A Guide To Shopping and Dining Destination Glasgow Fort
Situated just outside Glasgow City Centre, at the side of the M8 motorway (Junction 10) which connects Glasgow to Edinburgh, is outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex Glasgow Fort. If you like all your shops in one place but don't like being stuck indoors in a mall, this is the perfect Glasgow shopping experience for you.
Glasgow Fort has all of the high-street fashion and beauty retailers you can imagine (such as The Body Shop, New Look, and Topshop) plus some retailers that you may be surprised to find. Glasgow's exclusive high-end designer boutique Cruise has their outlet store here. It's dark and rather cobbled together, but if you are prepared to stick it out and search through everything, you can find some great bargains on those labels!
Glasgow Fort also has a huge Hobbycraft store for all those Glasgow craft enthusiasts. If you're into art, jewellery making, knitting or upcycling, this is the Aladdin's cave for you. Next to Hobbycraft is the very handy Asda Home store. Asda make some fantastic interiors and clothing products, but the numbers stocked in your average supermarket is limited. This store is dedicated to their non-edible offerings.
For those just needing to run some errands, there's a WH Smith to pick up the papers, a Carphone Warehouse to top-up your phone and buy chargers, and a Boots for all your pharmaceutical needs.
All that shopping is thirsty work, so needing a pit stop at one of Glasgow Fort's cafes is inevitable. The Thorntons chocolate store has its own cafe selling hot chocolate (plus your usual tea, coffee and soft drink offerings), and desserts made with Thorntons chocolate - it's heavenly. There are also many take-out snack options at Glasgow Fort, such as the Baskin Robbins ice-cream counter or the freshly-made doughnut stand.
If you are looking for something more substantial, Pizza Hut and Nandos are great for the kids, or try the Italian delights at Prezzo, Mexican at Chiquitos or burgers at T.G.I Fridays. There is something for every taste palate and craving. Many, like Pizza Express, offer deals in conjunction with Glasgow Fort's Vue cinema, so if you want to team your meal with a movie, look out for these money-saving options.
The car parking at Glasgow Fort is free, and vast. I have never not been able to immediately find a space, even on the busiest of weekends. There are also several bus services that run here from various areas of Glasgow, plus a taxi rank on site.The Glasgow Fort opening hours are also extensive - from 10am to 10pm on weekdays (giving you plenty of time for those post-work jaunts), Saturday 9am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm.
Glasgow Fort, Provan Walk, Glasgow G34 9DL
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Laura Pearson-Smith is from Glasgow's Southside. She is a lover of luxury, yummy food and all things pretty. She founded, and is editor of luxury travel online magazine Stylecation, and blogs at her own lifestyle blog A Life With Frills. She has written countless fashion, beauty and travel articles for various publications including The Huffington Post. If you want to know the best Chinese restaurant in Glasgow, where to get a vintage Chanel handbag or the city's best facial, she's your girl.