Glasgow has a reputation as the best shopping city in Scotland, and outwith London is reckoned to be the place to come for a great shopping experience. Below you will find a selection of the shops that offer something for everyone and which demonstrate exactly why that reputation is justified.
Buchanan Galleries - Glasgow's newest and friendliest shopping centre in the heart of the city. http://www.buchanangalleries.co.uk/
St Enoch Centre - The largest shopping centre in Scotland and Europe's largest glass structure http://www.st-enoch.co.uk/
Prince's Square - A uniquely elegant and entertaining shopping experience http://www.princessquare.co.uk/
Argyll Arcade - One of Britain's oldest covered shopping arcades, built in 1827 http://www.argyll-arcade.com/
The Italian Centre - World famous names - wonderful atmosphere - not to be missed. John Street/Ingram Street, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 552 6099.
Merchant Square Indoor Shopping - A new and very refreshing approach to shopping http://www.merchantsquareglasgow.com/
Sauchiehall Street Shopping Centre - Great brands and great choice in a prime city centre location. 177 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 332 0726
De Courcy's Antique Craft Arcade - A more offbeat shopping arcade, with an interesting mix of antique and craft shops, designer homeware boutiques and vintage record shops, together with cafes and bistros dotted around the city's cool West End. 5-21 Cresswell Lane, Glasgow.Tel: 0141 334 6673.
Victorian Village Antiques - Great for costume jewellery and memorabilia hunters and whether you are browsing or buying, collector or dealer a visit to the Victorian Village Antiques is a must. This arcade of individual shops has an interesting and impressive range of antiques for everyone. 93 West Regent Street, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 332 9808.
The Barras Market - A historic marketplace that's sure to surprise! An eclectic mix of covered and open stalls selling a huge range of goods from antique furniture to computer games. The Barras has gained an unenviable reputation for selling counterfeit videos, CDs and DVDs of dubious quality, often available there before anywhere else in Europe. Worth a visit if you're in the city over the weekend, but beware that it's definitely at the lower end of the Glasgow shopping experience in terms of quality of material services - but it does have great character and the ever-present opportunity for a genuine bargain. Gallowgate, Glasgow.Tel: 0141552 4601.
Savoy Shopping Centre - A wide choice of cut price bargains from a wide variety of independent retailers. Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 333 9507.