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Support Local: A Guide to Glasgow's Shopping Scene

Many of us have missed our weekend wander around the shops – whether it’s down the cobbled lanes in the west, browsing market stalls or enjoying the buzz of the city centre.  As the city reopens, our shopping experiences may be a little bit different, with strict safety measures and physical distancing, but it is also an opportunity for us to get back out and support the high street and our city’s amazing creators, makers and independent traders.

High Street Stores and Shopping Centres

Many of the city's high street favourites located on the stylish city centre streets are now open. Buchanan Street has the Apple Store for techie treats, AllSaints for high street fashion finds, Nike for sports gear and The White Company for beautiful home collections. Meanwhile, the elegant Ingram Street is where you'll find a number of designer stores, including classics Mulberry and Ralph Lauren, as well as high-end street style from End. The city centre shopping malls are also now open, offering undercover shopping and lots of dining options. Home to Hamleys, Disney Store, Schuh Kids and a popular food court, St. Enoch Centre is one of the best family-friendly shopping destinations around. Leading Buchanan Galleries is welcoming customers back to shop at over 80 top retailers, which range from favourites, John Lewis and BoConcept to brand new openings, Radley London, to independents, including the Scottish Design Exchange, where every penny spent goes directly to the product creators.

Fashion and dining destination Princes Square is open, welcoming visitors back to their array of shops, including Vivienne Westwood and Kate Spade New York. The stunning centre is also home to numerous dining options, as well as the boutique Everyman Cinema (open now), which screens blockbusters, independents and classics. Keep an eye on their social media channels for information on revised opening hours and safety measures in place.   

The historic Argyll Arcade is now open, with the likes of jewellery and watch specialists, Laings and ROX back to business. The family-run Laings, with over 179 years experience, is open on an appointment-only system, bookable online; whilst ROX is open for walk-in consultations, as well as personalised appointments via a new online booking system.

Glasgow Originals 

Each of Glasgow's neighbourhoods has its own distinct character and vibe which is reflected in the great independent stores and exclusive boutiques you’ll find there.  Many of the stores that are reopening have revised opening hours, physical distancing and health and safety measures in place to ensure the best possible shopping experience so be sure to check their social channels for details before you head out.

The fashion and gift boutique in the west of the city, Pink Poodle Boutique, and sister store Gallus Alice are both open now.  They have all sorts of pretty things, including homeware, accessories and quirky fashion. Fashion seekers should head to Ruby Woo Boutique, their west and Shawlands branches are now open Thurs-Sun. For fashionable menswear, W2 Store in Ruthven Lane is a one-off store stocking a great selection of stylish brands. Looking to head to the great outdoors now that travel restrictions have been lifted? Then head to Scottish family-run retailer, CCW on Byres Road for premium outdoor gear. 

Many of us will have missed shopping for birthdays and anniversaries during lockdown, so now is the time to visit the local gift shops to find a treat for a loved one, or just for you! Try Papyrus on Great Western Road for a great selection of gifts for all occasions, Shearer Candles on Byres Road for beautiful scented candles, wax melts and diffusers, Nancy Smillie for beautiful jewellery and ceramics, S&S Argento for gems from this independent family-run jeweller, Time and Tide for home goods for relaxed living from this Scottish store and Art Pistol, which stocks emerging Glasgow artists, alongside some of the world's most exciting artists - all now open.

Janet and John, Lovesome Emporium and Draw Art Store have all reopened in the quirky De Courcy’s Arcade in Cresswell Lane.

Some of the resident studios, shops and galleries on the quirky Hidden Lane in Finnieston are already back in business including eclectic lifestyle store Porteous and Co, open studio and giftware shop PipsylilShona Jewellery (by appointment only) and Spin Pottery. Head along to this hidden gem of a spot in Glasgow, where you can pick up one-of-a-kind items, sign up to classes and grab a spot of afternoon tea. Be sure to check with individual businesses directly for details.

Timorous Beasties, will give you some serious interior goals with their stunning collection of fabrics, wallpaper and soft furnishings. Now open, they will be limiting the number of people in the store at any one time or you are welcome to call ahead and book an appointment. 

The leafy, suburban south is a treasure trove of pretty gift stores with owners that are passionate about showcasing local and Scottish talent.   

Paper Plane stocks beautiful quality gifts and cards, and next-door neighbour, Butterfly Kisses stocks high-quality womenswear and baby and children's ranges too. On the same quirky street, Skirving Street, you will find Young's Interesting Books, a wee shop stocking a serious range of books.

The main streets in the south of the city, including Pollokshaws Road and Kilmarnock Road, have a great range of independents. Stephen O’Neil is a modern gallery and gift shop that focuses on his artwork, as well as unique gift items, whilst Libby Walker takes inspiration for homeware and art print designs from the urban landscapes of Glasgow and Edinburgh and is currently open Thurs-Sun. Also open include Hell Yeah, a tiny treasure trove championing independent design, Clever Clogs for shoe repairs and engravings, Boutique De Niños for baby and child wear on a revised opening schedule and the Wee Beer Shop for craft beers.

Also pleased to have reopened their doors are Sunshine No. 1, an art and gift shop where every item has been crafted in Scotland and stunning homeware store 28 Langside, who also have one day a week for private shopping appointments.  

Head a little off the beaten track in the city centre and you’ll find some one-off shops like Maia, for unique gifts, fashion and homeware. A1 Toys, independent toy specialist on Parnie Street is now open with reduced hours and distancing measures in place, as is their dedicated gaming store, Static Games, which is on the corner of Parnie and King Street.  On Sauchiehall Street is Welcome Home and Aye Aye Books, both based in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and offering creative retail finds - opening times can be found on the CCA's website.

Glasgow institution, Slaters has reopened its menswear store on Howard Street, with safety measures in place across their warehouses and in-store, as well as some great deals to welcome customers back, such as Levi Jeans for £59 and wedding 3-piece suits from £99.

Glasgow Markets

Outdoor markets have started to reopen across the city. The Barras Market, situated in the Gallowgate in the east of the city, has reopened with its amazing range of products at budget-friendly prices. A range of artists and creators set up each weekend for Art on the Exchange at Royal Exchange Square on selected weekends until mid September before breaking for autumn and returning at the end of November for the Christmas market season. Park Lane Market in the south is back on the first and last Sunday of every month, and is worth a visit, not only for the great range of local products on offer, but also to see their fabulous new mural.

Vintage and Pre-loved

Glasgow is famous for its vintage shopping and second-hand treasures troves.

The Glasgow Vintage Company, located in Kelvinbridge in the west of the city, has an extensive range of unique clothing from the 50s to the 90s for men, women and children. They have reopened but also have a reserve and collect service available. 

BAM Glasgow on Nithsdale Road has also opened its doors again for coffee and handpicked vintage finds - with a particular love of bold prints from the 60s and 70s. 

Glorious Clothing on Great Western Road has now reopened and has a big selection of second-hand clothing from all your favourite high street stores, with a variety of bags, shoes, scarves and jewellery, as well as a collection of vintage clothing.  

City Retro 41 vintage store can be found on King Street in the Merchant City and is now open. They have a fab variety of men and women’s vintage clothing on offer; from baseball sweaters to wedding dresses and so much more, including a range of accessories to suit all tastes.

Glasgow institution, Missing Records has been supplying second-hand music to musos for many years and is still going strong. Based on Argyle Street, Missing Records carries a huge selection of music and caters for film buffs too. They are open from 10am-5pm, daily. Newer to the record store scene is Some Great Reward on Victoria Road, where you can enjoy coffee and cake before browsing the extensive vinyl collection.

When out at the shops why not support a local bar, cafe or restaurant too. Check out our Dine out in Glasgow guide to find out which venues are now open and those participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. 

Article last updated: September 2020