Back at Christmas time, I shared a huge guide to the best way to spend the season in Glasgow, and here I am, back with a summer version. Glasgow will always be one of my favourite cities and I’m always asked for recommendations of what to do in the city. Although I have a few regular favourites that crop up time and time again (that are mostly food!) I thought I’d share some of my seasonal highlights for summer in the city. Glasgow has one of the best cultural and foodie scenes I’ve found, and as a result, you’re very rarely stuck for something to do if you have a weekend to spare. It won’t surprise anyone to hear that the food section is the longest because food is life.
As someone who shops a lot, it’s always exciting to see some fresh blood popping up on Glasgow’s streets. New arrivals mean a new excuse for hitting the pavement, with big name brands like New Look opening their menswear store at the top of Buchanan Street just being the start of a whole new generation. Buchanan Street is the heart of Glasgow’s shopping district, and there are plenty of new arrivals worth shouting about there. For a start, the popular Australian tea brand T2 have finally opened a retail outlet which is a tea-lovers dream come true, and luxury chocolatiers Hotel Chocolat have just opened their brand spanking new store complete with chocolate café. Yup, you read that right.
Outside of the city centre, our big shopping centres also have plenty of new arrivals to keep you occupied under cover when the weather isn’t up to scratch. Soar at Intu Braehead have the UK’s largest ball pit this weekend, which is just plain fun, and Silverburn has seen a whole host of new stores joining the club with luxury fashion retailer Flannels being just one of them. Most excitingly, for me maybe, has to be the arrival of my favourite stationery shop, Paperchase, at Glasgow Fort. Now I can get my Paperchase fix for late night shopping, yay!
Each season heralds a whole host of new openings in the Glasgow foodie scene, with Summer 2017 being no different. With a few exciting launches on the horizon, as well as some that have already opened, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Glasgow. Highlights of my foodie calendar include the newly opened Babs, bringing fancy kebabs to West Nile Street. The newest brainchild of the team behind Bread Meats Bread, Babs promises to bring “proper” kebabs, done right, and I’ve heard really great things so far.
If you’re celebrating this summer you need to try out the Cocktail Masterclasses at Revolution. I tried one out with Hayley and Morag a couple of weeks ago and had a fantastic time. It’s something a little bit different, and getting the chance to jump behind the bar and try your hand at mixology after more than a few cocktails makes for a barrel of laughs. Check out their Facebook for more.
It’s no secret that I love Taste Buchanan, as I rave about them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at any opportunity. Having completely revitalised the Buchanan Galleries food court, Taste Buchanan brings together the best of Glasgow’s independent food scene in one place whilst also putting on a whole host of fantastic events too. With a board games day on 9th July and a vinyl pop up on the 16th July, there’s plenty to keep you entertained whilst you enjoy the incredible food on offer. Taste Buchanan also hosts a regular £10 Tasting Menu event where you can try a little bit of everything for just £10 (see more in my latest vlog) which will be running throughout the year. Keep an eye on their Facebook for more information! If you’re visiting Taste Buchanan then you have to try out Hot Stuffed Bread Company, it’s just as good as it sounds.
There’s also rumours that Tim Horton’s are planning on opening a second outlet in the city centre, just a few short weeks after they opened on Argyle Street’s Four Corners. More Timbits? Yes, please.
Ever the cultural hub, Glasgow is home to a real variety of festivals each year. Although the most well-known Scottish festival, T in the Park, is taking a break this year it’s been replaced with the highly-anticipated TRNSMT in Glasgow Green. With a killer line-up, featuring some of my all-time favourites like Twin Atlantic and Biffy Clyro, it’s not to be missed. Outside of music, events such as the Merchant City Festival (22-30th July), The Scottish Drink Festival (5-6th August) and the world-renowned World Pipe Band Championships (11-12th August) show that there really is something for everyone happening this summer in Glasgow.