253 Argyle Street | Glasgow G2 8DL
It’s difficult to see the Arches as anything other than, well, The Arches. The trailblazing arts venue/theatre/beating heart of the Glasgow nightclub scene was shut down for a mix of reasons in 2015, which certainly sounds much longer ago than the wound feels, but Platform is an efficient and clever use of the space.
The weekly street food market features a changing selection of traders who you might have seen at other foodie popups; vegan favourites Freddie and Hicks are regulars, as are Babu Bombay Street Kitchen. The food is pretty affordable, with plates priced between £4-10, meaning you can mix and match from different cuisines and wash it all down with a drink of pretty much whatever you fancy from the well-stocked bar.
A fortnightly market doubles the whole thing in size and opens up a spot for local artists, collectors and even pet portrait photographers to display their wares. Funds raised from the market's £2 entry fee go towards helping restore Scotland’s only Banksy mural, which was sadly painted over in grey emulsion when the Arches shut down, with a digital projection showing the progress of that heartening restoration. You get the feeling the place is back in safe hands now.