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Glasgow in General
Member Name: star500
Glasgow in General
Date: 27/08/00, updated on 15/10/00 (314 review reads)
Advantages: Good variety of shops, something to suit everyone
Disadvantages: Road rage in the City Centre!
Thankfully, I have moved back to Glasgow so I don’t have to cast my memory back to what it was like a few years ago. That would be pointless anyway because there have been so many changes to the city lately.
One of the most notable was the opening of the Buchanan Galleries situated on the corner of 2 main shopping areas Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. This boasts the likes of John Lewis, H&M, and a host of other well known high st shops. It also has the biggest Habitat in Glasgow, a range of eating places on the food court and a decent sized Sainsbury’s Central.
The opening of the Galleries has certainly livened up what used to be the "boring" end of Sauchiehall St as more and more shops are moving premises to catch the Galleries crowds. Recently, a new concept style Virgin Megastore opened beside it which is rumoured to be the largest one outside London (may or may not be true but it certainly is massive).
Buchanan St, as I’ve mentioned, hosts most of the designer shops such as Karen Millen, Diesel and is also home to Frasers Department Store. Also on the street is Princes Square, an upmarket shopping centre with the likes of French Connection, Space NK, Monsoon and independent designer shops.
If you are looking for jewellery, look no further than "Jewellers Heaven" aka the Argyle Arcade situated on Buchanan St / Argyle St where you will find many of Glasgow’s finest jewellers.
*Note: do not confuse this with the Argyle Market as this is an indoor market with lots of stalls selling everything f
rom Beanies to toilet cleaner, but very little jewellery!!!
Most of the other high st stores (River Island, Boots, etc) are situated in Sauchiehall St, Argyle St or sometimes both! Well worth a mention it TK Maxx in the Sauchiehall St Centre (and St. Enoch Centre) where you can get designer clothes at knock down prices.
Although Glasgow boasts a wide range of shops, the city centre itself is not that big. This means that everything is in walking distance - it takes about 15 - 20 mins to walk from Argyle St to Sauchiehall St via Buchanan St depending on the crowds.
However, if you decide to visit Glasgow to check out the shopping experience, I would recommend that you leave your car at home because lately, the City Centre is no longer car friendly. One way streets, extra traffic lights and bus lanes are making the city increasingly difficult to drive in and I won’t even mention trying to get a parking space.
If you know the city, it would be worthwhile parking outside of the centre and taking a bus in. Better still, get a train if you can because, with Central Station and Queen St Station both located in the City Centre, there are trains to a variety of stations in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Glasgow is a great shopping haven despite the city centre not being as large as you would imagine. It has a variety of eating places too (ranging from Chinese restaurants to McDonalds and Pizza Hut) so there is no excuse for being tired or hungry.
And don’t even get me started on the pubs.....