Princes Square: The shopping gem hidden at the heart of Glasgow’s retail offering for over 30 years

Glasgow is home to many famous institutions and monuments: the Duke of Wellington’s cone hat, the domes and towers of the majestic Kelvingrove Museum, the Central Station clock and the glittering Squinty Bridge.

But some landmarks are a bit less flashy, like the eternally sophisticated Princes Square.

Accessed through a subtle entrance on Buchanan Street, visitors to Princes’ Square they are transported to a glamorous art nouveau shopping center that has been the hidden heart of Glasgow’s retail offering for over 30 years.

Princes Square is hidden in the center of the city, and you can easily get lost, and waste a whole day, there.

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From starting the morning with coffee and pastries at Tinderbox, followed by an indulgent, illuminating facial at Dermalogica, to strolling through the many shops, enjoying live performances, enjoying some amazing street food, and ending the day with a trip to the cinema… There is much to discover in Princes Square.

As one shopper explained: “There are good shops with a wide variety of items to choose from in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as good places to dine and have a drink.”


Princes Square is not only a refuge from the high street, it is also home to a huge range of shops and restaurants you may not even know exist.

Princes Square has had something of a renaissance in recent months, with more and more retailers and restaurants making their homes in this beautiful space.

The Empire designer sneaker emporium, which features exclusive brands like Yeezy and Jordans, is one of the newer stores, along with shoe and accessory store Carvela. Home of the sexiest heels, flats and handbags, it’s a must-see anytime you’re in Princes Square.

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Princes Square has always been a go-to spot for Glasgow fashionistas, and its reputation is well deserved.

Under the elegant glass ceiling, you’ll also discover Reiss, Ted Baker, Cos, Kate Spade, Kurt Geiger and the French Connection, to name a few. Then there are premium jewelers Dower & Hall, Diamond Heaven, Argento and Orkney designer Sheila Fleet.

And if you love pampering, you can’t go wrong in Princes Square. It’s home to luxury skincare brand Dermalogica, which opened its first standalone Scottish store here in June.

Being in the shop is an experience in itself, with a dedicated skin mapping area, a decompression zone where you can relax before and after your session, and an immersive treatment area where you can enjoy 30-minute treatments.

Choose to brighten, soothe, brighten or firm, or freshen up your face with nanoneedling or a skin treatment tailored to your needs.

Finally, there’s room to share your skin care goals with a Dermalogica expert and receive personalized advice and products that will make you shine.

For the best in makeup and beauty, Space.NK Apothecary can be found on the first floor of the mall, with shelf after shelf of colorful beauty palettes, fabulous hair care and dazzling fragrances, along with free makeovers and makeup demos. new colors and techniques

Or, if beauty isn’t your thing, there are beautiful gifts, homewares and fragrances to discover at The Pen Shop, the gallery shop of Ayrshire-born artist Alexander Millar, furniture designer Timothy Oulton and Essence of Harris. .


Of course, it is more than a shopping mall. The architecture itself is something to behold, so it’s no wonder members of the public voted it Scotland’s favorite building of the last 100 years, not to mention the many awards it has won from organizations such as RIBA and Scottish Civic Trust.

From the sweeping staircase and glass elevators to the lower courtyard event space, all the way to the rooftop terrace with its glamorous home bars under a domed glass ceiling, Princes Square is certainly no run-of-the-mill place. . Mall.

That’s why street food collective and viral sensation Big Feed has set up shop in Princes Square’s grassy courtyard.

With a fresh twist on classic street food dishes like bao buns, pizzas, wagyu smash burgers, Korean buttermilk chicken, duck gyros and stacked chili salt fries, Big Feed Kitchen brings something new to Princes Square .

Big Feed Kitchen’s Jonathan Yvess said: “This is a really exciting step for us and one we’ve been working on for a long time – the key to it all was finding the perfect spot.

“It’s a lovely place to bring the family, whether you’re shopping, going to the movies, or just enjoying our beautiful city.”

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There are lots of excellent options for drinks and dinners in Princes Square, from great cocktails and food at October, Barca and NY Bar & Grill, to a family meal at Zizzi’s or Il Pavone, or a treat from the Scottish-inspired menu at Cranachan.

A regular visitor commented: “I always eat at the restaurants in Princes Square. I love the food and the great atmosphere; I would recommend it to everyone”.

The atmosphere is due in part to a variety of carefully selected events, such as live musical theater performances in the summer and Christmas carols sung by local choirs during the Christmas season.

There are also regular pop-up shops, with small businesses like the insular heroes of Insta-faves who recently brought their incredible ethical range of sequins to Princes Square, to great acclaim.

And let’s not forget Princes Square’s other hidden gem: the three-screen boutique. everyone’s cinemawith its incredible program of movie premieres and live events such as opera and music concerts.

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You can end your day in Princes Square with a movie and enjoy a glass of wine and freshly made food brought right to your seat, or get stuck into Spielburger, the cinema bar and restaurant.

There’s plenty to see, eat, do and enjoy in Princes Square, whether you’re planning a full day of shopping and socializing, or just grabbing coffee and catching up.

Come and discover what Glasgow’s hidden gem has waiting for you…

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