I only lived there for four years, but Glasgow is still my favourite city in the world. It's cheap, for one thing – particularly compared to London, where buying a pint first requires you to secure an overdraft extension – but, more than that, it's a city with its own sense of humour. I remember a time at Glasgow airport when a stern security guard left his post and strode towards a tourist clutching a large souvenir multipack of Walkers. The tourist looked terrified and we all held our breath, only for the security guard to look him up and down and ask 'You got enough crisps there, aye?' in a deadpan drawl before winking at us and sloping back to his desk.
While Edinburgh, with its selection of landmarks, Michelin-starred restaurants and world-famous festival attracts more than its fair share of tourists, Glasgow is hugely underrated as a holiday destination. Alongside its beautiful parks, museums and breathtaking architecture (in the West End alone you'll find Alexander 'Greek' Thomson buildings rubbing shoulders with work from George Gilbert Scott and Charles Rennie Mackintosh) the city has a food and drink scene as lively as its inhabitants. Read on for some of the best places to eat, drink and shop in Scotland's largest city.