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.
You'll also find its home to Merchant Square, which hosts a weekly craft fair running every Saturday from 11am - 6pm and every Sunday from 12-6pm.
Browse round 70 stalls and see the work of some of the finest artisans in Glasgow, with all products being handmade. Choose from art, photography, flowers, jewellery, cakes, gifts and accessories.