As a confirmed bibliophile, bookshops and libraries have a special place in my heart. I feel a deep sense of peace and of belonging whenever I walk through their doors.
One of my favourite bookshops in Glasgow is the Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street. It’s Scotland’s largest bookstore and it really is a little oasis in the centre of town. Only it’s not so little, there are five glorious floors for book lovers to lose themselves in for days at a time. The store used to be La Scala cinema until 1984 and it still retains the iconic stained glass window you can see below.
Yesterday I took my grandson for his first official bookshop visit, at 17 months old, I reckoned it was time for him to make his first official purchase!
Half of the second floor is devoted to children, with something for all ages, it’s a great place to introduce your kids to the world of books. With babies and toddlers books and games to young adult readers, there is something here to suit everyone’s taste. Usually the shop has a tent and playthings out for the kids to play on, but as it was just after the Christmas break, these weren’t out when we visited. However, there are plenty of seating areas and tables to read or draw at. Children are encouraged to look at the books and toys on display and you can spend a good while here choosing what to buy. I tried my hardest to persuade my grandson to choose a Gruffalo related item, he loves this story, but Peppa Pig won out yesterday…well the book did have wheels on it…a major attraction for him!
The second floor also has, probably the best ever, Harry Potter themed area. Lovingly recreated by the staff there is a whole section which has been transformed into a Harry Potter common room. With a dressing up trunk, Hedwig owls, spell books, cauldrons and an endless choice of books and merchandise, this is the perfect chill out zone for Harry Potter fans of all ages!
With two cafes, one in the basement and one on the top floor, plenty of space for coffee and cake! The basement cafe is my favourite space for some writing too. The top floor cafe also boasts a bar and event space, check out the events page to see some top author events. Check out the website or Facebook page for all events, and don’t forget, they are not just for grown ups, there are loads of kids events on in-store too! They also hold a monthly quiz for book lovers too!
Four other floors are filled with books on every subject you could imagine, from self help, to cookery, to reference, photography, biography, academia, religion, humour, sports and of course, my personal favourite, crime fiction, it really is no lie to say you could spend a whole day here and still not want to leave!
The staff team are super helpful from their organisation of author events to helping you find a book you are looking for, or indeed a book you never even knew you were looking for, don’t just take my word for it, why not pop in and see for yourself!
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I’d love to hear about your favourite bookshop, or indeed any memories you might have of Waterstones Sauchiehall Street.