8 Glasgow Neighborhoods: The Ultimate Breakdown MADE For Travelers

A successfully urbanized city, Glasgow seems to be the lovechild of Brooklyn and San Francisco.

Except, Scotland’s vast history makes Glasgow even more fascinating to explore. With enormous up-and-coming art studios, and the highly trendy Ashton Lane, even the historical sights appear to take a backseat to the tremendous creativity bursting out of this industrial gem. Here are eight neighborhoods that might trigger your travel ideas:

Reputation: Home of the hipsters.

411: Voted as one of the Best Neighborhoods in the UK & Ireland, Glasgow’s West End is the “IT” place to be. If you love vintage shops and artisan cafes and restaurants upon cobblestone streets, then you’ll feel right home here.

Don’t miss: Glasgow Botanic GardensKelvingrove ParkKelvingrove Art Gallery & MuseumThe University of GlasgowThe Mackintosh HouseQueen’s Cross Church, Ashton Lane for great bars and restaurants, Ubiquitous Chip for a delectable meal.

Reputation: Breweries and creatives.

411: One of the most artistic areas in Glasgow is in the East End where you’ll find many studios and galleries for innovative inspiration. What’s even better? You can tour coolest Scottish breweries here where you can indulge in tastings too. There are tons of up-and-coming cafes and restaurants that make nightlife in this area quite trendy.

Don’t missBarras Art & Design CentreDavid Dale Gallery & Studios, Market Gallery, Tibo Bistro for a meal, Tennent’s Brewery, and Drygate Brewery for great beer tours!

Reputation: Downtown for shopping.

411: Surrounding George Square which was opened in 1787, City Center is where you’ll find many shopping centers especially on Buchanan Street and the Style Mile. Various historical Scottish figures can also be seen planted throughout this part of the city, including: Sir Walter Scott, James Watt and Thomas Graham.

Don’t miss: George Square, Glasgow City Chambers, The Lighthouse all for sightseeing. Head to Buchanan Street, the Style Mile for shopping!

George Square, Glasgow
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Reputation: One of the main shopping and business streets that’s over 1.5 miles (2.5 km) long.

411: As one of the main streets in Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street hubs a ton of restaurants, bars and especially nightlife. You’ll also find lots of museums here. Home to many notable buildings, the Glasgow Empire Theatre is also where Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland performed.

Don’t miss: Head to The Garage for night clubs. The Tenement House for a history regarding Glasgow in the early 20th century, The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum for more history, Garnethill Synagogue for culture.

The Garage

Reputation: “The hippest place to live in the UK.”

411: Situated on the North bank of the River Clyde and between the city’s West End and the city center, Finnieston is a hub of pop-up restaurants and bars attracting a younger crowd that refer to Argyle Street as “The Strip.”

Don’t miss: Riverside MuseumKelvingrove Café for a retro pause, The Hidden Lane for galleries and studios, SWG3 Studio Warehouse for the work of 120 artists and photographers, The Shop of Interest for eclectic fashion, Crabshakk for seafood, and Soul Barber Room for cocktails.

Riverside Museum
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Reputation: Where former Tobacco Lords had warehouses is today’s prestigious hotspot.

411: Wealthy Tobacco Lords used to live and build warehouses in this area. Today, it’s home to Glasgow’s high-end new housing developments by restoring Victorian buildings. There are tons of high-end shopping here, surrounded by the Italian Center where you can find Italian brands. This is also home to Merchant City Festival every year!

Don’t miss: Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow City Halls and Old Fruitmarket for classical or jazz music performances, City Merchant for a meal, Guys Restaurant and Bar for food & drinks.

The Old Fruitmarket
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Reputation: For the adventurer looking for sporty activities.

411: North Glasgow is a bit far off from the rest of the city, but it’s also where travelers can explore a bit of nature and beautiful scenery. Around Speirs Wharf, you can find all sorts of activities, including: cycling, canoeing and a nice stroll.

Don’t miss: Speirs Wharf and Maryhill Walking Trails for outdoor activities, Queen’s Cross Church and the Forth & Clyde Canal for sightseeing, The Whisky Bond for startup exhibition & events, and 111 by Nico for a fantastic meal.

 Speirs Wharf Proprietors Association
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Reputation: A residential area with a mixture of parkland and art.

411: Not an area for wanderlusts, per se, but folks come across Southside mainly for two purposes: the Burrell Collection and the Scottish Football Museum. Or, take a moment of calm at The Hidden Gardens!

Don’t miss: The Burrell CollectionScottish Football MuseumThe Hidden Gardens, Citizens Theatre, House of an Art Lover

The Hidden Gardens
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Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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