Shopping in Glasgow is one of the best-kept secrets in Europe.
The city is second only to London for the most retail space in the
UK, and attracts dedicated shoppers from all over the country.
The heart of the Glasgow shopping districts is the ''Golden Z'',
which zigzags through the city centre along the pedestrian malls of
Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall streets. Here you''ll find all the
major European brand names, with Buchanan Street and its mall the
Buchanan Galleries attracting the most upmarket shops. The Argyle
Arcade has a large concentration of jewellery shops, and Princes
Square is a stylish centre set in a renovated Victorian
If chain stores aren''t your fancy, nearby Bath Street and Hope
Street are home to a number of independent shops and boutiques
where you can find a unique Glasgow souvenir or gift. De Courcy''s
Arcade has a fun variety of book and music stores, and a few quirky
independent gift shops. Popular Glasgow souvenirs include wool
knits like cashmere sweaters, mittens and scarves; swirling
paperweights of Caithness glass; and local food like smoked salmon
and shortbread cookies.
There are also city centre markets that are well worth a visit,
including the Barras in the East End, which boasts hundreds of
market stalls selling all manner of items. Be wary of counterfeit
goods however, as the market is rife with knock-offs and pirated
There are a few popular shopping malls in Glasgow, mostly on the
periphery of the city. The biggest and busiest can be found in
Braehead, Silverburn and Glasgow Fort.
Shops in Glasgow are generally open from 9am-6pm Monday to
Saturday, closing later (8pm) on Thursday evenings. The shops in
the outer parts of the city may be open slightly later, and more
and more stores are opening on Sunday afternoons.