Glasgow is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London’s West End. The city’s ‘Style Mile’ is one square mile of some of the best high street shopping, flagship stores and designer favourites. Here's our round up of what you can expect to find.
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Royal Exchange Square, known for its Instagram worthy canopy of pretty lights, is also home to a small selection of boutique stores. Sweaty Betty and Lululemon up the ante in stylish fitness gear while Glasgow fashion brand Forty clothing have opened their flagship concept store.
While you are there, pop into the Gallery of Modern Art for a dose of culture or to pick up a Glasgow souvenir from the shop inside.
A stone's throw from here is Gordon Street where you will find Greaves Sports flagship store. Trading in the city since 1930, the store is famed for its vast selection of high end sports apparel. This is also where you'll find dog friendly store Cath Kidston, which stocks a gorgeous selection of gifts, accessories, clothes and homewares in their distinctive vintage-inspired designs.
Ingram Street in the historic Merchant City is lined with top designer stores and independent boutiques. Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Jigsaw and Emporio Armani are some of the classic brands you'll find.
For street style – think Kanye’s Yeezy sneakers - head to lifestyle store, END or 18 Montrose (just round the corner!) or to Cruise for the latest designs from the likes of Victoria Beckham or Lanvin.
Buchanan Street is the city’s main pedestrianised shopping area lined with all the big names you’d expect from the great British high street including the original House of Fraser department store – founded in Glasgow in 1849 – and the Argyll Arcade, one of Europe’s oldest covered shopping arcades now home to a stunning selection of over 30 jewellers and diamond merchants.
Other top names to line the street include Massimo Dutti, Hard Rock Café’s Rock Shop, Apple, AllSaints and Nike. The street is the link between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street, both offering their share of big brand names too.
Sitting proudly at the top of Buchanan Street is the gigantic Buchanan Galleries shopping mall. Home to over 80 big brand names including, John Lewis, the LEGO Store, Victoria's Secret and The Whisky Shop.
While the St Enoch Centre is located at the south end and is best for a family friendly shopping experience, being home Scotland's flagship Hamleys toy store and the Disney Store.
Princes Square speciality shopping mall is a stunning covered courtyard filled with independent boutiques and famous brands including Belstaff, COS, Shearer Candles and Vivienne Westwood. It is also home to a selection of great bars and restaurants, as well as to the only boutique cinema in Scotland run by the independent operator, Everyman Cinemas.
Over 200 stores, many exclusive to the Style Mile, have late night opening hours, especially on a Thursday evenings.