When you visit a new place there are always specific places you want to see, places you want to eat and the things you want to do. But when it’s somewhere you live do you really appreciate all a city has to offer?
A local’s guide to Glasgow
I’ve lived outside of Glasgow before, I went to uni in Manchester, and I’ve lived in London & Leicester, but I’ve never lived in another Scottish City before. The closeness is great and when I get back to Glasgow I make sure I make the most of it, just as I would when I visit a new city! So I’ve decided to write a mini guide to Glasgow, the things you need to see, the places you need to shop & the best food in town.
So first things first…SHOPPING! Glasgow is renowned for its shopping scene so here are a few tips to keep you ahead of the game.
- For High Street head straight to Buchanan Street. You have everything you need there, three shopping centres (St Enoch for low end high st, Princes Square for designer & Buchanan Galleries for high end high st.) Plus a House of Frasers & Debenhams within walking distance.
- You won’t want for vintage in Glasgow! Head to Mr Bens for a good rummage, City Retro is great for more curated pieces but if you want some serious vintage shopping head to the west end. Starry Starry night will provide accessory heaven whilst Glasgow Vintage Co is a bargain hunters heaven.
All that Shopping works up an appetite and whilst I can’t possibly list all the amazing places to eat in Glasgow in one place I’ll give you my top ones for breakfast, lunch & Dinner.
- Breakfast – no matter what you are looking for these babies all provide a great choice and have loads of veggie options! Paper cup, Singl End, Cafe Zique, Glad Cafe & Cafe Strange Brew are all fantastic.
- Lunch – These are all a mix of quick bites & long lunches, perfect for every mood. Nippon Kitchen for bento boxes, Where the Monkey Sleeps for sandwiches, The 78 for vegan delights, Piece for more sandwiches, Pickled Ginger for sushi, Cafe India for tapas style curry and Topolabamba for Mexican.
- Dinner – Oh aren’t you in for a treat! Head to the Finnieston for amazing fish, Hug & a Pint for a Vegan tasting menu, Nice & Sleazy for Japanese fusion, Stravaigin for amazing locally sourced food.
If there’s one thing Glasgow does well its nightlife! From Gigs to club nights you won’t be disappointed.
- Gig – For Amazing atmosphere head to King Tuts or the Barrowlands, even if it’s a band your not that sure of the atmosphere is always infectious.
- Bars – Ok so this would be a massive list! I’ve tried to keep it to the quirky or the must try’s – Nice & Sleazy for indie heaven & a buckaroo (don’t ask just try it), Butterfly & Pig for the decor, Kelvin Grove Cafe for weird and wonderful cocktails and Blackfriars for some people watching.
- Clubs – Glasgow’s not lacking for a night out! I prefer to hit up a club night instead of going to the same old venue. Pretty Ugly at the admiral is pop heaven and Divine is great for all those Motown lovers. If you fancy a rock night head to the Cathouse or the Classic Grand and for a good boogie the Buff Club is always good for a general dance!
The morning after can be tricky, so why don’t you take your mind off of your hangover with some culture?
- Take a walk! Stroll down the Clyde to see some of Glasgow’s ship Building history or head to one of our amazing parks for some green indulgence. Our top three are Pollock Country Park, Kelvin Grove & Queens Park.
- Stop in at a museum – Hit up Kelvingrove for some of the most amazing taxidermy or ancient Egyptian mummies, take a peek at some weird stuff in jars at the anatomy museum, admire everything in the Hungarian and head to the house of an art lover to see some of Glasgow’s heritage.
- Don’t forget to look up! Glasgow is full of amazing architecture, from the amazing Necropolis in the East End to the Unicorn at Trongate there is something weird and wonderful at every turn.