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“Excellent for people watching” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Glasgow West End

Glasgow West End
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Ranked #14 of 268 things to do in Glasgow
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Glasgow
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“Excellent for people watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Great to get a table outside when it is sunny in any of the places to eat or coffee houses.

Visited July 2012
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“cosmopolotan glasgow”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

The West End has a certain cosmoplotan feel about it,byres road has many small shops cafes and bars its like being abroad this road joins Gt Western Rd to Dumbarton rd.On the Great Western Rd there is the Botanic Gardens,also some beautiful georgean and victorian houses set in tree lined access roads,the whole area in summer gives an impression that you have left the city of glasgow.The only downside is Great Western Rd is very busy and parking limited,take a bus or metro.Browseing the little shops and various cultures of the west end is well worth the visit,fun can be had there night and day

Visited February 2012
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“A 'must do' part of any visit to Glasgow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

The West End of Glasgow is 'must do' part of any visit to the city. I've lived here for 30 years - and this is my short guide to the area. The spine of Glasgow's west end is Byres Road, which runs from Glasgow's Botanic Gardens on Great Western Road down to Partick and Dumbarton Road. The University of Glasgow lies to the east of Byres Road and to the west are some of the most expensive tenements in Glasgow. You can visit the University, which has a museum, an art gallery and a reconstruction of one of the architect Charles Rennie MacIntosh's houses - or wander around looking at the victorian architecture.

Glasgow's West End is home to academics, students, actors, painters, playrights and professionals. Byres Road is lively, cosmopolitan area, with a large numbers of bars, restaurants and cafes. In the streets behind Byres Road there are a number of shops selling vintage clothes, jewellery and hand-made gifts. I recommend the Nancy Smillie Shop in Cresswell Lane and Starry Starry Night for unusual jewellery. De Courcys Arcade in Cresswell Street has a number of small specialist shops, and is worth a browse.

There are a number of delicatessans selling specialist food. My favourities are I.J. Mellis, the cheesemonger on Great Western Road, Peckhams (Byres Road and Hyndland Road) and Heart Buchanan in Byres Road (which also has a cafe). If its bars and restaurants you want, there is a huge range of choice and variety. Some of my favourites are the Ubiquitous Chip (modern Scottish with lovely courtyard setting), Stravagin (world flavours) Cafe Andaduz (Spanish tapas) and Masala Twist (curry with a Scottish twist). If you want culture the Oran Mor has regular plays and live music, Brel has jazz nights and The Stand Comedy Club is in Woodlands Road. While the city centre can be quite wild on a Friday/Saturday night, the west end is lively but friendly.

Visited July 2012
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“west end is the only end”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

I used to live here 30 years ago when the place was run down but still a nice area to be. It has become a cosmopolitan, European-type cafe society, busy, literate, cultured place to laze, eat and drink, study,, chat and people watch.

Visited July 2012
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“Classic Victorian architecture with wide variety and plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants to choose from”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

leafy, friendly, easy to get to city centre from on the underground

Visited July 2012
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