredients and the slow cooked lamb with pearl barley risotto is not to be missed. If you have a sweet tooth, their Chocolate Fondant pudding is out of this world! More Information
Glasgow’s merchant city is one of the oldest districts of the city. Once home to wealthy merchants, it now plays host to some of Glasgow’s best shops, bars and restaurants. We recommend spending a day in the Merchant city. Start with lunch at the Central Market followed by a mooch around the shops. Culture vultures can book a show at the Panopticon, one of the World’s oldest surviving music halls (Stan Laurel played here in 1906). Dine alfresco at the Social, then (if you have the energy) dance it off upstairs in their vibrant bar. If you fancy a nightcap, head to the Corinthian club. Sip champagne in luxury and try your luck in the casino.
At just 5mins from the Central Station, Hotel Indigo is in the perfect location for exploring the city. The building is of historical significance to Glasgow, dating back to 1892 and was the home of the Glasgow Corporation’s Electric Lighting Station. Rooms are lovely with huge, comfy beds and walk in showers. Breakfast is great, offering cooked or continental options. More Information