Relics: An unusual Victorian lane..
In Glasgow's west end off Byres Road, Ruthven Lane and parallel Dowanside Lane compete with their attractions to entice the attention of the casual passer-by, these old narrow Victorian cobbled streets are home to many unusual businesses and shops, for example, you might think the Hanoi Bike shop would be a bicycle sales and repairs shop, but on closer inspection it reveals itself as an upmarket cafe and wine bar, popular with students from the nearby university, and there are lots more surprises along both lanes.
When out and about shopping in this locality I usually drop in to my favourite shop for eccentric browsers (I qualify) "Relics" is an "Aladdin's Cave" where all sorts of antiques, books and curiosities can be discovered, there are just too many to accurately list. There is a relaxed atmosphere and no sales pressure, casual browsers are welcome and the owner's big friendly tomcat perched on the counter purrs and climbs over the clutter to affectionately greet customers.
The shop seems popular with foreign tourists all year round, especially Americans looking for antique treasures to buy and ship home. Customer's items can be valued and purchased, I had not been aware of this service on previous visits, so now it's time for an attic clearout, who knows what valuable junk might be lurking and gathering dust!Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Aye-Aye Books: Art and Literature
From the CCA website:
"Aye-Aye Books has all you need to keep up to date with current developments in art, and much more. Books from independent publishers around the world sit alongside an unrivalled selection of publications by and about today’s Scottish artists, limited edition artists’ books, cultural and critical theory, fiction and poetry, magazines and journals, radical books, sound art, music, and world cinema DVDs.
Open Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm
Located in the CCA foyer, Aye-Aye Books is Glasgow’s only specialist contemporary art bookshop."
Argyll Arcade: Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend...
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.
Bradfords: Traditional Bakers since 1924
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!!Related to:
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- Food and Dining
Monorail: The best record shop in Glasgow
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 priceRelated to:
Princes Square: If you're into clothing
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.Related to:
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Clydebank Shops and Mall: Drumchapel Shopping
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..Related to:
- Family Travel
The largest Department Store in the U.K: MARKS & SPENCER
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!.
Walk around for a day
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
The Celtic Collection: Henrik Larsson, King of Kings
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!
Missing: Something's missing - here you may find it
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.Related to:
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Braehead Shopping Centre: ALL UNDER ONE ROOF
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.
Black Market , il Mercato Negra,,,,,,: The Barras............Barrowland Market Place...
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................Related to:
- Historical Travel
Borders Bookstore Cafe: Books and Coffee
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.
Drooko: The Art of Giving
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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