​The Merchant City is in the heart of Glasgow and boasts an unrivalled, eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, art galleries and heritage attractions. Explore the Merchant City below.

If you want to be adventurous and discover more of Glasgow as part of your trip then take a look at the handy guide book here which is jam packed with shopping, cultural attractions, tours, top tips and must sees!

Travelling to Glasgow 

It’s never been easier to get to Glasgow with the excellent transport links directly to the city. Whether you are intending to travel by plane, train, bus or car, you can find out all the information you require here

Getting around the city

Discover the easiest way to get around Glasgow when you arrive. Our Subway is a fast and efficient way to get around and is ideal for getting to the Merchant City from outwith the city centre. Find out more here


You’ll be spoilt for choice for excellent places to stay in the Merchant City and elsewhere in the city.

The newly refurbished 4 star Fraser Suites Glasgow is proud to support the Merchant City Festival. Relax and enjoy the festival in one of our spacious, well-appointed, luxury studio, one and two bedroom apartments in the heart of the Merchant City. Our serviced apartments are an easy stroll from George Square, the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral and the popular shopping destinations of Buchanan Street and St Enoch Centre. Check rates and availability here 

See more hotels and accommodation situated in the Merchant City here

Glasgow has a variety of hotels, guest houses and B&B accommodation to suit every budget. See what’s on offer here

Restaurants and Bars

Glasgow boasts an eclectic mix of world cuisine as well as speciality Scottish restaurants throughout the city. You’ll be spoiled for choice in the Merchant City where there is an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars to choose from.

Visit Merchant Square and enjoy some quality food & drink in the surroundings of their stunning courtyard.

Check out our great Merchant City Festival restaurant offers here​


The Merchant City

Situated in the heart of Glasgow, The Merchant City is compact and all attractions are within walking distance. See our map below to familiarise yourself with the area before you arrive. Take a look at our Festival Map .

 Festival Map