Having visited Glasgow a couple of times in the last month, Joe and I have seriously fallen in love with this buzzy city…
Having always opted for a quick trip to Edinburgh- not heading on a short train across to Glasgow now seems like a wasted opportunity, and we’ve felt very lucky to have been able to spend so much time here in the last couple of years- and particularly recently!
So- with a little prior knowledge (you can check out my other wintry guide here, and this little Glamour feature I did here, here and here), we recently headed back as part of our work with Kimpton (a beautiful spot to rest your head, FYI)- and wanted to squeeze in as many new favourites as possible, so without further chatter- here are some places worth noting, if you’re heading to Glasgow!
Your Glasgow Itinerary…
- First things first- start the day at the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Although this place has continuous exhibitions and permanent work (all of which is a total treat)- currently on show is the Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibition, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Packed with heartwarming family photographs, candid photographs of her and Paul and some of the most incredible music and portrait photography ever, it’s by far one of the most special exhibitions I’ve seen and is on until 12th January too.
- From there, you can head along to Argyle Street for lunch- home to delicious spots including Alchemilla (for lots of fresh sharing plates), Mora and Crabshakk– all which are highly recommended. Alternatively there’s The Steamie for a hot chocolate and cake, which is also bloody delicious.
- Post lunch, it’s time for a wander on Great Western Road- packed with everything from vintage shops, indie brands, lifestyle shops (the BEST) and some brilliant drinking spots. If you’re after an afternoon tipple (or pub quiz) Bananamoon is a great bet. They do pizza and cocktails and are open in the afternoon, which is always great. From there, wander along to Love and Squalor– the most beautiful clothing brand, where everything is designed, made and sold from their shop (you can even sneak a peek of their workshop out back). There’s also Glasgow Vintage Co. a little further along, as well as Retro and Hoos– which always deserve a mention.
- From Great Western Road to Byres Road. If you’re struck with wind and rain- a cosy cinema date at the retro Grosvenor Cinema is an excellent bet (and even better if it’s after dark when Ashton Lane is all lit up and sparkly)! There’s also the beautiful Starry Starry Night Vintage, which is a stone’s throw away too and always has the most incredible gems hidden in there too.
- Finally, an Uber (or subway) away- head to Pollockshields to pop to BAM Vintage and Aume for some late afternoon, or early evening shopping. BAM has a beautiful coffee shop inside (in case vintage wasn’t enough) and is also next to POTBELLY if you swing by during the morning (for the best brunch too). For dinner, you’re also very close to Errol’s Hot Pizza, which is absolutely deeeelicious (and has a handful of fresh daily side dishes too) and is BYOB, a total must visit.
And the next morning…
If you’ve got time before you leave (or even need to grab something for the train home), I can’t recommended enough heading to Good Times Roll. For a proper Scottish breakfast, Morton’s roll and square sausage. It’s the loveliest little spot with the coolest interior, and worth going out of the way for if you’re not close by.
I have another little Edinburgh itinerary coming up this week- so keep your eyes peeled for that too!