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Ingram Street, Glasgow

This artery, running from Royal Exchange Square right through the Merchant City, is lined by elegant blonde sandstone buildings and innumerable architectural wonders - not least the ravishing former banking hall that's now home to contemporary womenswear brand Jigsaw.

"There are more famous streets in the world, more famous streets in Glasgow even, but Ingram Street marries the old and the new in a way that makes it a glittering example of what a road should look like in the new global village. It’s confidently Glaswegian and instinctually international. In recent years, the street has become a meeting place of ornate style and fashion swagger, lifting itself out of a few decades of dowdiness to become Glasgow’s answer to the Boulevard Raspail."

Andrew O'Hagan, New York Times

Ingram Street morphed into the city's most exclusive fashion boulevard as luxury and niche brands clustered around Cruise, the store where Glaswegians have always found their high-fashion fix from the world's leading designers. Closeby to Cruise, you'll find stores dedicated to Italian jeans, Replay, and preppy casualwear, GANT. The American designer Ralph Lauren has his Scottish outpost here and you only have to pop along the street to find the city's Emporio Armani.

Those who appreciate outstanding design in sound and vision will love the boutiques dedicated to superstar brands Bang & Olufsen and Bose, alongside the beautiful bespoke kitchens of Harvey Jones. But if all this shopping has you close to dropping, the place you most need to know about is Tinderbox, which serves a strong cup of coffee.