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Glasgow is considered the 2nd shopping destination outside of London, and is a Mecca for shoppers. As well as the usual big High Street names there is also a good selection of specialists.
The main shopping streets are made up of Sauchiehall St to the north and Argyle St to the south, these two are connected by Buchanan St which forms a Z shape, this is known as the "Golden Z"
For some help understanding the local dialect, pop into Suachiehall Street’s Waterstone’s Booksellers and get a copy of Michael Munro’s ‘The Patter’ - a humorous translation of what the locals are really saying and a good gift for those back home.
Shop for unique and limited edition art and gifts at the gallery of Modern Art or The Lighthouse, on Mitchell Street (just off Buchanan Street.) Other enviable finds are on the shelves of the airy Princes Square. This four storey center, its design inspired by Parisien metro motifs from the ‘20s, is home to swish tapas bars, cafes and stores such as Vivien Westwood and Monsoon. The top floor restaurant, October, reopened as November in late 2005. The Italian Centre on John St includes the UK's first Versace store and offers designer wear to the style concious Glaswegians.
Buchanan Street, which includes some of the most famous names and apart from two traffic crossing points is completly pedestrianised with modern street furniture and lighting, runs from the Buchanan Galleries shopping mall to the North which includes the John Lewis’ department store,down to Argyle Street and the St Enoch Centre, home to BHS, Debenhams and Hamleys Toy Store, this shopping centre boasts the largest glass roof in Europe. The £70m Atlas shopping development at the top of Buchanan St opposite the Buchanan Galleries opened in March 2013, the headline store being a three level Forever 21 making it the biggest shop on Buchanan St after Frasers and being the American company's first Scottish store. The Atlas development also features Fat Face, the British clothing company and Skechers the footwear store, again opening their first Scottish outlet.
The Merchant City's imposing 19th century sandstone buildings fill the blocks immediately behind Glasgow’s City Chambers. Very much the fashionable city centre address, the Merchant City boasts wine bars, more designer clothes stores than most Italian cities and the city’s small but thriving gay triangle. All this within a stylish scamper of GOMA, Glasgow’s gallery of Modern Art, style central shopping centre Princes Square and the upscale food hall at Marks and Spencers.
A little further out of town you have the large shopping malls at Braehead and Silverburn. At Braehead you also have the Xscape complex which includes an indoor snowslope plus many other leisure attractions.