Argyll Arcade is, what can only be described as, a passageway full of jewellery which will make any eyes open wide! There are some fabulous little boutique shops full of all types of jewellery to suit all budgets. Even if you are not after buying anything, it is more than worth a browse, as you will not be disappointed!!
What to buy: Any type of jewellery you could be looking for!
What to pay: Average to well above average.
Walking down Sauchiehall Street, I was attracted by this shops window display of pastries, breads, pies and cakes.
My eye was especially drawn to these Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (haggis, turnip and potato) pies. (75p each, 2 for £1.30)
I decided to have 4 of these, which were packaged in a cake box. There was one lone pasty sitting in the display cabinet, with a label -Glasgow bridie!(£1.50). It looked similar to a Cornish Pastie. I asked what a bridie was, and was told it contained mince meat and onion. Apparently this pasty originated in Forfar.
I was travelling home later that day, so intended freezing these at home and savouring them later.
I was instructed to bake the haggis pies in an oven at around 160 degrees for around 20 minutes.
Haggis, neeps and Tatties are traditionally eaten on Burns Night (25th January), as my visit was on 19th January, it might be that these are just produced at this time of year, a pity if so-They were quite delicious!
I baked the bridie for the same time at 180 degrees-this was quite tasty too-a lump of seasoned minced beef and onion, encased in pastry.
to be continued..
What to buy: Traditional pies, pastries, muffins, oat cakes etc
What to pay: From less than 50 pence to as much as your bank manager/dietician will allow!!
Situated inside cafe Mono, this is the best record shop you can find in Glasgow. With a choice of Lps and Cds, ranging from electronica to psychedelic via dark folk and black metal. You'll find your pick (if not, you can order).
Monorail also organise a monthly film club at the GFT and you can buy tickets for more or less underground concerts.
What to buy: I go there to find dark folk music. They are always well stocked in releases by Current 93, Coil, and more generally the Durtro label.
What to pay: Good music comes at a price
This place seemed to have a lot of trendy shops that catered to fashion lovers. I didn't bother with any of them but my friend took me here to see it. It's located on Canon Street and it's hard to see. Look for the sign that says "Princes Square". It'll be along the main street. Very classy looking joint I gotta say.
What to buy: Louis Vutton seems to be in a lot of shops in Glasgow. If that's your bag, go for it.
What to pay: I'm assuming a lot. I didn't bother shopping here.
A collection of shops and department stores and vendors in a covered area. Nice and clean with a wide selection of items from Scotland, all types of price ranges. Safe, with some good little food shops to grab a bite to eat. Can get everything you need here.
What to buy: Get something related to the Glasgow Rangers or Celtic football clubs. The city is insane when it comes to footbal..
What to pay: However much you want, remember those Scottish Pounds can cost a lot when you consider the exchange rate..
Also in Glasgow you will find a few Marks & Spencer Department Store.Is the largest Departmens Stores in the U.K and you'll find them in almost all cities and medium size towns in the whole country.This one is located next to my hotel at sockwell street.And all of them have very good and reasonable prices!.
If you are gona stay in Glasgow for some day, do take one day to just shopping, walk around and you will fins street you just coud dreem of.. there is many shopping centers and befor you know it you are in one.
What to buy: What ever you want to take with you home :)
What to pay: not expencive at all.. not compare to Norway
Well, I suppose if you're a swede you can't go to Glasgow and NOT buy some kind of Celtic FC goods, right? There's a Celtic Supporter shop right on Sauchiehall Street, in the pedestrian area. I bought a Celtic FC Home ground Jersey for 20 Pounds. I didn't put any name of number on it though, but if I had done so it would of course had been "7 Larsson".
And for you guys supporting Glasgow Rangers there is also a Rangers shop on Sauchiehall street, further towards Buchanan Galleries.
What to buy: Celtic FC stuff!
A secondhand CD/DVD/video shop. Well sorted with new items several times a week. They also have a section for new CD's at very reasonale pricing.
What to buy: Well, those you can't find anywhere else or stuff you didn't know you missed, but sure could be worth a few punds.
What to pay: From about 1.50 and up to about 10.
This is a large shopping centre a few miles from the centre of Glasgow, near Hillington. Its full of all the usual High Street stores such as Next, M&S, Gap, Wh Smith, Sainsburies, Warner Brothers and countless others. Me and my friend spent far too much time wandering around here trying to do our Christmas shopping! There are quite a few shops there that we don't have down here in Ayrshire and, since there is heaps of parking and its really easy to get to, we like to go up there and make a day of it. There is a retail park across the road (Curries, Next Home, PC World, B&Q etc) and Ikea is about 5 mins away.
What to buy: Anything and everything - clothes, books, jewellery, cosmetics, electrical goods, food, CDs, gifts - you name it, you can get it here.
Beg , Borrow ,Buy ,or steal ,,,,,,,,,,are the favoured methods of bartering at " Ra Barras",,,, This place gives Black markets all over the Planet a run for there money,,,,,,,,anything you want , within the realms of near decency..............It's a pity the Glasgow District Council are terrified of Highlighting our Unique Heart of the Real Glasgow...........
What to buy: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ..............Theyr'e big , they're round , they're fifty pence a pound ( no kilos here ) ..........................unless you know a man who knows a man ............
What to pay: Your Tank................
The international chain Borders has a large four level branch in the main pedestrian shopping street. Great place to check out the huge Scottish guidebook section, not to mention books on Scotland not found easliy elsewhere. Nice place to take refuge from touring, have some coffee (even though it is the global monster Starbucks) - can meet people in cafe as it is an interesting cross-section of Glaswegians. Open till 11 PM on weekedays and thing till 10 on weekends, including Sunday.
If you're looking for presents to give to your family this is the right place to buy. It's a very nice shop that has a wide variety of items & goods.
What to buy: From local crafts to articles of traditional cloth & the best Scotch.
What to pay: There are very cheap shot glasses, crafts & other stuff.
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