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Merchant City

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Neighbourhood: City Centre
As featured in 3 Days in Glasgow and 2 other guides
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Address: Glasgow, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist...

Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist Office of Merchant City, now a vibrant historic cafe quarter and designer-shopping mecca. Highlights of this tour, which dates back to medieval times, include the grand neo-classical halls and Georgian townhouses built for Glasgow's rich tobacco barons and shipping merchants.

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Lots of bars and cafes and restaurants located within Merchant City. At the weekends there is a craft market from about 11.00-6pm. Good to visit and enjoy

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sue H
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of bars and cafes and restaurants located within Merchant City. At the weekends there is a craft market from about 11.00-6pm. Good to visit and enjoy

Thank Sue H
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a lot of fun there are a lot of independent cafés & music stores in the area. Good part of Glasgow.

Thank Alichia P
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

great place we don't spend a lots of time there because of rainy day but still enjoy walk we visit a museum it was not interesting but okay ..

Thank lizaliza_74
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Glasgow's merchant city is full of beautiful architecture and things to do. There are lots of nice bars around the area, at the weekend there is a small market inside merchant square with local products and crafts. There are also many nice restaurants in the area, Dakhin is a fantastic South-Indian restaurant just across from merchant square, well worth a... More 

Thank Lynnie L
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This area has had a fair bit of money poured in to try and modernise it - hence some nice eateries in the area. However alongside is some of the rundown areas of the city and those folks still live and work nearby so you get a very odd mix of people and shops around.

Thank David R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They could have done so much more with this space and area. It does have some good food from what I can tell, but it has a feel to it that is quite soulless and heartless. This seems to be a theme in some parts of Glasgow, to redevelop and somehow take away all the bits that are Glasgow.

Thank hfulghum
Regina, SK
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Merchant City, great location to be near the action. Lots of restaurants, pubs, interesting architecture

Thank Treslan
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

By Glaswegian standards merchant city is a bit posh but not over the top. I have had drinks in the pubs and great Scottish fusion food in one of the restaurants and it is lovely and romantic at night with all the 'fairy lights' above.Pricey but not pure mental.

Thank MBKlein
Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I have never visited here without haveing a great time. lots of lovely bars and resturants. The stalls/activites in the centre are lovely. This place is always buzzing and is lovely place to just sit and watch the world go by. You feel like you are outside but completely under cover. Love a trip here

Thank Glenda S
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We stayed at the Fraser Suits and walked round the Merchant City. We found some really good shops and the choice of restaurants is excellent.

Thank SmithyAberdeen

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