Shopping in Glasgow
Shopping in Glasgow has always been fun, with a massive selection of shopping areas in and around the city centre. Most of the major shopping centres are located near Buchanan Street in the city centre. So, if you're on a budget or looking for that extra special gift, you know Glasgow city centre shops cater for everything.
Situated in the heart of the city with its multi-storey car park, it is a stylish shopping centre containing 80 high street shops, including the John Lewis department store and the familiar names from fashion, such as Mango, Next, Wallis, Gap, and Envy. Household names like Boots are also present alongside many gift and electrical outlets; look out for the independent market stalls within the mall, and a food court on the top floor will keep your energy levels up. Leaving Buchanan Galleries and walking south down the bustling pedestrianised Buchannan Street, you will pass the large and airy Apple Store with regular demonstrations of their electrical gadgets and even surprise live music events. On the street, the music continues from the many buskers and entertainers that gather here, leading you down to the entrance to the grand Princes Arcade on the left-hand side.
A Beautiful and elegant shopping space, the Art Nouveau glass roof and stylish lighting mean every surface sparkles, from the glass elevator to the diamond rings. Shops are exclusive designer boutiques, with little chance of picking a cheap bargain; the emphasis is on luxury, and the atmosphere of the bars and restaurants matches the setting. Some examples of the shops here are Ted Baker, Vivienne Westwood, Crabtree & Evelyn, Dower & Hall, and Illuminati, to name but a few.
The Argyll Arcade was built in 1827, making it one of Europe's oldest covered shopping arcades. It is a covered street which has over 30 individual shops providing a huge selection of jewellery. John Baird takes the credit for its ornate iron-framed hammer-beam roof, which is as pleasing to the eye as the glittering contents of the shop window displays. The L-shaped arcade houses an array of local jewellery designers' and antique jewellers' shops. These are not cheap options, but prestige and luxury never are.
St. Enoch Centre
The St Enoch centre is capped with an impressive glass pyramid and is connected to its multi-storey car park. The centre accommodates cheap shopping options such as Quiz, mid-range shops and increasingly designer outlets like Harvey Nichols; also, the kids and adults will love the Hamleys toy store where you can take your shoes and socks off and make real sandcastles! Stock up on calories at the food court with seating for 850 people; you can select from a wide range of restaurants such as Nando's or Di Maggios.
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