Sights

The two key sights are the City Chambers and Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre and both need a bit of planning, with only one or two visiting slots on the days that they are open. Otherwise, wander the streets at a time of your choosing, admiring key buildings and dropping by the Gallery of Modern Art to see what's on.

Sleeping

There are several characterful places to stay in Merchant City, with a number of apartment hotels catering to business travellers that are also ideal for families. More casual accommodation above pubs makes a great base if you're planning on getting out and enjoying the area's food and drink than spending time inside your room.

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Eating

A plethora of cafes, pubs and restaurants of all origins makes Merchant City one of the city's key dining destinations. There's enough here at lunchtime to entice you, but it's in the evening that the place really comes into its own.

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Drinking & Nightlife

There are numerous bars and pubs throughout Merchant City, particularly in and around the former fruit market at Merchant Sq. Many are fine places for a bite to eat as well as for a drink. The LGBT nightlife zone known as the Pink Triangle is also here.

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Shopping

This is Glasgow's shopping heartland, with the pedestrianised Argyle and Buchanan Sts almost wholly devoted to retail. Historic arcades and locales stand side by side with more modern shopping centres. Away from the principal thoroughfares, Ingram St has several upmarket clothing boutiques.

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