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As the epicentre of Glasgow's extraordinary mercantile wealth, this area housed tobacco lords and cotton kings. Two centuries later, the Merchant City has been brought back to life as a lively cultural quarter.

The streets and lanes closest to the Clyde are packed with studios, workshops and galleries . . . while thoroughfares closer to the Ingram Street artery have some of Glasgow's best loved bars and restaurants - including Babbity Bowster on Blackfriars Street which is famed for its wholesome fare and idiosyncratically Glaswegian atmosphere.

It's an area of arresting contrasts, from tiny shops in and around King Street selling comics, games and classic collectible models, to the famous thrift store Mr Ben.

Merchant Square

You'll also find its home to Merchant Square, which hosts a weekly craft fair each weekend. Browse around 70 stalls and see the work of some of the finest artisans in Glasgow, with handmade products ranging from art to flowers and from jewellery to gifts.

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Royal Exchange Square

And Merchant Square isn't the ony square worth a visit in this area. Grouped around the splendid neo-classical building that now houses the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Royal Exchange Square is one of the city's most gracious urban spaces.

Some of the hottest bars and restaurants are here - notably The Social, 29, One Up, Art Deco treasure Rogano and specialist Italian restaurant, Zizzi. Grouped around the splendid neo-classical building that now houses the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), 

But it's a style destination too, thanks to the presence of such names as Forty Clothing, Reiss and LK Bennett.

Ingram Street

A very elegant street running right through the Merchant City is Ingram Street. Lined by elegant blonde sandstone buildings, this street is where the exclusive brands of Armani, Ralph Lauren and Cruise make their home.

 

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    George Square Christmas Market

    George Square 25 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 Free Entry
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    Merchant Square Craft & Design Fair

    Merchant Square 2 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018 Free Entry
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    St Enoch Square Christmas Market

    St Enoch Square 9 Nov 2018 - 23 Dec 2018 Free entry
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    Cinderella

    SECC 12 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019 £16.00 to £28.50
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    Remember December

    Tron Theatre 30 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 £6.5 to £9
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    Travis

    The SSE Hydro 21 Dec 2018 £45 to £52
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    Celtic Connections

    Various venues: Glasgow 17 Jan 2019 - 3 Feb 2019 No ticket price information
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    Scottish Ballet: Cinderella

    Theatre Royal 4 Jan 2019 - 12 Jan 2019 £13.90 to £49.90
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    War Horse

    SECC 15 Jan 2019 - 2 Feb 2019 £12.5 to £61
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    Glasgow Girls

    King's Theatre 15 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019 £13 to £45
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    Dippy About the Dinosaur

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum 22 Jan 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
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    The National Whisky Festival

    SWG3 26 Jan 2019 £35 to £38.5
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    Glasgow Film Festival

    Various venues: Glasgow 20 Feb 2019 - 3 Mar 2019 Various
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    Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour 2019

    The SSE Hydro 1 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019 Various
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    The Bowie Experience

    King's Theatre 10 Feb 2019 £27.5
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    Celtic Connections Festival Club

    The Art School 18 Jan 2019 - 3 Feb 2019 £10
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    Professor Brian Cox

    The SSE Hydro 19 Feb 2019 £39.75 - £51.10
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 16 Feb 2019 £13 - £38
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