Situated in the east end of the city, the Barras market is a Glasgow institution.Where else on earth could you find vintage gowns jostling alongside happy hardcore CDs? The odd street hawker doing some wheeling-and-dealing only adds to the ambience, making this a must-do for anyone seeking the authentic Glasgow experience.
Gallowgate (H5), Sat & Sun, 10am–5pm.
Art fans could take their pick from any of Glasgow’s big galleries but a venture off the beaten path is well worth the effort.This one time news-agents has been converted into an independent gallery exhibiting graphic art, illustration, graffiti, street art and photography from both international and home grown artists and designers. It also stocks jewellery, clothing, books and magazines.
323 North Woodside Road, 0141 341 0069, www.recoatdesign.com, Tue-Sun noon-6pm.
I Love Candy
If you fancy a sugar rush, or just a trip down memory lane, then this is the place to come. Fill your pockets up with bags of bonbons or stack candy bracelets up your wrists. From its candy cane façade to its vintage shop fixtures, this retro sweetie shop looks good enough to eat.
261 Byres Road, 0141 337 3399, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm.
Recognised as one of the very best vintage clothes stores in Glasgow, and situated just a few doors from the extremely cool bar Mono, Mr Ben has it all: a range of Victorian, Edwardian and varied twentieth century garments as well as a large supply of bags and accessories.Trivia: Caroline from Glasvegas used to work here.
101 King Street (G5), 0141 553 1936, www.mrbenretroclothing.com, Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.
A sweet little courtyard of old-fashioned industrial units just off buzzing Byres Road and right next to Hillhead tube and Ashton Lane, Ruthven Lane is a good place to start a Saturday’s shopping.Vintage clothing store Glory Hole (39-41 Ruthven Lane, 0141 357 5662) sits close to designer boutique Moon (10 Ruthven Lane, 0141 339 2315), and establishments like Stravaigin Two and DiMaggio’s Pizzeria offer a foodie focus.
Off Byres Road, opening times vary.