Medieval Glasgow meets the prosperous merchants of the tobacco trade in the Merchant City. Some of the city's most important Georgian and Victorian buildings are found here, many of them built by the tobacco merchants. Their names are recorded in its streets, like Ingram Street, whose City and County buildings were built in 1842 to house civil servants and Glassford Street. The lanes off the principal thoroughfares hide many glorious buildings, but you should look up to
find them. Today the area is noted for its trendy eateries and for the designer stores that line Ingram Street. Many of Glasgow's young and upwardly mobile make their home here, in converted buildings ranging from warehouses to the old Sheriff's Court. Shopping here is expensive, but the area is worth visiting if you're seeking the youthful Glasgow style. Stick to well-lit, well-traveled areas after sunset.