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Merchant City

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Address: Glasgow, Scotland
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Description: Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist...
Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist Office of Merchant City, now a vibrant historic cafe quarter and designer-shopping mecca. Highlights of this tour, which dates back to medieval times, include the grand neo-classical halls and Georgian townhouses built for Glasgow's rich tobacco barons and shipping merchants.
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Lovely place to wander around

Lovely place to wander around, lots of shops, restaurants, bars, cafe's, many with seating outside for a lovely day

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Lovely place to wander around, lots of shops, restaurants, bars, cafe's, many with seating outside for a lovely day

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Dorridge Solihull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Having lived and worked in Glasgow in the nineteen seventies, I remembered this as a run down area of the city. It has now been transformed. The Victorian architecture has been largely preserved and the area now is now full of pubs, clubs and restaurants. My wife and I enjoyed lunch at an Italian restaurant in Albion Street which I... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A beautiful neighbourhood in the heart of Glasgow. A good place for a walk, many restaurants/pubs and bars available, comprises very well Glasgow's personality.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I absolutely loved this place as it has some of the most unique architecture in Glasgow as well as great restaurants and pubs. This is also a great place just to sit around on a bench and people watch for a few minutes. Definitely worth the stop while in Glasgow!

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Nice atmosphere with some nice pubs, bars and restaurants. Very crowded on weekend nights as it is where the "trendy" folk go!

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Merchant City is one of my favourite places to visit, it is great to walk about if the weather is good but I particularly like it because of the Merchant City Square where the restaurants all have an outside sitting area in a huge roofed building so you feel that you are outside even when it is raining.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Merchant City hosts a great selection of bars and restaurants, my favourite of these being Khublai Khans! I've also visited one of the craft fairs in Merchant Square (from previous reviews I can see these are a regular occurrence so may return in the future!) and picked up some lovely handmade items.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This part of Glasgow has been redeveloped and all the houses and warehouses used by the rich merchants have all been utilised into restaurants and hotels. This is the place to be and very good it is too. You can get some good deals in the restaurants and there are some very nice bars.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

One of Glasgow's best kept secrets..............so much talent in one place. I found this gem by accident and I'm so glad I did. There's a plethora of artist's and craftfolk, bakers and witty gems. On every weekend its a must if your looking for that "something different".

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great variety of bars and restaurants in the heart of Glasgow's city centre. It pretty much caters for everyone (except for big brand pubs with no atmosphere - which is a great thing IMO)!

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