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‟ The first thing to note about Glasgow as Scotland's largest city is that every corner is it's own pocket world and entirely different vibe. The city centre is busy, bustling and vibrant, has all the shopping and attractions you'd expect of a metropolitain city. As the second oldest city in the UK, it has lots of fantastic old arcitecture, beautiful listed buildings and all you have to do is look up! Or better still, head to the Lighthouse and catch this view. ”



Shop

There are lots of different places to shop of crafting supplies, there is an amazing art store across the road from the Gallery of Modern Art [Royal Exchange Square] (bring your pennies though!) or Millers [28 Stockwell St] also in the city centre. There are a few fabric shops in the centre, the best is just along the road from the main bus station, Mandors Fabric Store [134 Renfrew St] is one of my happy places! The fabric shop I use most, and certainly my favourite, is probably not one you'd make a trip out to but just have to mention The Cotton Print Factory Shop [58 Admiral St] on Admiral Street as a wonderful shop full of helpful staff and bargain fabrics.



Eat & Drink

To eat and drink.. take your pick! My favourite spots are the Japanese restaurant Ichiban [50 Queen St, City Centre] (2 locations city centre and west end), any of the restaurants in Glasgow's Merchant city, varied from amazing authentic Indian to fresh Scottish seafood. And if you're looking for amazing burgers try Nice N Sleazy [421 Sauchiehall St]'s for a Meathammer creation and delicious triple cooked chips.



Craft

One of my favourite things about living in Glasgow is how many amazing and huge parks are dotted around. Pollok Park [2060 Pollokshaws Rd] in the southside is a perfect mix of quiet forest walks, big open grass spaces and this totally lovely, and exceedingly old tree and is also home to Pollok House and the Burrell Collection museum and gallery, a nice spot for a quiet tea and cake after your wanderings and craftings. I'm not part of any crafting clubs as my wee one takes up a lot of my time, but sure there are plenty about.



See Something Special

Glasgow's famous West End is a fantastic part of this fair city, every street and alley filled with cool sights and shops and bars, and a definite must see area for lovers of beautiful, bearded hipster men like me ;) Take the underground and walk the length of Byres Road [Byres Rd], with charity shops galore and make sure to take a detour into Cresswell Lane [Cresswell Ln] with it's small gallery of super cool specialist clothes and curio shops. In fact almost every lane and alley off Byres road is worthing investigating as they are chalked full of antique and vintage shops. And once you've reached the top of Byres road, laden with your goodies, stop in to the HillHead Bookclub [17 Vinicombe Street] or the Oran Mor [Byres Rd] for a drink in some cool surroundings.

Hmmm, Glasgow souviners... Probably all going to be terribly tacky of course! You have lots of stuff with Saltaire flags, tartan, thistles, but for me Glasgow personified is either something in a classic Charles Rennie Macintosh style, very striking and bold. you will find it everywhere and it's so beautiful and classy. Or if all else fails... Irn Bru, Buckfast and Tunnocks Tea Cakes (not classy in the slightest but probably way more fun!)



Inspiration

Be sure to visit some of Glasgow's famous landmarks and attractions, a lot of them centred around the arts; The Gallery of Modern Art [Royal Exchange Square] is in the centre of town just off of George Square worth a visit even if you just want to get a photo taken with this guy! And of course, the famous School of Art [167 Renfrew St] designed by Glasgow's own Charles Rennie Macintosh, not just a beautiful building but a great place to see fresh, new art from the students who study there. The People's Palace [] is situated in Glasgow Green, a beautiful park and the oldest public place in the city, and is a lovely museum about the history and people of Glasgow.