Pictured clockwise from top left: Princess Square Glasglow, Armadillo Conference Centre, Glasgow Square and Glasgow city centre.
Glasgow’s vibrant arts and fashion scene was celebrated at the 7th Annual Scottish Fashion Awards which took place recently at the Clyde Auditorium. As part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, supermodels, celebrities and stars from stage and screen were in attendance at the event which was hosted by British style icon Alexa Chung.
Glasgow girls love to dress up, like their glamour and can dress flamboyantly so it’s easy to see why Glasgow is Scotland’s Fashion capital and is consistently voted the top place to shop in the UK outside of London.
According to one of our readers, Carol Irwin, the key is to shop in Buchanan St, do coffee and lunch in Princes Square and eat and drink in Merchant City and West End.
Here are our top picks for shopping, eating, drinking and sleeping in Glasgow:
The style mile
Glasgow’s style mile is a square mile of shopping, eateries and late night haunts right in the centre of Glasgow. From unique designer stores to high street favourites, the Style Mile is a shopper’s paradise. For a sophisticated shopping experience, check out Princes Square, a beautiful and up-market shopping mall located on Buchanan Street.
If you like to plan your shopping trip with military precision, shoppers can download the free ‘style mile app’ from iTunes which has special offers, what’s on listings and real time information from the retailers themselves.
For lovers of all things retro, Glasgow is home to an impressive array of vintage boutiques and Byres Road in the West End is full of great vintage and charity shops.
Circavintage, 37 Ruthven Lane, +44 (0)141 334 6660 has the most amazing accessories including Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
Vintage Guru, 195 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TN, +44 (0)141 339 4750. Vintage Guru is a new kid on Glasgow’s vintage store block. Packed with fabulous retro gear for both girls and guys at very reasonable prices.
Starry Starry Night, 19 Dowanside Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BZ (head down Ruthven Lane, just off Byres Road, opposite Hillhead subway station) +44 (0)141 337 1837
From an authentic NYPD jacket to a a thirties ball gown, Starry Starry Night plays host to a huge amount of antique costume jewellery and bags.
Watermelon 603 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HX +44 (0)141 334 3900
Almost everything in the small, crammed outlet on Great Western Road is instantly wearable, from a fine range of leather jackets, to hats, scarves and more flamboyant pieces such as sparkly 40s-style dresses. Prices are very reasonable too!
Designer shops & unique shops in Glasgow
If you want to splash the cash and treat yourself to some high end designer goodies or simply a one-of-a-kind item, below are some of the best places to shop in Glasgow.
The Nancy Smillie Shop, 53 Cresswell Street, Glasgow, G12 8AE +44 (0)141 334 4240
The Nancy Smillie Shop and gallery is the place to go if you’re after individual or hand-crafted items. It’s an Aladdin’s cave packed full of furniture sourced from all over the world, at unbeatable prices, stylish French lighting, and accessories including fur and velvet cushions and throws, stunning lamps and gorgeous handmade glassware.
Felix and Oscar, 459 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH, +44 (0)141 339 8585
Trading successfully for more than 10 years, Felix and Oscar have built up a huge range of fantastic designer bags, watches and gifts to keep you on trend, looking good and smelling gorgeous!
Brazen handmade designer jewellery by Sarah Raffel, 58 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1LH, +44 (0)141 552 4551. Creative Director and Founder, Sarah Raffel, established Brazen Studios with the sole intention of investing in the finest creative talent, making only the most desirable and striking works.
Mulberry, 204-207 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DQ (also at House of Fraser, Buchanan Street) +44 (0)141 248 6456. Mulberry is a world famous British brand encompassing clothing, homeware, lifestyle items and travel goods. We need say no more!
Cruise, 180–188 Ingram Street, Glasgow, +44 (0)141 229 4030. This is like My-Wardrobe but an actual shop where you can try on all the luxury brands like Lanvin and premium denim such as Victoria Beckham jeans.
Eat, Drink and be merry
After a hard days shopping, here are some great places to relax and unwind.
Stravaigin: For a plush dining experience from an awarded Bib Gourmand rated restaurant, look no further than Stravaigin, Gibson Street, Kelvinbridge, +44 (0)141 334 2665. From a fish supper, to Thai mussels, to pheasant breast, there is always an exciting variety of flavours on offer.
Rogano’s: Still has its original name and art deco decor from when it opened in 1935. Was frequented by movie stars of the era and still retains that old Hollywood glamour today. Welcoming atmosphere and fine dining at its classiest. Recommended by WSW reader, Ryan Beauty & Grooming.
The Wee Curry Shop: Indian food is massively popular in Glasgow. For a memorable curry, try The Wee Curry Shop, 29 Ashton Lane Glasgow, +44 (0)141 357 5280.
Jamie’s Italian, a Jamie Oliver restaurant, is also housed in the beautiful former post office building on George Square, +44 (0)141 404 2690.
The Blue Dog is a young and funky piano bar (the atmosphere is fantastic). THE hangout of the creative types in Glasgow City! Recommended by WSW reader, Ryan Beauty & Grooming.
Fifi & Ally, Princes Square, 48 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, +44 (0)141 229 0386. This is the ideal dining, drinking and socialising venue and has the most AMAZING cakes and brownies to go with your cup of coffee!
Trans Europe Cafe, 25, Parnie Street, transeuropecafe.co.uk is decorated with maps, postcards and old bus seats.
Hotels in Glasgow
WhatSheWears stayed at the Malmaison Glasgow, a once Episcopal Church converted into a stylish hotel with a bumper breakfast to set you up for the day.
Blythswood Square Hotel is also a hip hotel on Blythswood Square and the afternoon tea here is a real treat.
Hotel Du Vin, as featured in Patricia Schultz’s 1000 Places to see Before You Die – has a great Scottish whisky selection. Meet your friends here for one to start a night out, after all when in Rome…
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