Are you getting excited about a day out in the city centre? The wait is nearly over for reconnecting with the places that you used to enjoy. From April 26, attractions, galleries, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops will be reopening.
Ahead of restrictions easing next week, we’ve been in touch with people who work in the city centre to discover what they have missed most about being in the heart of it all.
Katie Tennent – Tour Guide at City Sightseeing
Given that the city’s slogan is ‘People Make Glasgow’, it is maybe not surprising when I say that the thing I miss most about the city is the people. I really think Glasgow is at its best when there is a buzzing atmosphere with people meeting, chatting, shopping and eating together.
In my job, I'm very lucky that I get to meet so many people every day – visitors and locals alike. I love to hear about their interests and recommend places for them to visit. I really miss showing people all the amazing things that Glasgow has to offer and telling the city's many weird and wonderful stories. There is always something new to learn about Glasgow and places to discover.
Eating out at Mharsanta in the Merchant City is always a treat. I also never tire of visiting the many wonderful museums in Glasgow, and I could probably recommend a few I'll bet you didn’t know existed! And a shopping spree or two would not go amiss – I can’t wait to get back into the heart of the city.
Seumas MacInnes – Owner of Cafe Gandolfi
I can’t wait to reopen the doors of Cafe Gandolfi on April 26 at 8am for the first time since Christmas Eve. It will be a joy to welcome our wonderful customers (old friends and new, we hope).
I am also very much looking forward to welcoming back our wonderful Cafe Gandolfi team. We will be showcasing an exciting new menu with an accompanying new wine list.
And when I’m not on duty, I will relish the opportunity to meander through our beautiful Glasgow city centre streets to drop into the bar at Anchor Line for a refreshment or two, meet with my family at Paesano for my favourite number 7 pizza or head further uptown to Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery.
I wish all my great pals in this industry across Glasgow (and beyond) the very best. All will be well.
Caitlin Divers – Operations Manager at Mackintosh at the Willow
I can’t wait for Glasgow to reopen, one of my favourite things about the city centre is when the buskers are out on Sauchiehall and Buchanan Street.
When the team are back at Mackintosh at the Willow it’ll be so lovely to pop around the corner to Smile Cafe for a tasty lunch and sit outside with a work friend and take in the buzz of the city centre.
I think that’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to, the people. Not only seeing my team again but being able to welcome all the visitors we’ve missed so much back through our doors.
Samantha Rose and Soni Ahmed – Founders of Maia Gifts
We are super excited about Glasgow city centre safely returning to a new kind of normality after an incredibly tough year.
At Maia Gifts, we have used the time out to make some great improvements to our Bath Street store which is all ready for relaunch after four months of being closed. With lots of new products, we are so excited to welcome our amazing customers back in again. They have supported us brilliantly with online orders throughout the pandemic and we can’t thank them enough. We don’t know where we would be without them!
It’s so important that we continue to shop with our favourite independent stores and support them during these difficult times, ensuring that they remain in business and Glasgow can thrive once again.
We have missed so many of the great small businesses in the city. Our favourite food places like Saramago Cafe Bar in the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sarti and Ramen Ramen are reopening so we will definitely be visiting as soon as we can.
Nicola Morris - Leading Driver at First Bus, Scotstoun Depot
As a Glasgow bus driver, I cannot wait to see the city reopen because our people and our customers are the heartbeat of this city - their spirit and character are unmatched. It will be great to get that special ‘Glesga’ banter back on board our services as soon as people can move freely around the city.
Over the past year, we have been focusing on delivering essential services for everyone, especially our key workers through the height of the pandemic, and now hopefully we can get back to a busy and bustling city with our bus services connecting people with the city centre and their local communities.
Off duty, I have missed going shopping down Buchanan Street and going to my favourite restaurants such as Steak, Cattle & Roll with my friends and family. It will be such a relief for all of us to get back to some sort of normality after a tough year.