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Being A Tourist For The Day.


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Although I like to travel and plan trips and explore new cities vigorously, when it comes to my own city I fall short on discovering new places! I guess it’s just like that when it’s your home city, especially if you’re a bit of a hermit (as I am…).

Jordan and I made a promise to spend a day checking out new places in Glasgow, and we finally got the chance last week. The rain was off for the day – a rare treat! – and we both had a spare minute to check out the city. Of course, we wanted to pack in as much as possible, and I think we achieved it…

Visa challenged me to be unstoppable for the day; armed with Visa and Android Pay and an entire day ahead of me, I was on a mission to find three autumn outfits in three hours, and then to spend the day packing in as much as possible! Paying with Visa using Android Pay allows contactless payment in one quick tap, wherever you see the symbol – which means I was able to checkout effortlessly as I went.

I’ve said before that I’m terribly impatient, and will often avoid the city altogether as I’m not a fan of queues or crowds, so this was the perfect way to embrace the bustle.


The first stop? A little look around Oliver Bonas for autumn accessories! I lusted over all the homeware, then the scarves, the clothing, the cards, and finally reached what I was after; the jewellery!

I spied a pastel necklace on Instagram last week and I had to have it. The shop was crazy busy, but I managed to check out in seconds thanks to using Visa and Android Pay – one tap and it was paid for!

We had a quick wander down Buchanan Street so I could pop in to all my faves – Space NK for hair bits, Zara for a top and hair scarf, H&M for… just about everything really. I managed not to buy everything, but it wasn’t easy. Before long, I’d gathered up three adorbs outfits for the new season!


I promised Jordan coffee at a new cool pop-up in Royal Exchange Square, he’s been talking about Papercup Coffee Company for so long, and he lured me in with two words – “it’s Instagrammable”.

We both chose flat whites and sipped them while taking in the store – it was definitely worthy of an Instagram or five.

We spent so long looking around Royal Exchange Square, there were so many new shops and restaurants that had cropped up since I was last here – if you’re not from Glasgow, I really recommend checking it out.


After all that shopping and exploring, we were in need of a late lunch! We jumped on the train to Finnieston (paying contactless of course, way.too.easy) and headed to Ox & Finch. I recommend this place to everyone that comes to Glasgow, it’s incredible for a relaxed lunch or dinner.

Jordan had never been, so I was excited for him to experience the tapas-style plates of incredibly presented food. Seriously, you’re going to want to make sure you have space on your phone for all the photos you’re about to take!


Finally, we headed back into the centre for a little browse around the Gallery of Modern Art – there’s always a few incredible exhibitions on here and it’s free entry (although I can rarely resist the gift shop!).

Go in the afternoon and wait until the twinkly fairy lights turn on outside in the square – it’s magical!

I talked Jordan in to grabbing a cocktail at the Social before heading home. The drinks in here are next level, the candyfloss cocktail looked like it would keep me on a sugar buzz for weeks, so I opted for Cherry Godfather instead which was delish! Jordan was pleased to see I was paying, and ordered another round…

After a busy day, we were insanely tired and it was time to head home. Thanks to Visa and Android Pay for giving us an excuse to be tourists in our own city.

They’re also giving you the chance to win your own unstoppable day with a £1000 shopping spree competition! Just pay with Visa using Android Pay and click here to enter – good luck!

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Has this inspired you to be a tourist in your own city?

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  • Farzana Mannan

    Lovely writeup Kate! Definitely going to check some of these places out when I am next in Glasgow.

  • Sounds like a great day – I need to get to Glasgow next time I’m in the UK! That food looks so delicious!

    tessa at bramble & thorn.

  • Ashley Christabelle

    This sounds like a perfect day for you and Jordan! Yeah, sometimes it’s just nice to be a tourist in your own city. x

  • This looks such a fun shopping day, always enjoy seeing your days out 🙂 Glasgow is one of the places I’d really like to visit in the UK and I have such a long list of recommendations now!

  • Haha, “it’s Instagrammable”, I love that 🙂 Food looks good!

  • I love this post! X

  • Glasgow is high on my list of places to visit in the UK so I’ll definitely be revisiting these tips x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Sounds like you had lots of fun. Thank you for sharing. I love how you wrote it, I almost feel like I have been there. Maybe someday, who knows?!

    Deni | Beauty & Plus size

  • Sounds like a fun challenge!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • i think its so funny that we tend to forget to be a tourist in our own places sometimes. there are a million places i have never been to in berlin and i really have to make an effort to enjoy my city just a little bit more.

  • I need to do this in Leeds- there is so much to see I just never get a chance! 🙂

  • Zara Collings

    Ooh papercup coffee company looks yum! Glasgow is my nearest city so I’m there all the time so I can’t wait to check this one out when I’m home from Germany at Christmas – thanks for sharing it!! Xo

  • Lovely to be a tourist in your own city! I love to do that too! Beautiful pictures!

  • Love your outfit! I really want to visit UK!

    Kate x |

  • Aw, this is such a good idea! I sometimes really try to see my town through a “tourist eye”, to go to places and shops I normally wouldn’t and to just soak it all in. It can really be such a change of perspective.

    Adele //

  • Lauren Kerr

    I love seeing posts like this about Glasgow because it means I can actually visit some of the places, ha! Papercup sounds fab! I may have to visit at some point this week followed by a wee visit to GOMA, Its my favourite place to go when I have an hour to kill in between lectures, stops me spending all my money in the shops haha!

  • Such beautiful photographs! I love your shoes, they’re adorable 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Those cocktails look delish! I’m loving your biker jacket as well.

    Carrie |

  • I love so many things on the Oliver Bonas website. I don’t live close to their real life shops and I wish I did!

  • Looks like you had an amazing day, and that lunch looks soooo good!

    – Natalie

  • Charlotte

    Sounds like an incredible day, Edinburgh is definitely on my to-do list. Plus GIRL totally feeling you with hitting Oliver Bonas first 🙌🏻💁🏻

    Charlotte | Two Cats One Flat

  • Sometimes you can find amazing places on your own doorstop! Sounds like you had a lovely day and spent some quality time together 🙂 I love what you’re wearing by the way, the jacket and shoes are a dreamy combo! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  • Always a god thing to do a little adventure in our own towns! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Jen

    That lunch, though! Being a tourist in our own city is one of my (and my boyfriend’s) favorite things to be! What a fun experience. x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Wow, all of these photos are so Instagram-worthy! <3 🙂 And yes, sometimes being tourist in your own city can lead to so many new discoveries!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • That lunch place sounds incredible! Next time I’m in Scotland, I must visit Glasgow!

  • Maggie

    Those shoes are adorable! Always so fashionable.