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Glasgow is a city full of surprises. It is well served by an international airport and offers a wide choice of very good restaurants and pubs. There are also a couple of big bookshops which stay open late (10pm) and late shopping (well, 7pm) on Thursday evening.
Amber Regent
West Regent Street
The Amber Regent is an authenic Cantonese restaurant, and is one of the best restaurants I have ever been fortunate enough to eat in. This is definitely one of my all-time favourites and is worth a visit. More...
West Nile Street
Yes is a smart looking restaurant that serves slightly nouvelle food. The menu consists of around ten dishes, which will suit most tastes. The food and wine are both excellent, the only fault I have is that I somehow can't help looking for barcodes on the furniture - it's rather like sitting in Ikea! Set price for either two or three courses (some dishes have a suplimental charge).
Cafe Gandolfi
Albion Street
Cafe Gandolfi offers a similar menu to Yes, but with a slightly Scottish twist. Excellent food and wine, but a little bit of a walk from the center of the city.
Cafe Rouge
Italian Center
Another excellent member of the Cafe Rouge chain of French restaurants. The Italian Center is worth a visit and Cafe Rouge looks out into the middle of it. A very pleasant meal, served by a pleasant owner for a pleasantly surprising price.
Miller Street
A fairly new restauant is Cha, which opened in August 1998, and offers a similar menu to Yes and Cafe Gandolfi, but is a little pricier. If you go early, there is a pre-theatre menu which offers great value. The food and service were excellent. Around 18 GBP for two courses and a glass of wine.
Glasgow Thistle
Cambridge Street
The Glasgow Thistle is like Thistle Hotels everywhere and offers a welcoming stay towards the center of town. Rooms come with satellite TV and all mod cons. If you manage a "Double" room you might like to ask for a map to find your way around it - they are pretty spacious. Breakfast offers quite a choice, though well stocked, the cooked breakfast is sadly a pre-cooked afair. Pleasant staff and reliable Taxi ordering service makes it a nice place to stay.
Glasgow Marriott
Argyll Street
If you've stayed in a Marriott anywhere in the world, then you'll know what to expect and the Glasgow Marriott is no exception. Rooms are well featured, though feel a little smaller than they are owing to the King Size bed. The Marriott has a pool, sauna and gym which are free to hotel guests. Slightly let down by location, poor service and luke-warm pre-cooked breakfast, which could be better for the price! Hopefully this will improve when the refurbishments to the breakfast bar are finished later this year - it promises a Mediteranean feel - lets hope the Glasgow weather doesn't spoil the effect!
Sauchiehall Street
This is one of the largest Waterstones I have ever visited and offers a lot more than books. On the top floor you will find an Inernet Cafe for 2.50 GBP per half hour and a coffee shop in the basment. A useful touch is their computerised book search facility which you can operate yourself. A nice place on a cold wet evening, as it stays open till about 10pm.
Buchanan Street
Borders is an international chain of bookstores and offers a similarly large choice of books to Waterstones. Also on offer are CDs, stationary and a comprehensive selection of magazines, including a good many US imports which are not easy to get hold of. The first floor coffee shop overlooks the ground floor and offers a nice place to eat, drink and read.
The Old Printworks
Off George Square
Pubs are not often my scene when travelling alone, but The Old Printworks off George Square offers proper Hoegaarden in proper Hoegaarden glasses. A good selection of other beers and food is also on offer.
11 Bath Street
There seems to be a lack of decent computer shops in the city center (PC World is out a bit), so I was very pleased when ComCal saved my life with a cable I needed.
Getting about...
  The main means of transportation is by Taxi, which are the usually London style black cab and can be hailed easily in the street or picked up from one of the numerous taxi ranks.   Glasgow has an International Airport, which is well provided for by special airport taxis, though if it's raining, you'll get a bit damp hopping from the covered walkway to the them.   There is also a pretty good train system, but I haven't had the chance to ride it.   The city center area is pretty walkable, though there are a few areas to steer clear of late a night.