Merchant City is my favourite part of Glasgow, known for its stylish bars and fine dining. At the heart of the area, Merchant Square is a renovated Victorian courtyard which is home to some of the city’s best cocktail bars and eateries.
Originally built as part of Glasgow’s Fruit Market in the 1800’s, the charming building has always been a focal point in the Merchant City. Inside the courtyard, you will find cobbled pavements and wooden benches and the tall arched ceiling above is draped in small fairy lights which illuminate at night.
It is packed at weekends and there is a great buzz in the place which spills out into the courtyard from its restaurants and bars. If you are sitting in the bistro style seats of one of the trendy cocktail bars at night you could be forgiven for thinking you are sitting outside, underneath the stars.
During the day, the Square adopts a more family friendly feel and also holds weekly craft fairs with traders selling hand crafted goods such as cards, photography, candles and boutique cupcakes.