Vintage Guide to Glasgow, Scotland

Vintage Guide to Scotland, Glasgow. Photo Credit: Author.

Running a bit late with this post, but who cares. Right after I handed in my master thesis last autumn, I hopped on a plane to Scotland. I arrived in Glasgow, first time specifically travelling on my own, and simply wanted to explore the area and some vintage shops – and there are plenty! That’s the cool thing about travelling alone, you follow your own time schedule and just go where your intuation takes you. You talk to people you normally wouldn’t talk to and they tell you about the coolest areas in town.

Also a lady on the bus gifted her weekly bus pass to me as she didnt need it anymore. Damn Glasgow, you left a hell of an impression 🙂 Right, back to my favourite shops, here they are:

The City Retro 

Floral Shirt
Do love a bit of floral. Photo Credit: Author.

I got this beautful vintage blouse from (I’m guessing) the 60s or 70s. The colours and the floral part work so well with my hair, I still love it to this day 🙂 The City Retro is a small shop, which offers hand picked vintage pieces and fab Burberry trenchcoats for women and men ❤ The owner was really nice and gave me some good insights to Glasgow as well as getting around and finding the best shops in town. Cheers Mister Owner! 🙂

41 King Street, G1 5RA Glasgow Mo – Thu: 11.00 – 18.00, Sa: 10.00 – 18.00, Sun: 12.00 -17.00


Mr. Ben Retro Clothing

Mr. Ben Retro Clothing is just around the corner from the City Retro! The store is quite full and it offers a lot of 90s and 80s stuff and a large selection of trainers. Lucky me, I found a pair of unworn Suede Puma Sneakers in baby blue for only 20 pound, yippie 🙂

PS: Make sure to bring enough cash, as they don’t except card payments.

Kings Court King Street G1,  5 Glasgow     Open everyday mostly from 10:30/ 12:30 – 18:00


Take a break from shopping

If you’re ever in Glasgow, take a stroll through the botanic gardens, its beautiful! After some time of relaxing and a lot of ice cream I headed to the ‘Hipster Area’ known as the West End. A whole area filled with charity and vintage shops. Some of them are really hidden! I felt like I was breaking into someones backyard, only to find 3 tiny vintage shops and Flash, the cat.

Vintage Guide to Glasgow: backyard beauties. Photo Credit: Author.
Vintage Guide to Glasgow: backyard beauties. Photo Credit: Author.
Botanic Gardens Glasgow
Take a stroll trough the Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: Author

Starry Starry Night

Find hidden treasures at Starry Starry Night Glasgow
Find hidden treasures at Starry Starry Night, Glasgow. Photo Credit: Author.

Starry Starry Night has been around quite some time, 1986 to be exact. They offer very special pieces, so if you are looking for really old dresses from the Victorian era or even vintage textiles, this has to be on your treasure map! As far as I could tell it is run by two elderly people who take very good care of their things and are happy to help if you have any questions. As their collection is hand picked and one of a kind, it is relatively pricey as far as I remember.

19 Dowanside Lane, Glasgow City G12 9BZ     Mon- Sat 10.00 – 5.30, Sun: 11.00 – 5.00


The Glasgow Vintage Co.

This is actually my favourite one! With all the shopping, I even forgot to take a picture 😦 Anyway, here you can find lovely kimonos, dresses, skirts and coats at really fair prices. The Glasgow Vintage Co. has a good men’s section downstairs, offering a large collection of exotic shirts. If my suitcase wasn’t already full, I would have bought tons there.

453 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8HH     Mo-Sat: 11.00 – 18.00, Sun: 11.00 – 17.00


PS: They offer -10% student discount!

I discovered The Glasgow Vintage Co. when I walked back into town. I remember I had no real clue where I was going but I just love to explore everything by foot. On the way, there are a lot of cute cafes and restaurants, so I highly recommend you do the same 🙂

After fun day in Glasgow I took the megabus (FOR A FREAKING POUND WTF) to Edinburgh. As there was the Fringe Festival going on, I enjoyed a few comedy shows, met up with an old friend from college and had way too many beers. I only slept 2h before I headed to the airport but I stayed in this really cool hostel, which used to be a church. As you can see, my trip to Scotland was highly succesful and most importantly I had so much fun! ❤

Arriving in Edinburgh!
Hola Edinburgh! Photo Credit: Author.

Until next time Scotland! ❤