Student Guide 2015: where to shop in Glasgow

For everything from vintage clothing to vinyl records and secondhand books, these independent shops have you covered

Student Guide 2015: where to shop in Glasgow

Voltaire & Rousseau

If you’re after retro clothing in Glasgow, an obvious first stop would be Retro on Otago Street. It is one of Britain’s longest-established vintage clothes shops, and has a reputation for its high-quality merchandise. Other strong choices include Vintage Guru on Byres Road, Mr Ben Retro Clothing on King Street and The Glasgow Vintage Co on Great Western Road.

One of the best-loved bookshops in Glasgow is Voltaire & Rousseau, and if you think the name is cool, wait until you hear more about the shop itself. It’s been around for over 40 years, and stocks everything from fiction to rare secondhand books. You can find it on Otago Lane, should you be bitten by the book bug. Other stores worth visiting include Thistle Books (also on Otago Street) and Kelvin Books Antiquarian and Secondhand on Maclellan Street (funnily enough).

Glasgow is known for its music scene, so it only makes sense that some of the best stores in the city are dedicated to selling vinyl. Mixed Up Records on Otago Lane (that place again) is a good shout for this, as is Love Music on Dundas Street, Insularis Records on Brook Street and Record Fayre on Chisholm Street.

For a wholly unique shopping experience in the city, make sure you stop by the Barras. A mixture of street markets, indoor markets, shops and pubs, it’s one of the best places to grab a bargain in the East End of Glasgow, whether you’re after antiques for the house, vintage furniture or even something that’s younger than you are. Once you’ve finished haggling with the old-fashioned traders, you can also check out what the arty folk are up to at the Barras Art and Design Centre.


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