Glasgow really is a fabulous place to shop whether your looking a full new outfit, a gift for someone or a sexy pair of shoes (my favourite) you will definetly find it! I am a massive fan of the shops in Glasgow and find that the main streets (Buchanan St, Argyll St and Sauchiehall St) are easy to navigate.
In this review I am going to concentrate of the shops you should visit on Buchanan Street & Buchanan Galleries. Please remember I am 21 and my taste may not suit all!
At the top of buchanan street you a shopping mall - Buchanan Galleries. This contains tons of shops and is possibly the best place to be when its raining :D Some of my favourites are:
- H&M situated at the entrance of buchanan galleries - although this is a fairly new big store it is not my favourite H&M (and I am a BIG fan of H&M!) and can be a bit cluttered. I would not say it was suitable if u have a pram or buggy, it sometimes resembles a junk store and to be honest the layout of it is quite awful and can make shopping a headache so skip it and head to.....
- Miss Selfridge right next door! Fantastic shop, brilliantly laid out. Perfect for party dresses or going out clothes, some of their more casual clothes can be a little overpriced. Usually have pretty good sales, and their jewellery is pretty cute. Also you can get student discount if you are lucky enough to hold a student card
- John Lewis - a pretty helpful store to have around if you need a gift for mum, dad, gran, papa etc. Sells everything from perfume to bags to clothes to suits etc etc. Also short cut to buchanan bus station, handy! :D
- Accessorize - can sometimes be a little overpriced but still fab. Sequins galore!! Perfect for a key peice in any outfit. Its a tiny little store but well worth a wee visit
- The Disney Store - A brand new store, pretty big, massive selection of disney toys and other merchandise. Perfect for a gift for ANYONE!
- Boots - A GIGANTIC BOOTS STORE, situated at the end of the first floor next to the escalators. Loads of makeup and perfume counters so you will never wait long to get served.
-Another H&M right up the stairs - this time a much better nicer laid out store, contains items for older people rather than the young indie loving fashion followers. The accessories in this h&m are probably better as well, as are the bags. And no neon colours in sight! Nice one!
- An escalator in H&M will take you to baby/kids h&m, I could spend all day in here it really is a fab big store with plenty of variety for babies and kids. And just outside this shop is a foodcourt :D have a break!
Then all the way back down 3 sets of escalators and you have....
- Massive Zavvi store, plenty of bargains to be had, over 3 floors and has a costa coffee on the 3rd floor. Student Discount card available.
- Next door TopShop (another one of my favourites). Also over 3 floors - first floor has womans clothes, downstairs has menswear and upstairs has more womans clothes and shoes and undies and jewellery and bags - its a good floor to be on! Sale time is the best - alot of their earrings and other little jewels go on sale for £1 so stock up! Student discount (10% off) available!
- Urban Outfitters - one of very few in the UK. A brilliant store. Ground floor has little nic nacs for your house and little novelty gifts can be a bit pricey. Upstairs clothes, small selection of shoes and a gigantic selection of accessories. In my opinion the best place to get some unusual accessories. Can be a bit pricey but you are definetly paying for something a little bit quirky so as a little treat its fine :D. Also very recently they have introduced student discount :D
- New Look - a massive flagship store, relatively new. Will take a while for you to go round but as it is one of the UK's favourite take your time!! Plenty of bargains to be had usually. Massive selection of clothes, and accessories on ground floor as well as a few tills so you won't be queing for long! Escalator downstairs takes you to the kids section and a massive shoe section! Ideal! Plenty of shoes to choose from and usually some little bargains to be had! Student discount (10% off) available as well!
- Im going to finish on Lush, a favourite store of many! This little lush store is wonderful. Very friendly staff, tons of gift sets, over 2 floors so plenty of space to look about and 2 sets of tills so you won't queue long!
I usually go for the train after lush! Further on though ther eis Office, All Saints, Dorothy Perkins (This can also be found towards sauchiehall street next to the Zavvi described earlier), Footlocker and Frasers.
The birds were singing, the sky was a cloudless periwinkle blue and all was well in old Glasgow town. After all the dire happenings and the subsequent bellicose dialogue about rapid and long-drawn-out repercussions broadcast earlier in the week, myself and my other half were having one our regular wonders around our “Dear Green Place” when we spotted a banner strung across one of Glasgow’s main thoroughfares, Buchanan Street. Blowing about in a summer-like breeze, it read, “ Princes Square Fashion day.” “Princes Square takes to the Street to showcase this year's Autumn/Winter Fashion Collections” "Well, what do you know" I thought, "Glasgow’s own fashion week." (so –it’s only a day - not a week – but the thought’s there ;-) The details were hastily written down (well - I can’t miss out on a possible dooyoo now can I?). What follows are just some of those details, those which I was lucky enough to gleam from said banner and from leaflets, which were thoughtfully placed on every table in the food-court - where auldmac and myself just happened to find ourselves shortly after our initial encounter with the banner. What all the prominent promotion amounts to is that Glasgow’s version of ‘The Square’ is moving out to ‘the street’ as it were, not so much to take it over but to more to brighten and enliven what is already one of Glasgow best shopping streets. (where do I get them? I mean – there is absolutely no comparison between our oh-so-beautiful Princes Square, or for that matter our ‘new and improved’ Buchanan Street and the aforementioned Soaps – I’m ‘away with the fairies’ so I am. ;-) I digress. The fashion shows are on in the street at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 22n
d September 2001 and the fashions on show will be from such ‘names’ as Phase Eight, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Oasis, Morgan, Reiss, French Connection, Wolford, Monsoon, Hugo, Whistles, Moda in Pelle. The main ‘in-house’ jeweller, the Ringmaker, will be staging a “fashion feature”, and those amazing people Space NK will be laying on all the make-up. (was that a pun in there? – you just bet it was !-) I don’t know if any of you reading this will remember when I put my 'picky' up on my profile - but if you do you will know that I am ‘folliclally challenged’ – that is - every day is a ‘bad-hair-day’ for Glasgow Girl. I’m raving on about this as, out of the many things I really want to see at the fashion shows, the hair styles probably top my list –that’s because the hair is being ‘done’ by the wonderfully tallented people from the Vidal Sassoon salon within Princes Square. I always enjoy window-shopping in Princes Square as those windows are always full of the most exquisite (but totally unaffordable) clothes. The news of a fashion show always sparks my interest as their ‘show-business’ aspects fascinate me, along with being able to look ‘close-up’ at beautiful clothes and such. In this instance, not only are the Princes Square outlets showing off their finest fashions, joining them on the catwalk are clothes from other outlets 'outside' in Buchanan Street itself - such as Olsen, USC, Jigsaw and Tiso's. I’m really looking forward to this particular fashion show especially as it is on my ‘home turf’ as it were but whether or not auldmac and myself will be able to take advantage of the “Special discounts“ that will be available on the day is another thing altogether. I hope I’ve not left su
bmitting this opinion till it's too late and that some of our fellow dooyooers will be there too. If you do manage along and you see an aging couple – probably looking more-than-a-little- out-of-place and one of whom is wearing the ‘high-fashion’ item that is *a dooyoo t-shirt* - say hello. GG
This is the first place I go when I'm looking for cut price, good quality clothes. We're lucky enough to have 2 stores in the centre of Glasgow. This store has a great variety of clothes, shoes, handbags/rucksacks, suitcases, toiletries and household goods at a fraction of the price you would normally pay. A lot of the stuff is what is termed as 'last season' which basically means that the big fashion shops will no longer stock it. As a lot of the goods are last year's styles they only have what's on show, which can be disappointing if you see something you like and it's not available in your size. If you're into designer gear in a big way, but don't have the money to splash out on it, then this is the best place to shop in. Personally, I don't care whether the clothes are designer or not as I'm just interested in getting bargains. I always make for the racks which have the red sign above them indicating that the items are marked down even further than usual. I have managed to get trousers for as little as £0.75, t-shirts for a pound a piece, and a few swimming costumes for a couple of quid. My husband got a Calvin Kline, long-sleeve t-shirt for £1 recently. A few weeks ago I managed to pick up a DKNY body warmer in luminous yellow (I wear it cycling to my work)for £12! Another great bargain I got recently was a trolley suitcase reduced from £80 to £40. I'm a big fan of their underwear department and have managed to pick up lots of tights, bras and nightwear at exceptional prices. They will also reserve items for a couple of days for a small deposit. I have just one word of warning: If you see something you like buy it immediately because it will either not be there when you go back at a later date or you will spend hours trying to find it again. It's not the most organised of stores but as it's always very busy that's understandable.
Glasgow is a great place to Live,Shop,Club Glasgow's a very lovely place to live in with some great star rated hotels like for example,The Hilton Hotel,The Loinel Hotel and many many more. Glasgow has a very wide variety of shops places to go are Buchanan Galleries,Sauchiehall Street&Argyle Street what ever your taste in clothes Glasgow Town will have them from Gothic to Classy. Glasgow is a Clubbers Town especially at weekends.Some clubs are- Bonkers,Destiny,the Garage(over 18's) But don't worry Unders the main clubs here are Planet Peach & The Archaos opened to under 18's every Saturday. There's many great attraction's here in Glasgow like say The Art Gallaries,People's Palace,Museum of Transport And The New Cinema which will be opening soon called the .......soz don't know but it's next to Buchanan Bus Station. People here are very friendly and you can also get a tour bus showing you around the Town fasinations. Well why take my word come and Visit it for yourself and see.
Glasgow truly is a great place to shop. For every taste and budget there is somewhere perfectly suited. On the upper end of things, Princes Square provides a range of upper High Street retailers - Karen Millen, Press and Bastyn, Calvin Klein and Whistles. It is situated on Buchanan Street in the heart of the city and in the same area is Jigsaw, House of Fraser, Office, Kookai, Boss and monsoon to name but a few. Within Princes Square there are a number of restuarants and cafe bars with fantastic menus and a relaxed atmosphere for the non-shoppers. Unique shops which Glasgow boasts would be Cruise on Ingram street which features designers from Prada and Gucci to DKNY and Burberry. Is is extensive and expensive but the Sale times are great and it sits alongside the Versace and Armani stores. Worth a look if your after a treat. Further out from the centre of Glasgow there are two shops I wouls mention particularly - Moon a gorgeous boutique right opposite Hillhead underground in the Westend, and MAXII in Giffnock (about 7 miles outside town). Argyle street has all the usual chain stroes etc but is worth a wander if you are a dedicated shopper. Definitely preferable to the out of town centres such as Braehead as it is on the road twards the famous Glasgow Barras and provides a much better idea about Glasgow as a city. All depends what you like really. Worth mentioning also, is the Buchanan Galleries which have all the usual shops and a totally magnificent habitat. Who can resist ????