Sauchiehall Street is a vibrant little part of Glasgow and a must visit for anyone coming to the city - here's our top picks of what to see and do on and around Sauchiehall Street.
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Voted as the finest building designed by a British architect in the last 175-years, you'll find The Glasgow School of Art located just off Sauchiehall Street. While you're there, head off one of their award winning guides to learn more about Mackintosh and his influence on the city and enjoy a bite to eat in the Vic Café & Bar, which serves handmade pizza and burgers, in addition to an extensive contemporary menu that’s both eclectic and affordable.
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Two icons of Sauchiehall Street have joined forces, with the beautifully detailed Willow Tearooms relocating to a new home within Watt Brothers. The Willow team have transformed the 100 year old third floor interiors of Watt Brothers back to their original grandeur. Be sure to try their afternoon tea! Meanwhile the remaining five floors of Watt Brothers - this city department store has been trading since before the First World War - remain as an Aladdin's cave of well known brands at heavily discounted prices!
Just a short walk from Sauchiehall Street is The Tenement House, an original 19th-century tenement flat which has been preserved perfectly. Take a step off the busy streets to take a glimpse of life in Glasgow in the early 20th century!
Having opened in 1991, Nice 'n' Sleazy is a much loved institution on Sauchiehall Street that features a wide variety of DJs and gig nights, catering to an indie and hipster crowd. The bar is home to a jukebox, which legendary DJ John Peel described as "the best in the world" and is also a favourite hangout of famous local musicians, such as members of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand. Furthermore, the upstairs bar serves Mexican, Central and South American food by The Squid & Whale.
The Royal Highland Fusiliers were formed in 1959 by the amalgamation of two of the British Army’s most distinguished Regiments (The Royal Scots Fusiliers, 21st of Foot and The Highland Light Infantry 71st/74th of Foot). The following year in 1960, the Royal Highland Fusiliers gained their own headquarters at 518 Sauchiehall Street, which also contains a museum showcasing the regiments' history, challenges and glories.
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The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is Glasgow's hub for creative activity, having played a key role in the cultural life of the city for decades. Check out their year-round programme of exhibitions, film, music, literature, and hang out in the lively Saramago Cafe for a bite to eat.
Singl-end is a café and bakehouse, tucked away on Renfrew Street, a stone’s throw from Sauchiehall Street. As soon as you open its door you are delightfully met with an array of cakes and breads. The team at Singl-end love to make really tasty and beautiful food, using authentic, seasonal, fresh ingredients while preparing everything from scratch.
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An oasis of film lovers, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) is Scotland’s most diverse and best publicly attended independent cinema. Located on Rose Street just beside Sauchiehall Street, the beautiful art-deco cinema screens independent films, experimental work, thematic seasons and more all year round. It is also home to the annual Glasgow Film Festival - one of the UK's top three film festivals.
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Scotland's first purpose built Synagogue is based just beside Sauchiehall Street in a Grade A listed building of significant architectural splendour. Built in the period between 1879-81, Garnethill Synagogue has been described as the finest example of high Victorian synagogue architecture north of Liverpool; is included within the top ten of historic synagogues in the UK by Jewish Heritage UK, and also features as a Glasgow City Council listed heritage building, described as the ‘Mother Synagogue of Glasgow'.
The Garage is an iconic club and gig venue on Sauchiehall Street. Having played host to massive names such as Prince, One Direction and Fall Out Boy over the years, keep an eye on more big events coming to The Garage!
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Japanese food is not only about sushi... Nanakusa use the freshest local produce and specially sourced Japanese ingredients to create delicious and authentic Japanese food. Choose from a wide range of noodle and rice dishes, soup bowls, sushi, yakitori and Yaki BBQ grill. And don't be afraid to ask the knowledgeable staff for recommendations!