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.
Merchant Square Craft Market
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.
Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market
Take your shopping prowess to the East of the city and visit the Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market to bag yourself a bargain. Hosted within Saint Luke's and The Winged Ox, a unique, beautifully restored Parish Church, the Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market is not just a fantastic shopping experience, but offers a wide selection of food options making it a great day out for everyone. Whether you are looking to put your 'Cash in the Attic' skills to the test, or simply want to pick up a unique gift, this market has you covered.
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 end 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 donuts 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.
The Byres Road Makers Market is a fantastic artisan Makers 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 both in the southside and the west end.
Urban Market (Drygate)
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!