Merchant City
Merchant City
4.5
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jai1965
102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is very vibrant with great restaurants and pubs. I noticed Lots of family and young professionals relaxing and discussing business
Written 10 August 2023
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Matthew M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I used to be in the area years ago nearly every day but on my last visit it was a vibrant luxurious looking area lovely bars and restaurants and very friendly people.
Written 29 July 2022
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nightrider17
London, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
What they have done to this place is beautiful. I went in the daytime but would have loved to have an evening visit.
Written 13 May 2022
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western87
London, UK194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We go there for sunday craft market, but it is disappointed because only 4 units open in the market, so if you want to visit for that, better go in summer time. We walk around the merchant city area but it is just like a normal town.
Written 12 May 2022
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Norman J
Woking, UK528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This whole area has something to see at every turn. The houses of the merchants and their places of work are examples of fine period architecture and exemplify what made Glasgow the 'Second City of Empire'
Written 9 May 2022
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Robert M
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Business
Festival village. Nice place but I used my business card to pay for a round of drinks and I just can’t explain this to taxman. So company has folded and the mulled wine was too hot
Written 12 December 2021
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Malgorzata
12,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Merchant City is a district in the East end of Glasgow.
Merchant City is full of designer boutiques and stylish cafés in the former warehouses of Ingram Street and the Italian Center. There are fine bistros serving Scottish, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine scattered around the area, while the renovated 18th-century buildings house bars and pubs. Very interesting and beautiful part of the city. It is impossible to be in Glasgow and not visiting The Merchant City.
Written 14 October 2020
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SJC
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
Shocking customer service and lack of communication. They are trying to force a group of 11 individuals from different households to still come to Glasgow even though multiple people sharing a room. Haven’t even pushed for a refund as a small business but they won’t even transfer the booking to next year and basically said...’we will keep your money and nothing you can do about’. Hung up on phone call to us and refuses to come back on email. So unreasonable and especially when we are offering them the ability to keep our money but simply transfer to next year when allowed to come. Their answer was ‘we don’t care you are 11 individuals, just stay away from each other’ - really embracing their moral and ethical duties at the moment. Annoyingly we want come but not allowed under new regulations. Avoid them at all costs - makes you realise what the standard of the stay was going to be like if this is their lack of care!!!
Written 15 September 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Merchant City is an area in the city centre stretching from Queen Street in the west to High Street in the east, and from Trongate in the south to Ingram Street in the north. The actual name “Merchant City” has no historic significance and was only coined in the 20th century, the original name simply being Trongate.

Once home to Glasgow’s wealthy tobacco merchants, the area has undergone a renaissance, supposedly transforming it into the cultural and Bohemian centre of the city, dubbed the Greenwich Village of Glasgow, I think that this is a wee bit of an exaggeration.

There is no doubt however that many of the buildings, which date back to the 18th century, have been sympathetically restored, which gives the area a modern, affluent feel that quite quickly disappears as you head further east from the High Street.

As you might expect, the area is home to some smart shops as well as trendy bars, restaurant etc., and in the area of Merchant Square, which is part of the old fruit market, businesses look onto an indoor courtyard.
Written 7 August 2020
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The Hush-Hush Reviewer
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,002 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
City within a city. Walk through here most everyday. Haven't been in every place as of yet, but hope to
Written 14 March 2020
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