Looking for a Glasgow Farmer's Market?
Once just known for flea markets, namely the Barras and Paddy’s market, Glasgow now has two regular farmers markets as well as the huge Blochairn market/car boot sale and a few others for wandering about in, but remember to check out the times for the farmers markets, as they aren’t on every weekend.
1) Glasgow Barrowland AKA The Barras
The “Barras”, just east of the city centre, is Glaswegian for “barrows” and gets its name from the carts/wheelbarrows that traders once used to sell their goods. Sadly they don’t do this anymore and unfortunately it’s not the place to grab a bargain that it once was, but there are still plenty of stalls available for a rummage. If you enjoy a flea market, this is the place for you as you’ll find everything here from antiques, toys, musical instruments, DIY goods and made to measure curtains. Also worth visiting is Glickmans at 157 London Road, which is the oldest sweet shop in Glasgow and sells a few unusual things such as salty liquorice!
Trading Times: Every Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am until 5.00 pm
Glasgow Barrowland, Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT
2) Blochairn Market
Established in 2003, the Blochairn Car Boot Sale is Scotland’s largest car boot sale with over 500 sellers each week. You can get everything here from bananas to yogurt makers to a duvet and there are show rides for the kids to keep them entertained. But it’s not all car boots are there are market stalls both inside and outside but it’s recommended to go early to get the best bargains as it opens at 6am! Top tip – head to Celinos before/afterwards on Alexandra Parade for brunch.
Trading Times: Every Sunday, 6am – 3pm.
Blochairn Market, 130 Blochairn Road, J14/M8
3) Partick Farmers Market
This is a popular market and has traders selling pies, fish, meat and fresh street food. Handy for public transport as it’s just along from Kelvinhall underground station, and has a bus stop right outside it! If you want a bite to eat afterwards you’re spoilt for choice as there is Tinto tapas, Cafezique and the newly opened Devil’s Deli on Hyndland St as well as many more choices along Dumbarton Rd.
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of month, 10am – 2pm.
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Partick Farmers Market, Dumbarton Road/Hyndland St, Glasgow
4) Queens Park Farmers Market
A smaller market to that of Partick, this market has fruit, veg, baked goods and more. It used to be located at the bottom of Victoria Road on the Govanhill-side of the park but from Saturday 7th February this market will now be located at the corner of Pollokshaws Rd and Langside Avenue where Langside Hall and is so it is now best accessed by buses that go via Shawlands Cross and Crossmyloof station, if travelling by train. Once you’ve finished why not pop across the road to the new Butterfly and the pig, who have breathed new life into what was once the dilapidated Corona pub, for food & drinks.
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of month, 10am – 2pm
Queens Park Farmers Market, 5 Langside Avenue, Glasgow G41 2QR
5) Bridgeton Retail Market
This local market selling household goods, clothes and fruit and veg started up fairly recently in 2013 and is held on a week day but if you have the day off we recommend that you check out the WEST brewery & restaurant at Glasgow Green once you’ve done your shopping!
Every Tuesday, 9am – 3pm
Bridgeton Retail Market, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, G40 2QE
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