Glasgow is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. Whether you're after big-brand names, luxury outlets or independent stores, the city caters for any budget or style. In the heart of the city is the "Style Mile", a district dense with independent boutiques, high-street names and vibrant malls, all within walking distance.

    Refueling is also easy, with plenty of pitstops in the shape of Glasgow's lively cafés, bars and restaurants. In this list of where to shop and what to buy in Glasgow, we'll show you where you can go and bring home a piece of Scotland with you, including a stop at the city's oldest confectionery.


    The Barras Market

    The weekend-only marketplace for vintage wear and more

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    The Barras Market is a marketplace located at Gallowgate by the east end of Glasgow. It takes place every weekend when stalls line the market both indoors and outdoors, with vendors selling rare vintage fashion and home accessories as well as unique handmade novelties. If you're feeling a little hungry post-shopping, be sure to pop by any of the food stalls selling local homemade snacks and candies. We also recommend trying the famous Barras Market doughnuts.

    Prices are reasonable at The Barras Market, and even if you’re not looking to shop, the lively atmosphere that awaits will make your 10-minute trip out of the city centre worthwhile.

    Location: 242 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5DX, UK

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 552 4601


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    Argyll Arcade

    Shop at the ultimate jewelers’ destination

    • Shoppers

    Argyll Arcade is a popular tourist destination in the heart of Glasgow featuring 32 jewelers under one roof. Built in 1827, Argyll Arcade is where you’ll find a wide selection of luxury watches, wedding bands, and diamond rings for every occasion. It retains an old-time charm with its original Parisian style fittings across the arcade, even marveling tourists who are simply passing by to window-shop.

    Many tourists may confuse Argyll Arcade for Argyle Street, which is where the high-end fashion shops are, so be sure to note the slight differences between the 2 when you're traveling.

    Location: 4 Argyll Arcade, Glasgow G2 8BA, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)141 248 5257


    Buchanan Street

    Shop for high-street fashion and accessories

    • Shoppers

    Buchanan Street is an upmarket shopping destination featuring high-end fashion brands, footwear specialists, and beauty stores. This bustling pedestrian boulevard is a part of the "Style Mile" district in Glasgow and tourists are often wowed by its Victorian-style architecture. At the end of Buchanan Street, you’ll be greeted by Buchanan Galleries, a shopping mall with over 80 high-street and independent boutique spanning across 4 floors.

    The flashy electric-blue streetlamps of Buchanan Street come to life at nightfall, illuminating the way for locals and visitors to enjoy a wine and dine experience at the local eateries before settling for the day.

    Location: Buchanan Street, Glasgow, UK

    Open: Opening hours may vary


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    Loch Lomond Shores

    A shopping destination by the edge of Loch Lomond

    • Families
    • Shoppers

    Loch Lomond Shores is just a 25-minute drive outside the main town of Glasgow. It has a variety of designer fashion brands and independent stores featuring toys, home accessories, and more. A farmers’ market with makeshift stalls by the boardwalk also takes place on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Here, you’ll find an array of fresh produce, handmade trinkets, and taste local meals.

    For families with young children, Loch Lomond Shores offers an outdoor play park that’s open daily and free to enter. If you’re here on a weekend, don’t forget to hop onto the Loch Lomond Shores Express, a mini train ride that takes you around the shores for a small fee.

    Location: Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1389 751031


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    St. Enoch Center

    Visit Glasgow city centre’s largest shopping mall

    • Shoppers

    St. Enoch Center is set in the heart of St Enoch Square, just a step away from the famed Buchanan Street. It is the largest shopping mall in the Glasgow city centre, featuring over 100 notable brand establishments for fashion, food, and entertainment. For parents with young children, the mall is also home to a flagship Hamleys, along with a Mothercare store that covers 2 floors with toys, clothes, and childcare products.

    The architecture of the St Enoch Center building stands out because they feature a glass roof, providing the mall with natural sunlight come summer. This earns St Enoch Center the nickname of “The Glasgow Greenhouse” – it’s the largest glass-covered enclosed area in Europe.

    Location: 55 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4BW, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 204 3900


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    Glasgow Fort

    An “out of town” mall featuring alfresco shops and eateries

    • Shoppers

    Glasgow Fort is a unique outdoor style mall located approximately 15 minutes away from the city centre. Locals especially prefer this mall as it takes them away from the bustling city but provides them just as many shopping choices. Mimicking a traditional main street look through its dual-street architecture, you’ll find over 100 top branded fashion stores such as JD Sports and eateries serving both local and international fares.

    Through an aerial view, the retail stores are said to make the shape of a horseshoe. Due to its outdoor design with minimal roofing however, Glasgow Fort is ideally visited only on non-rainy days.

    Location: Junction 10, M8, Glasgow G34 9DL, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 771 7777


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    intu Braehead

    Experience the joys of shopping and entertainment in one

    • Families
    • Shoppers

    intu Braehead is a shopping mall on King’s Inch Road, offering over 100 stores, including big-name brands for fashion, toys, and other accessories. For adrenaline seekers, the mall prides itself in housing leisure establishments such as a laser tag station, a rock-climbing center with the tallest indoor slide in the UK, a trampoline park and indoor skiing arena, just to name a few.

    Between 10 am to 11 pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month, intu Braehead dims the lights and turns the music down in the mall in support of Autism Hour by The National Autistic Society, providing a more comfortable shopping experience for patrons.

    Location: King's Inch Rd, Renfrew G51 4BN, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6.30 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 885 1441


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    Hector Russell Kiltmakers

    Order your tartans from Glasgow’s oldest kiltmakers

    • Shoppers

    Hector Russell Kiltmakers was first established in 1881, making them the oldest kiltmakers in Glasgow today. They specialize in highland dress outfits in original Scottish fashion, along with contemporary styles for a modern-day touch. Prices are quite steep, but the quality of their tartan wear is well worth the cost.

    While kilts were traditionally worn only during formal events, highland dress outfits now also make their appearance during occasions such as weddings or even a weekend out. If you’re not interested to purchase a kilt, Hector Russell Kiltmakers also provides costume rentals so you can experience the heritage of kilt-wearing for a day.

    Location: 110 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2RN, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 221 0217


    Merchant Square

    Home to independent boutiques, bars, and restaurants

    • Shoppers

    Merchant Square is set just 5 minutes away from St. Enoch Square – unlike the bustling main street shopping establishments around the city centre, it is home to independent boutiques and galleries. Pop-up stalls also make their appearances at Merchant Square every weekend, selling homemade trinkets and crafts for tourists to take home.

    What makes Merchant Square even more unique is because it opens beyond regular retail times, with several stores closing only at 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays so you can shop to your hearts' content. Restaurants and bars are also popular here at Merchant Square, so be sure to stop and refuel before continuing your shopping spree in Glasgow.

    Location: 71 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1NY, UK

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 8.30 am to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 8.30 am to 3 am

    Phone: +44 (0)141 552 3038


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    Glickman’s Confectionery

    Visit Glasgow’s sweetest establishment

    • Shoppers
    • History

    Glickman’s Confectionery was established in 1903 by London Road and is Glasgow’s oldest candies store. They are best known for their macaroon cakes and Soor plooms, a sweet and tangy hard candy usually sold in paper bags. Today, this family-run confectionery still makes their candies using traditional copper pots and original recipes, adding in new flavors to adapt to modern tastes.

    Despite being set in a small shop, the staff still prepares their candies on site so if you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of how their candies are made. Glickman's Confectionery accepts bulk orders and conducts tours by appointment.

    Location: 157 London Rd, Glasgow G1 5BX, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)141 552 0880


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    Elie Lam | Contributing Writer

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