Glasgow East End: Shopping
Often forgotten when it comes to retail therapy, shopping in the East End may well involve a bit more walking, but the results will certainly be fruitful. Pop into Brigitte for a spot of vintage heaven – designer cocktail dresses galore at mouth-watering prices, including Pierre Cardin and YSL. Then nip round to Mr Ben, a forager’s paradise for vintage bags, 70s sequins and 80s shoulder pads.
Give yourself plenty of time, though, the store is packed to the rafters with goodies and is ideal for a leisurely afternoon of browsing. The prices are low and the staff are always friendly and attentive. The West End’s vintage shops often tend to be cleared out pretty fast, especially in the autumn, but you can always rely on Mr Ben to have plenty of fresh and exciting stock.
Next door, Monorail offers rare white label records and independent music, providing a welcome alternative to the high street music stores. Pop into the adjoining café afterwards and enjoy the sounds.
For foodies, the East End is giving its rival in the West a run for its money in the deli stakes. Try Gospoda Polish deli in the Gallowgate, or wander down to Dennistoun to Olive for some tasty home baking.
Dennistoun is also up-and-coming in the fashion stakes too. Cocoberry is a chic new boutique which stocks a wide range of womenswear brands including Lipsy, Ruby Rocks and Traffic People.