Whilst I might not be the biggest fan of shopping, having lived just outside Glasgow all my life I think I’m fairly qualified to put together a Glasgow shopping guide.

Within Glasgow you’ll find all the major high street retailers, some fantastic jewellers and plenty of independent stores too (if you know the right places to look!).

If you’re visiting the city for a short break or live near Glasgow but are never sure of the best shopping spots, read on to get clued up.

Buchanan Galleries 

Buchanan Galleries sits at the top of Buchanan Street, right at the heart of the city. It’s an indoor shopping centre that’s across several floors. It’s full of all the major high street shops and department store John Lewis too.

Buchanan Street (aka The Style Mile) 

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Buchanan Street has been dubbed The Style Mile, as there are so many shops on the street or within very close proximity to it. Wander out of Buchanan Galleries down the hill towards the St Enoch Centre and you’ll see plenty of great shops along the way.

As well as all the basic high street brands, there are some more high-end options here too. Think The White Company, Ted Baker, Diesel, Whistles and more.

Towards the bottom of Buchanan Street you’ll notice an intricately decorated building on the left. You can’t miss it, as there’s a giant peacock statue atop it, seemingly guarding over the building. Wander inside and you’ll find yourself in Princes Square – a stylish small shopping centre tucked away off the main drag. There are some superb high-end stores within it, plus plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink.

If you’re looking for jewellery, just beyond the entrance to Princes Square you’ll find the Argyll Arcade. Within this adorable arcade are more than 30 jewellers and diamond merchants. It’s the perfect place to make a special purchase, or just to do some window shopping!

St Enoch Centre 

At the bottom of Buchanan Street lies the St Enoch Centre. It’s another indoor shopping centre that’s similar to Buchanan Galleries but smaller in size. Inside this shopping centre you’ll find popular department store Debenhams, as well as lots of other high street stores.

The West End

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The West End is definitely my favourite area of Glasgow and that’s partly because of all the independent shops and boutiques that are there. Around Byres Road, Creswell Lane, Ruthven Lane and beyond, there are dozens of cute shops to peruse.

The West End has a much more – dare I say – ‘hipster’ vibe and this is reflected in the shops you’ll find here. There are far fewer big brand stores and many more interesting boutiques and vintage stores where you’ll find things that are a bit different.

In this area you can find everything from gorgeous dresses that are perfect for weddings and fancy events, and vintage shops selling knick-knacks for the home. Whatever you’re looking for in this area, you’ll be sure to find it.

Vintage Sales 

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Image via my friend Ryan Hill

There are quite a few regular vintage sales in Glasgow that you’ll love if you’re a fan of items with a story and life of their own.

I have to admit to not being hugely into vintage shopping, but my friend Ryan is a big fan. He has reliably informed me that Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair and Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market are some of the most popular regular pop ups.


If you’re looking for shopping centres outside of Glasgow then you’ll have a few options to choose from. There’s Silverburn Shopping Centre, intu Braehead Shopping Centre and Glasgow Fort. Each of these are within 10-15 minutes of the city centre, making them really easy to access.

Have you found any other great places to shop in Glasgow?