If you’re dying to escape for the weekend and enjoy some much-deserved shopping, Glasgow, known as Scotland’s shopping capital, is the perfect destination. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll not only find it here but you’ll have fun looking for it. Glasgow offers some of the best shopping anywhere in Scotland and many great restaurants where you can relax, refuel, and shop again. Your next guilt-free shopping spree is just the thing you need to forget the drudgery of those long work weeks.
It would be a travesty if you didn’t make Buchanan Galleries your first stop on your shopping expedition. It is Glasgow’s newest shopping centre with more than ninety top-notch shops like Habitat, Jane Norman, John Lewis, Yankee Candles, Papyrus, Miss Bubblicious, The Whiskey Shop, and Supercuts. You may find yourself lost in shopping bliss for hours. Why not pick up a wonderful scented candle at Yankee Candles, grab a bottle of Whiskey at the Whiskey shop, get a new do at Supercuts, and top off your day with a cute new outfit at Miss Bubblicious? With all that, your weekend could turn out to be a whole lot more fun.
St. Enoch Centre
You checked out Buchanan Galleries but you still haven’t quenched your shopping thirst. So what is a person to do? You head over to the St. Enoch Centre, that’s what. It may not be the newest, but it is the largest shopping center in Glasgow and is also the largest glass structure in all of Europe. Even the food court is massive with seating for more than 850 people and plenty of food choices. With stores like Gap, Claire’s, Card Land, Optical Express, and Disney, it’s a great place to shop if you’re bringing the kids for a fun-filled excursion, or if you’re just a kid at heart. Maybe you need new hip eyeglasses, a great pair of jeans, or a new Winnie the Pooh. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here.
De Courcy’s Antique Craft Arcade
If large shopping centres aren’t your thing, or you’re on the hunt for some great antiques or vintage goods, De Courcy’s on Cresswell Lane has an eclectic array of fun things to discover. Immerse yourself in the scent of aromatherapy oils and Scottish soaps, or find a unique Japanese toy or second-hand CD or book. You can take in a cafe or bistro while there and enjoy a more laid-back shopping experience. Dive into this charming little area for finds you won’t come across in the big department stores. Even if you don’t buy anything, just rummaging through the second-hand stores can be enjoyable.
Savoy Shopping Centre
If you’re a true bargain hunter or you’re still waiting to win the next big lottery, the Savoy Shopping Centre is two levels of bargain-shopping fun. Here, independent retailers have set up shop with bargain prices for anything from clothing to paintings. On your first foray, don’t be put off by its shabby appearance. Yes, it’s not all polished and shiny like the big centres, and that’s its allure. Are you looking to get another tattoo? They’ve got that and leather shops too. Are you looking for something really gaudy in gold? They’ve got that. Are you looking for a pet? They’ve got that too. If you’re adventurous and not put off by the lack of superficial hype, you’ll love this place.
However you plan to spend your time shopping in Glasgow, there is something for everyone. Hit the big centres but don’t forget about the out-of-the-way gems too. You never know what you may find.