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Glasgow tops travel guides lists of places to visit in 2021

In just one month, Glasgow has been named the best place for a UK city break and has appeared on two must-visit lists for its amazing food and shopping scenes. Check out why the experts and travellers are saying that Glasgow is the city to visit this year.

It's not surprising Glasgow receives these accolades with the restaurants, cocktail bars, music and art scene that come out of this punchy city.

Meryl Gilbert, Commercial Manager at SWG3

Glasgow named best UK city break destination in 2021

An aerial view of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvin Hall and Kelvingrove Park.An aerial view of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvin Hall and Kelvingrove Park.

Glasgow has claimed the number 1 spot in Condé Nast Traveller's '12 best UK city breaks to take in 2021' (May 2021). Glasgow placed ahead of the likes of Belfast, Manchester and Bristol in the list compiled by the editors of the globally-respected travel magazine. Glasgow’s wide-open outdoor spaces, architecture and nightlife were celebrated, as was the city's can-do attitude and ability to flourish. Read the Condé Nast Traveller article on where to visit in the UK to discover the best of history, food and culture.

Glasgow rated top of the shops

At Princes Square we strive to offer the very best in shopping and restaurant experience in Glasgow so it's great to hear we've been awarded these accolades by Which? and Condé Nast Traveller. Great news for the city!

Katie Moody, Head of Marketing at Princes Square

Two people walking arm in arm down Buchanan Street, Glasgow.Two people walking arm in arm down Buchanan Street.

Glasgow has been named 'best large city for shopping in the UK', by Which? readers (June 2021). Glasgow's fantastic high street offering in the city centre combined with the independent scene, particularly in the west end lanes, was highlighted. The UK's consumer champion Which? asked their members to rate destinations, with Glasgow 1 of only 3 cities to make it onto their large cities list. The city's food and drink scene was also cited as a huge draw for people looking to grab a bite to eat once they are all shopped out. Read more at

It really is a top destination for a city break encompassing world class shopping and dining.

Lauren Hardie, Business Development Manager Scotland at Dakota Hotels

Glasgow makes the list of best-rated foodie destinations

A sunny day on Ashton Lane with people dining on outdoor tables. A sunny day on Ashton Lane with people dining on outdoor tables.

It's no surprise to me that Glasgow is considered one of the top 5 food and drink cities in the UK, with so many incredible food and drink producers across the city.

Derek Marshall, Chef-patron at Gamba

Glasgow has been named one of the 'top 5 cities for food and drink in the UK' (May 2021). Which? members rated the best places in the UK for a culinary trip with Glasgow placing third, ahead of Brighton and Leeds. The accolade describes Glasgow's food scene as "cool and unpretentious... vibrant but inexpensive". Ashton Lane is singled out as a great spot for charming restaurants, while Finnieston is mentioned for its inventive dining options. Visit to view the top five foodie destinations for a UK staycation.

From Scottish seafood at Gamba to island gin at The Park Bar or the selection of Scottish and European cheese at IJ Mellis, Glasgow has it covered.

Gillian Morrison, Founder at The Glasgow Food and Drink Tour


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Article last updated: July 2021