Official Guide to Edinburgh

Made in Edinburgh: a guide to buying locally made goods

10 December 2020

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Edinburgh’s vibrant shopping scene is full of surprises. There are exciting independent shops and locally made goods to be found all over the city – so let’s enjoy what’s on our doorstep and buy local! 

Below you’ll find a list of shops and producers that bring character to the intriguing wynds and cobbled streets of the city. And remember, when you buy local you are supporting the local economy and helping to keep Edinburgh beautiful, unique and diverse.

Before you dive in, remember that supporting independent businesses doesn’t just stop at buying a gift. If you have time, give them a like, share or comment on their social media with a positive message. You could even share their posts to your story or leave a 5-star review. Their next customer could be one of your followers!

Edinburgh Eats 

 

Root to Market

Root to Market was started by the team behind Fhior restaurant as a response to the sudden closure of the hospitality sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The service delivers high quality, sustainable produce, straight to your door. A great way to buy some of the country’s best produce usually reserved for top restaurants. Check it out!

Twelve Triangles

This artisan bakery specialises in slow fermented sourdough and pastries – all made in Edinburgh. All the jams, custards and fillings are made daily in the bakery, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients wherever possible. With five locations around the city, you’ll find a Twelve Triangles shop near you, or you can order online of course.

Eteaket

Eteaket provides a high quality selection of ethically sourced and innovative loose leaf teas for the tea connoisseur in you. From delicious loose leaf blends to loose leaf tea bags, they also stock a fantastic range of teaware, gifts and vouchers. 

I.J Mellis Cheese

Cheese lovers will absolutely adore the high quality farmhouse cheese on offer at I.J Mellis Cheese. An Edinburgh institution, the farmhouse cheese here differs from mass-produced factory cheese because the milk comes from a single herd rather than several different sources. Artisan cheese at its best!

Easter Greens

Easter Greens is a one stop shop for all your vegan desires. With shops in Leith and Morningside, the team share their passion for food, cooking, the environment and the vegan lifestyle. A handy click and collect service means you can get all your vegan groceries delivered to your door. 

Hanover Healthfood

Possibly the oldest health food store in the world, Hanover Healthfoods began trading in 1904. The expert staff are on hand to offer their wealth of knowledge to help you choose the perfect gift. Want to treat your loved ones to a healthy or an indulgent Christmas? Hanover Healthfoods offers both options!

Edinburgh Beer, Wine & Spirits

Bellfield Brewery

Looking for delicious, classic IPAs, hoppy ales and crisp, refreshing lagers made in Edinburgh? Bellfield Brewery is an independent, passionate and committed team producing all of the above. And you can order online too! Bellfield beers are certified by Coeliac UK and registered with the Vegan Society.

Pilot Beer

Based in cosmopolitan Leith, Pilot Beer offers something different to your regular craft beer. With sensational flavours like peach melba and mochaccino, these tasty little numbers would make the perfect gift for a beer lover. You’ll love the artwork too – very stylish!

Stewart Brewing

Stewart Brewing is one of Scotland's most successful and reputable breweries. Over the years, they have innovated and produced great beer, whilst upholding the traditional ethos of Edinburgh's rich brewing history. Check out their online shop and stock up on fabulous brews.

Holyrood Distillery

New kid on the block Holyrood Distillery is one to look out for if you like whisky or gin. Nestled right beside Holyrood Park, this city-centre distillery is located right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old distilling quarter. Along with bottled spirits you could buy an extra special gift for somebody if you’re feeling generous – an entire cask!

Leith Spirits

Find a range of gin, vodka and rum positively bursting with flavour at Leith Spirits. Traditional recipes take on a modern twist at this trendy distillery. From their headquarters in the heart of Edinburgh’s port district, their creations are inspired by Edinburgh’s rich maritime history. 

Edinburgh Bookshops 

Elvis Shakespeare

Elvis Shakespeare are specialist dealers in rare vinyl and quality literature (the clue’s in the name!). If you love all things punk, alternative and indie, you should definitely check this shop out. Buy with confidence on their online shop or take a trip to Leith and see for yourself.

Armchair Books 

This quirky, quixotic and quaint bookshop in Edinburgh’s West Port is one of those places you’ll never forget if you step inside. Providing all manner of titles for today’s bibliophile you can order online too if you’re unable to make the trip. We love Armchair Books

Golden Hare Books

Golden Hare Books is a charming independent bookshop in the heart of Edinburgh's Stockbridge area. The selection of books on offer is thoughtfully curated by a team of passionate booksellers, with the newest titles in fiction and non-fiction available. Why not buy a gift voucher for someone special?

Lighthouse Books 

Lighthouse Books is a radical independent community bookshop. The shop is an unapologetically activist, intersectional, feminist, antiracist, LGBTQ+ community space. In 2020 this West Nicolson Street institution was nominated Scotland’s Best Independent Bookshop. Buy online or pay a visit. 

McNaughtan’s Bookshop

Established in 1957, McNaughtan's is a second-hand and antiquarian bookshop with a great pedigree. The shop sells (and buys) old and rare books, and the onsite gallery hosts Typewronger Books, offering new books and second-hand typewriters. Check out their website and see if you can find the book you’re looking for.

Edinburgh Clothes & Accessories. 

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Treen

Want to make a positive impact when you shop for stylish fashion? Visit Treen, a vegan fashion retailer, offering a selection of style must-haves from a carefully selected group of brands that are ethical and sustainable. Based in Stockbridge, this is a great place to style out your wardrobe without hurting the planet.

Hi jumper

This Edinburgh online business is shaking up the world jumpers with trendy designs for kids and adults alike. Choose from Highland cow, puffin or dinosaur designs (and more) that will look fetching on the whole family. Visit the Hi Jumper website to find out more.

Kestin Hare

Set in a grade-A listed townhouse on the Shore in Leith, Kestin Hare is a top place to buy fashionable menswear. Along with the Kestin range, the shop stocks a curated selection of UK made products, from jackets and trousers to tees and sweats.

Armstrong’s Vintage

Get that bohemian look down to a tee at Armstrong’s Vintage. Established in 1840, and with three shops situated around Edinburgh, W. Armstrong & Son is one of the UK’s oldest and most loved vintage clothing stores. Choose from an eclectic range of unique vintage clothes and you’ll soon be looking the part!

Hannah Zakari

The perfect place to buy cute accessories, Hannah Zakari is all about indie​ design, with a carefully curated selection of jewellery on offer.​ You can also bag yourself affordable art​ ​prints​, notebooks​, cute greetings cards, enamel​ ​pins​, embroidered patches and more. 

Edinburgh Souvenirs & Crafts

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Mr Wood’s Fossils

If you’re after a unique and timeless gift, have you thought about buying a fossil? Yes, Edinburgh has its own dedicated fossil shop: Mr Wood’s Fossils. Pick up ammonites, trilobites, dinosaur fossils, minerals and meteorites at this fascinating store. Online orders available.

Paper Tiger

Another Edinburgh institution, Paper Tiger has been around since 1981. Pick up cards, stylish stationery, small gifts, toys and books from new and established Edinburgh and UK based artists, all carefully selected. 

Homer

Homer is a quirky shop in Edinburgh’s New Town, set inside a Georgian townhouse. Each room showcases different styles of products, from a library full of books to a bedroom full of designer throws, bed quilts and towels. Not to be missed. 

The Cat’s Miaou 

The Cat's Miaou is an independent gift shop with something for everyone. The shop has a variety of Scottish gifts that you won't find on the high street, such as Harris Tweed flasks and Highland cow keyrings, all made by hand in Scotland.

Cranachan & Crowdie

At Cranachan & Crowdie you’ll find lovely Scottish food and drink souvenirs from thistle-shaped shortbread down to sweet and moreish tablet. They are always looking to introduce small Scottish producers to their customers and even stock Scottish dog treats. Woof!

Scottish Design Exchange

Looking for locally designed and made gifts? Look no further than the Scottish Design Exchange on George St. There's over 100 diverse local artists work on display, including beauty products, jewellery, illustration, homeware, textiles and much more. And every penny you spend goes straight to the artists and directly benefits the local economy.

Bonkers

Looking for the perfect stocking fillers or gifts this Christmas? Bonkers on Hanover Street has a wealth of imaginative options for your loved ones.

Hadeel

Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop aiming to provide a sustainable source of income for craftspeople working with social enterprises in the West Bank, Gaza, Galilee and the Negev. Palestinian handcrafts have always been living examples of ethnic art deeply rooted in Palestinian folklore, they have now become a symbol of the people and their striving for a normal way of life. Hadeel’s work helps to sustain infrastructures, as many of the producer groups also provide health, education and emergency services in their communities which lack any form of local government to do this.

Hamilton & Inches

For over 150 years this store has been at the heart of Edinburgh’s jewellery and craft scene. Granted a Royal Warrant in 1893 it is more than just a beautiful showroom, with two floors of workshops above the impressive George Street shop. Instrumental in the setup of Edinburgh College of Art, Hamilton & Inches continues to invest in the future of craft via the Hamilton & Inches Academy, fostering talent amongst the next generation of craftspeople.

Varsity Music

A well thought gift from Varsity Music in their colourful Southside store is sure to stike the right note. Edinburgh's longest running family-owned music store has over 50 years of experience in music retail and is packed with a wide variety of musical instruments and accessories. 

 

 These are just a few of the local shops that grace Edinburgh’s streets. Drop a message on social if you know of any others that deserve a mention - all our channels are linked below. Stay safe and buy local.