Glasgow is known all over for its excellent shopping, with every imaginable high street store available. However, if you are looking for a real bargain, want to taste the freshest local produce or make a purchase from one of the many designers based in the city, a visit to one of these markets - if not all - should be on any serious shoppers list of things to do.
The weather isn't always a shopper's best friend, so what can be better than browsing a host of craft and design stalls all under cover in the Merchant Square's stylish courtyard. The Merchant Square Craft Market is an ideal way to spend the afternoon leisurely perusing stalls selling everything from handcrafted jewellery, candles, cards and cupcakes through to artwork, aromatherapy products, baby clothes and photography. There's something for everyone and most importantly, all exhibitors hand make their products in Glasgow.
Based in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from Buchanan Street, is the famous Sloans Market. Held every weekend, Sloans has stalls selling everything from delicious food and bespoke jewellery to unique gifts and art. Located on a lane running between Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, make sure to take this unique short cut to bespoke shopping.
Super Market Glasgow takes place at The Engine Works in the north west of the city, and the team also run Super Market Lates at the Glasgow School of Art. At both markets, visitors can enjoy a carefully curated selection of independent retailers from across the city and beyond showcasing everything from vintage and antiques to children's toys, jewellery, beauty and homeware and a whole lot more. And for big fans of vintage shopping, Super Market also run a vintage market event at the Hillhead Bookclub.
Running alongside the already established independent street food market Platform at Argyle St Arches, this Food and Makers Market sells fresh produce from local farmers and food producers, with everything from breads, cheeses and dairy to local rare breed sausages, seasonal fruit and vegetables. The weekly Sunday market also sells goods by local makers, such as jewellery and vintage ware.
Set in the heart of the Barras, is the BAAD market, which takes place within their indoor courtyard. Here you will come across handmade and one-off pieces from a variety of independent traders from all over Scotland at this family and dog friendly Sunday market.
For the real Glasgow experience, and even if you are not a keen shopper, the world famous Barras market situated in the Gallowgate in the east of the city is well worth a visit. No matter your budget, savvy shoppers are sure to find something to suit all tastes. From fashion to white goods and everything in between the Barras sells it all. If you get peckish, why not try their famous homemade doughnuts too. Just follow your nose.
Many Studios in the city's East End presents Ross Street Market, a monthly, outdoor arts, food and drink market in the historic Barras. It offers a selection of design-led arts and crafts including jewellery, paintings and home furnishings plus some amazing local street food stalls. The market is open from 11am-5pm on the first Saturday of every month as part of East End First Saturdays. A unique shopping experience and a great way to support local traders. **Ross Street Market is currently taking a break due to public realm improvement works.**
The Byres Road Makers Market is a fantastic artisan market with a host of tremendous traders, all under one roof. You'll find them upstairs at Hillhead Library on the last Saturday of every month, from 11am-4pm.
Bringing a taste of rural Scotland to the city, with affordable and healthy food. Cook a showstopper meal using the best of Scottish produce from seasonal fruit and vegetables to quality meat and local cheeses. There is also a variety of street food stalls if you get peckish while you are browsing. Farmers markets take place in Partick in the west of the city, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
Urban Market's moto is 'Do Sundays differently'. Based in the east of the city at the super cool Drygate, Urban Market is the place to be to check out Glasgow's most up and coming design talent selling their latest creations. If you need a gift for that special someone who has everything - Urban Market is where to go!
Park Lane Market takes place the first and last Sunday of the month in a quirky little lane in the south of the city. Local traders sell their wares, from second hand clothing to homemade bread to mini cacti, within the lane, which opens up into a food and performance space at the back, where musicians entertain throughout the day.