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The best shopping in UK outside of London

Edinburgh may be the Scottish capital but when it comes to shopping Glasgow takes the lead. Outside of London, Glasgow offers the best shopping experience in the UK. The streets are less crowded, many are pedestrianised or under one roof and the atmosphere is always buzzing. The city has its own dedicated Style Mile with over 200 stores. You will find a charming Victorian arcade, glistening shopping centres, a jewellery quarter, boutiques and vintage shopping, as well as the popular Merchant City and the Italian Centre. Here is the best of Glasgow’s retail offerings:

The Golden Z

There are three main shopping streets in the city centre: Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street. These are known as the Golden Z, due to their geographical shape. The first two are pedestrianised zones so you can carelessly float from one shop to the next. Here you will find fashion stores, shopping centres, department stores and arcades.

Sauchiehall Street has many recognisable high street names and a few hidden treats along the way. Nestled inside the buildings you will also find discount stores such as TK Maxx and Primark. Feeling peckish? Delve into Scottish culture and stop by Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, for an unforgettable afternoon tea.

Buchanan Street offers more upmarket stores and much-desired fashion brands such as Urban Outfitters, Zara, Coast, Topshop, Topman and Diesel Jeans to name a few. You will also find sporting and outdoor brands such as Nike and The North Face. For everything under one roof, visit House of Fraser department store. The street is also packed with your favourite cosmetic stores such as Molten Brown and Benefit. For shoes, you will find well-known stores including Camper, Hobbs and Dune to name a few.

Argyle Street is the final street that makes up the Golden Z. On offer here is a good selection of high street brands. The highlight is the St. Enoch Shopping Centre. Hamleys and the Disney Store will keep the kids entertained. If you have a sweet tooth then make sure you visit Hotel Chocolat, Thorntons and Scotts Confectionary. Debenhams department store, Ness, H&M, Topshop, Superdry and Xile Clothing will meet your fashion needs. This is just a glimpse of what is on offer here but whether you are shopping for electronics, jewellery, beauty, books and stationary, you will find it inside under one of Europe’s largest glass roofs.

Buchanan Galleries, Argyll Arcade and Princes Square

Other highlights in this area are Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre, Argyll Arcade and Princes Square. The shopping centre is home to John Lewis department store and over 80 other retail giants, as well as independent stores. If sparkling diamonds and glistening gold catch your eye, Argyll Arcade is a must. This Parisian style, historic arcade was built in 1827 and presents Scotland’s largest selection of jewellery.

Princes Square is another place of history. Built in 1841, this sandstone building houses four storeys of retail paradise with brand names such as Vivienne Westwood, Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker, French Connection and Reiss. Beauty names include Space NK, Crabtree & Evelyn and Arran Aromatics.

Merchant City

Merchant City is a cultural institution in Glasgow. Said to be the Scottish equivalent of London’s Covent Garden, the area blends old with new. It combines leisure, residential houses and shopping. It is decorated with sandstone buildings, high arches, statues and fine arcades. Merchant Square, part of Glasgow’s Old Fruit Market, is at the heart of the action and is a venue for eating, drinking and entertainment. This cultural hub has year round events so it is worth strolling by and seeing what is on.

The Italian Centre is located on Ingram Street and is where you will find the city’s designer and haute couture stores including Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Prada, surrounded by pavement cafés, perfect for a cup of coffee whilst you take in your surroundings.


For lovers of vintage and retro design, visit Brigitte and Mr Ben located in Merchant City. Specialising in selling second-hand clothing, you can pick up a retro cocktail dress or shirt to add to your wardrobe. The Glasgow Vintage Co. on Great Western Road also specialises in 1950s-80s vintage clothing for men, women and children.

Shopping centres

A short bus or underground ride from the city centre will put you amongst a number of shopping centres including The Forge, Glasgow Fort, Braehead and Silverburn. Each one houses a wide selection of high street names, independent boutiques and food courts.

The best of the rest

Glasgow is home to a number of universities and colleges and therefore has a young, vibrant student vibe to it. It is worth visiting the West End and Byres Road where you will discover boutiques, bargains and hidden gems. The Barras, in the East End, is Glasgow institution, combining street markets, indoor markets, shops and pubs.

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and this is reflected in the culture here. Across the city, you will find music venues and pubs with live music. The city still has a number of independent record stores such as LOVEmusic, Monorail and Ribadub Records, perfect for sourcing that special limited edition or unique import.

Opening hours

Generally, opening hours are between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, although shopping centres often stay open later. Many shops are open on Sundays too. Thursday is late night shopping and you can often shop until as late as 7-9pm. After Glasgow’s shops close, the city nightlife takes hold. Restaurants, pubs, wine bars and clubs may tempt you for a refreshment to toast a successful day of retail therapy.

The Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre is located in the heart of the city’s retail offerings, meaning you can take a break, or drop off your purchases before you head back out to shop further or explore the city’s attractions.