Though often spoken of as the grittier, industrial counterpart to historic and regal Edinburgh, Glasgow has its own unique charms. You can find the Art Nouveau buildings of architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in several neighborhoods,; in addition toalong withand there is a noteworthy clubbing, art and music scenes in many parts of the city. The three main residential neighborhoods are the West End, Merchant City and South Side. Distinctly different in their personalities, each of them nevertheless is a good place to call home.
West End: Although there are no definite boundaries as tofor where the of the West End is, most people consider it the areacount anywhere between the M8 pass at Charing Cross station , stretching to and Partick in the West. Undoubtedly, this is the top spot for students, with the gothic spires of Glasgow University serving as the centre landmark of the area. The area has some of the nicest preserved tenement buildings in Scotland. Comprised of many smaller neighborhoodsMade up of many smaller areas which could have their own section devoted to them, the West End exudesis marked by its vintage, bohemian chic. Boutique cafés, retro clothing stores, ethnic grocery shopping and leafy parks fill this quarter.
Although many people do move here permanently after falling in love with the atmosphere, much of the population changes with the seasons as students come and go, keeping the area vibrant and exciting. Although slightly more expensive than neighborhoods in other areas of the city, the West End’s proximity to the city centre and some of the Glasgow’scity’s best museums and nightlife more than make up for the difference.
Merchant City: Fast becoming a popularnother student dwelling district for the more cosmopolitan set and those attending Strathclyde University on the city’s Eastern side, Merchant City offers more modern apartment buildings in one of the oldest parts of the city. This area, just to the East of the center, has preserved some of the oldest and most impressive landmarks inof Glasgow including the Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis and the Provand’s Lordship to the north and the Glasgow Cross to the South near the River Clyde.
Historically, this area was home to wealthy tobacco merchants, and the grandeur of thise bygone era is apparent in the architecture. Now a trendy area for young professionals and students, Glasgowthe city is right on your doorstep with great shopping, eating and drinking.
South Side: More residential than either the West End or Merchant City, the South Side is for those who want a quieter environment with easy access to the City Centre through the Subway and railway system. With a less diverse demographic than other areas of Glasgow, there are more parks and a suspiciously high number of golf courses close by. However, this is not to say that Govan can be compared to Pollokshields, as any Glasgow resident can tell you, and the area has differences from neighborhood to neighborhood.
The South Side has some of the biggest and most established ethnic minority populations in Scotland and so, of course, there is also great food. The area is popular with young professionals and those with young families who appreciate for the best of both worlds the area can offer: suburban life with city proximity.