Glasgow was the first stop on our trip through Scotland, and we found it to be something like a smaller version of London – but almost more photogenic. Unlike London, Glasgow is not so overrun with tourists, and that even though the city has so much to offer!
We had the good fortune to meet Yasmin in Glasgow, a good friend of Theresa’s, and a real Glaswegian at that. She showed us the coolest spots in town, which made it all the easier for us to fall in love with the city as a whole. Glasgow has much fewer skyscrapers than for example London, but makes up for it with an abundance of traditional buildings. All in all, you get the feeling you are in a large city, where history lives and breathes. Today, Glasgow is the third largest city in the UK, and is known as a real worker’s city – a reputation that contrasts with the more noble image of Edinburgh.
There’s a lot to say about Glasgow and all it’s historic buildings, but probably the most important thing for a visitor is that there’s a lot to do and experience here! The city is a very lively place, not least because it’s a student town with a number of colleges and universities based here. Unsurprisingly, that means that the choice of bars and spare time activities is huge. In the following I compiled the hottest tips for your trip to Glasgow. Let’s jump right in!
‘The Corinthian’ was sort of the very first location we checked out after checking into our hotel. We arrived a little tired, and suddenly found ourselves in a different world: huge ballrooms and pompous halls provided a grandiose scene for drinks and dinner. We were barely able to contain our amazement. This was no bar or club – this was a palace. If you’re looking for an evening in the style of the Great Gatsby, or if you have a soft spot for the 20s in general and like the Soho House feeling you should not miss this incredible place when you’re in Glasgow.
The Scottish restaurant is located right in the trendiest district of town, and it looks the part: a little rustic, a little overgrown – but with an unmistakable, industrial charm, almost something you’d expect from a hip celebrity hangout in New York. The restaurant serves tasty Scottish cuisine, with a modern twist – which works incredibly well. We had great food here, appreciated the fresh ingredients used in the kitchen, sourced directly from the restaurant’s own farm. That’s right, the Ubiquitous Chip is known for producing almost all its ingredients by itself. This is a great place to start the evening. Once you’re full and ready to digest, you can explore the little alleys close to university close by. The classic package is to follow up the food with a couple of drinks in one of the nearby bars.
By the way: Make sure to try haggis! It’s sort of like a Scottish sausage, and a real delicacy in this restaurant!
This is actually a museum right in the heart of town, and it really looks just like a lighthouse. From the top you get a view over the entire city. Take in this panorama – you’ll be impressed by how awesome this city looks from above. Huge recommendation!
Trans Europe Cafe
The Trans Europe Café is a hot insider tip in the south district of town, and an Instagram location of a different kind. Apart from drinks the place also serves super tasty local food to regain some strength after strolling around town. Plus, the owner is a super relaxed dude who likes to chat with his customers. It’s really worth checking out some of the many stores close by as well. Basically, the area is a little like the Kreuzberg of Glasgow, full with little stores by independent labels. Also looks a bit like Williamsburg, NY, with its refurbished industry lofts and the crazy shopping concepts.
Strolling through Glasgow, I shot a couple of looks by MAX&Co. I was lucky to have such a photogenic backdrop in Glasgow, it seemed like every corner made for a great location, and we got quite a few outfits done. I found the MAX&Co looks to be perfect for the scenery: a touch of class, but also a little tongue in cheek. The fashion by MAX&Co mirrored the lovely detail of the architecture in Glasgow very nicely: high quality materials and interesting features like textile buttons make every piece a highlight. Hands down my favorite was the oversized ‘Bohemian’ coat with its salt and pepper pattern! The length is just perfect, it goes with every outfit, and looks super stylish with the big collar. I never wanted to take it off! It’s a perfect investment, a real classic for many seasons to come.
The Mitchell Library
The perfect location for all the bookworms among you! The Mitchell Library is an actual library – but not just any old library, mind you. The building is ENORMOUS, and probably houses pretty much every book that was ever published. Definitely feels like it, at least. The official number of books in this library is 1.2 million, which is quite something. From the inside it looks just like a film set for Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. And with that image in mind I would also like to recommend you check out Glasgow University if you ever felt like you want to stroll around in Hogwarts.
in cooperation with MAX&Co.