Glasgow & Edinburgh - Honourable Mentions
Independent Shopping Guide
In Glasgow’s city centre, Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street, the Buchanan Galleries and St Enoch Centre are mostly stuffed with high street chains, but we don’t want to overlook the number of excellent record shops in the area: Classics in the City and the legendary Avalanche, both hidden amid pakora shops behind Queen Street Station, and the superlatively friendly Rubadub on Howard Street. There are little pockets of cool all the way along Argyle Street, in fact, from Missing Records, jaw-droppingly comprehensive second-hand warehouse Retro City Vintage, and the Glasgow leg of Focus skatewear at the city centre end to The Land of Odds, the new flagship store for the Oddities label (formerly of Edinburgh’s Victoria Street) in Finneston, sharing floorspace with The Ivy’s uber-hip new music venue.
Meanwhile, the Charing Cross intersection might seem a strange location for a small vintage shop, but newcomer We Love To Boogie has cannily marketed itself at the Art School demographic, with expertly-selected hipster gear. The Lighthouse Shop, meanwhile, has design par excellence.
Space concerns prohibited us from covering Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield and Southside districts fully, but both are worthy of a mention. Bruntsfield Place is full of great boutiques aimed at lunching ladies: try Vivaldi or Scoosh for seasonal accessories, Nippers for lovely kiddie clothes, Ooh! Ruby Shoes for the sparkliest footwear around and Halibut and Herring for weird and wonderful bathroom things, before luxuriating in homemade chocolate at Coco of Bruntsfield. In the Southside, the Clerk Street/Nicholson Street strip really stands out as an hub for the best second hand record shops and fantastically-stocked charity shops.