Lifestyle in Glasgow

Expats moving to Scotland's largest city will find that the lifestyle in Glasgow offers plenty of opportunities for shopping, entertainment and outdoor pursuits. Whether expats are in the mood to shop up a storm in the city centre or are in search of a moment alone in the great outdoors, Glasgow has something for everyone.


Shopping in Glasgow

Buchanan Street in Glasgow's city centre is the heart of the Style Mile, as the city's main shopping district is affectionately known. Lined by high-end shops, tempting restaurants and an ever-present array of street performers, there's plenty to enjoy in this part of town.

At the top of the street is Buchanan Galleries, which houses more than 80 retailers. Further down is Princes Square, where the best of designer fashion can be found, from Vivienne Westwood to Ted Baker and beyond. For families, St Enoch Centre towards the bottom of the street has toy shops galore, including Scotland's flagship Henley's store.

That said, Glasgow has plenty to offer shoppers beyond the Style Mile. Lovers of vintage and second-hand clothing will be in seventh heaven in Glasgow's West End, while other excellent shopping centres such as The Glasgow Fort and The Forge Shopping Centre can be found dotted around the city.


Nightlife and entertainment in Glasgow

Whether expats are in the mood for some live music, a cocktail night, or just a drink down at the pub, there is plenty of variety for those looking to enjoy a night on the town.

Music fans can go big at the SSE Hydro, a 30,000-capacity arena that often attracts some of the world's biggest musicians and comedians. On the other side of the scale is King Tut's Wah Wah Hut – one of the city's smallest but most iconic live music venues.

Merchant City, close to Buchanan Street, is a hotspot for upmarket cocktail bars, while those in the mood for a pint should head to Glasgow East, where a number of local breweries can be found.


Sports and outdoor activities in Glasgow

Despite Glasgow's typically cold and rainy climate, Glaswegians love to get out and about, whether it's to support their favourite football team or enjoy the city's natural beauty. Golf is a popular pursuit, as are water-based activities such as sailing, kayaking, and swimming in Glasgow's rivers and lochs. There are also plentiful opportunities and trails for mountain biking and hiking.

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