The Merchant City is one of the city’s cultural quarters, with a huge range of attractions, shopping, and restaurants for you to enjoy. Take a look at our favourite places in the Merchant City below:
ST MUNGO MUSEUM
The award-winning St Mungo Museum is home to an inspiring collection of religious artefacts and works of art, designed to promote understanding and respect between all. The museum offers something for people of different faiths and none – visit the tranquil Zen Garden where you can relax with a coffee for the perfect quiet afternoon.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART
The Gallery of Modern Art is the most visited modern art gallery in Scotland, housing an ever-changing collection in an iconic building. Aside from the displays, the museum also contains a café and a library with an extensive collection of art and design books available for loan.
Housed in the building which was originally the offices of the old cheese market, Café Gandolfi is known for its passionate promotion of local Scottish produce, with their signature dishes relying entirely on fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers across Scotland and the Highlands and Islands.
Glasgow Cathedral was built on the site where St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint is thought to have been buried in AD 612, and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation. It’s a must see attraction, combining stunning architecture with Glasgow’s history.
Glasgow Necropolis is located next to Glasgow Cathedral and is a memorial to the merchant patriarchs of the City and contains the remains of almost every distinguished Glaswegian of its day. Take a wander round the Necropolis to admire the monuments designed by some of Glasgow’s top architects including Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Bryce Hamilton and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Merchant Square is a stylish hub of bars and restaurants all under one roof. There’s plenty of choice including the Beer Café, Scottish dining at Arisaig, Italian favourite Fanelli’s and Boudoir Wine Bar. Joining the bars and restaurants is a spacious indoor courtyard used for various events – check out the weekly craft and design market!
GLASGOW POLICE MUSEUM
The Glasgow Police Museum is a bit of a hidden gem – a unique museum delving into the history of the UK’s first police force from 1800 to 1975. Displays tell the fascinating history of policing in Glasgow over the last 175 years, and the museum also houses Europe’s largest International Police display of uniforms and insignia from around the world.
Home to a range of Glasgow based creative organisations, Trongate 103 is a place to see art, make art and enjoy being creative. And don’t forget to indulge more than your audio and visual senses – fill up with some traditional Russian food at Cafe Cossachok, Scotland’s first and only authentic Russian Restaurant!
Founded in 1857, the Britannia Panopticon quickly became the most popular place of amusement and entertainment in the city, with 1500 people cramming themselves onto the wooden benches for every show. Today, the auditorium is the world’s oldest surviving music hall and holds regular viewings, exhibitions, bazaars and traditional music shows.