Buchanan Street is the main shopping thoroughfare in Glasgow. The Glaswegians were out in full force the day we visited. Soaking up every last bit of summer! It was a day clear of rain, and you could tell everyone was the better for it!
Buchanan Street is a mix of old and new construction, and as you stroll down the lanes, you watch as the brick turns into brilliant glass. Every few meters or so you’d pass by a group of buskers, a magician performing for the crowds, a band touting their CDs on a loudspeaker or a group of activists trying to make their point. It was a bustling little street, and I can see myself spending all my Sunday afternoons here.
We wandered in and out of all different varieties of stores. There was an excellent Swedish pound stop where you could find a myriad of craft supplies, housewares and other do-dads no one needs but also everyone wants. Paperchase is another store which has yet to make it across the ocean. It is a stationary buff's dream. From floor to ceiling, this place is covered with some of the beautifully designed notebooks, photo albums, binders, agendas, knapsacks, stickers, gift wrap and more! One of the things that makes Paperchase so unique is their design aesthetic. They create themed collections of stationary, with the hottest print fashion, so your desk stays as on trend as your clothes.
As we continue down the street, we ran into a Lush shop. Now I know we have these at home, but there was no way I could stop myself from going in! They ever had a few exclusive items that were only available in the UK! I picked myself up a few of these products to use on our trip, and we headed back out on the streets.
As we walked, I marveled at the old architecture and the classical Scottish pieces of design. As we continued we noticed those iconic blue police boxes that have become synonymous with their role in 'Doctor Who'. They weren’t there for show, though; that's what they truly look like.
At the end of the street, you come upon Old City Hall. The outside was brimming with brides and grooms, along with their gaggle of guests, one the way in or out of their marriage ceremony at City Hall.
We passed by more than a few pie shop on our way. Each one of them was filled with windowsills bursting with freshly cooked treats. Each shop has its type of clientele and although the food was all very similar they each had their own unique decor and flavour.
We wandered through various indoor arcades. I guess with the weather as it is in Glasgow, these types of indoor marketplaces and restaurants are good to have throughout the city.
In some of the small side streets and alleys, old signage from years and years ago still stands tall on the brick walls which lean in towards the road.
After doing a complete 360, we found ourselves back at the mouth of Buchanan Street. Our feet were tired, but we didn’t want to turn in just yet. We headed to the closest coffee shop and took a seat. After being distracted by all the sites around the city, it was nice to have a quiet moment to sit and reflect on the day exploring Buchanan Street.