Wonderful Glasgow shopping and shopping breaks

Shopping Breaks In Glasgow

Why not take advantage of these great shopping oppurtunities with one of our shopping breaks in Glasgow?

Buchanan Galleries

Buchanan Galleries 
Buchanan Street 
Tel: 014 1333 9898
Web: buchanangalleries.co.uk

Located at the top of one of Glasgow’s most prestigious shopping districts, Buchanan Street, Buchanan Galleries shopping centre is in the heart of Glasgow city centre, just opposite the Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland hotel.

It’s home to around  90 of the best retail names, including top high street stores John Lewis, Mango, River Island, NEXT and H&M. It even has stores you won’t find anywhere else such as Fred Perry, Thomas Sabo and Korres.

If all that shopping is making you weary then there are plenty of places to have a coffee or a bite to eat including Starbucks, Costa Coffee and The Place to Eat at John Lewis. Or why not treat yourself to high tea at Brewhaha. With over 45 varieties of tea from around the world, yummy homemade cakes and delicious sandwiches, it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Buchanan Galleries has a 2000 space car park open until 11.30pm every day. Car park entrances are on Killermont Street and Cathedral Street.

Opening hours: 9am-6pm Monday – Friday excluding Thursday 9am – 8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.

Princes Square

Princes Square
48 Buchanan Street
Glasgow G1 
Tel: 0141 221 0324
Web: 
princessquare.co.uk

A replica of Foucault's Pendulum, which demonstrate that the earth is turning, is the centrepiece of this city-centre mecca of 'must visit' shops and restaurants ranged over six floors. The range of upmarket outlets is overwhelming, so watch that credit card, it might just get away from you and wreak havoc. Hugo, Calvin Klein, French Connection, Reiss, Whistles & Morgan outlets might cause some damage.

This is perhaps the symbol of the new improved, culturally capitalised, 'designer' Glasgow. You might love it or loath it, but it has become as much a part of Glasgow.

Open 9am-1am Mon-Sat; 11.30am-5.30pm Sun.

Italian Centre

The Italian Centre
John Street / Ingram Street
Glasgow. 
Tel: 0141 552 6099

World famous names - wonderful atmosphere - not to be missed.

A selection of the finest Italian designer stores with pavement cafes completing the centre's cool and contemporary theme.

St. Enoch Centre

St Enoch Square
55 St Enoch Square
Tel: +44 141 204 3900
Web: 
st-enoch.co.uk

The St. Enoch Centre, still the largest glass structure in Europe, prides itself on being a fun, family, and friendly shopping centre. The complex contains over 80 stores, a wide variety shops include many British high street stores here such as Boots, BhS, Debenhams, Oasis & Burton.

The centre boasts Scotland's biggest food court, with over 850 seats and food outlets such as Sandwich Delight, Sea Fresh, Spuds 'r' Us, Di Maggios plus lots more. It has become one of Glasgow's best-known landmarks.

The Centre started trading in May 1989 and was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, in May 1990.

Interesting fact, when St. Enoch Square was first opened in 1783 it was first used for grazing sheep!

The site has also played host to the St Enoch Church and St Enoch Hotel. Making the location a very bustling place since the late 1700's. A far sight from what it is now.

There is plently of stuff to do for the kids with a kiddies play area and personal Kiddy's Cabs (saves having to drag them everywhere) Older kids can enjoy the two-man ride simulator!

St Enoch offers a wide range of choice which is ideal for everyone and far more enjoyable to be indoors rather out in Glasgow's rainy, damp weather.

The St.Enoch Centre is open every day throughout the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Current opening times are: 
Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm 
Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm 
Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm

Argyle Arcade

Argyll Arcade 
30 Buchanan Street
Glasgow. 
Tel: 0141 221 6680
Web: argyll-arcade.com

One of Britain’s oldest covered shopping arcades, built in 1827.

Argyll Arcade is a covered street which has the biggest selection of 32 jewellers shops all under one roof. John Baird takes the credit for its ornate iron-framed hammerbeam roof which is as pleasing to the eye as the glittering contents of the shop window displays. The L-shaped arcade was built in 1904 and to this day houses an array of local jewellery designers' shops as well as antique jewellers' shops.

Sauchiehall Street Shopping Centres

Savoy Shopping Centre
Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow.
Tel: 0141 333 9507

A wide choice of cut-price bargains from small, independent retailers.

Not far from the Sauchiehall Street Shopping Centre is the Savoy Centre where you can stroll through 2 levels of small shopping outlets which a huge range of bargains on offer from paintings of Glasgow to cut-price videos, jewellery and furniture.

Sauchiehall Street Shopping Centre
177 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow.
Tel: 0141 332 0726

Great brands and great choice in prime location.

This recently refurbished - and always popular - shopping centre on the north side of the city centre houses a number of the regular mall shops such as Superdrug and WH Smith, as well as some more unusual ones like TK Maxx and Primark which aim to bring you top-notch brand names at discount prices. Well worth a visit and is surrounded by loads more great shopping destinations.

West End

The West End of Glasgow is worth at least a day or two of exploration. As well as the fine architecture of many of the residential buildings, the area contains Glasgow University, several major museums and galleries (including the transport, Kelvingrove and Hunterian museums), and various shopping opportunities.

The main shopping street is Byres Road, which starts at the Botanical Gardens and heads south; walk down the road for about 30 minutes and you eventually reach the Clyde. Byres Road is served by several tube stations, the most convenient being Hillhead and Kelvinhall.

Byres Road is filled with great shops selling just about everything. It's eclectic mix of shops doesn't contain too many chains, which is a relief. There are some great cafes and barshere too, so you can rest a while with a pint or a capacinno, take your pick.

Just off the main road is Ashton Lane. One guide book calls it 'one of the most attractive streets in the West End, and indeed all of Glasgow'. Perhaps they mean that there's no traffic in this cobbled side street. Ashton Lane contains a cinema as well as several pubs and restaurants, several of which appear in various "Best of Scotland" eating guides.

During the long summer evenings, the lane generates its own atmosphere, with crowds of people eating and drinking outside. Its just down the hill from Glasgow University so there's a real mix of people around.

The Barras

The Barras
Gallowgate
Saturday - Sunday: 10am -5pm

A historic marketplace that's sure to surprise!

An eclectic mix of covered and open stalls selling a huge range of goods from antique furniture to computer games. The Barras has gained an unenviable reputation for selling counterfeit videos, CDs and DVDs of dubious quality, often available there before anywhere else in Europe. Worth a visit if you're in the city over the weekend, but beware that it's definitely at the lower end of the Glasgow shopping experience in terms of quality of material services - but it does have great character and the ever-present opportunity for a genuine bargain.