When did you last have an amazing shopping trip in Edinburgh? Shopping is one of our all time favourite pastimes, but even we get a little weary of wandering around the same old shops. So we like to mix it up a little and go on shopping adventures in the city!
We’ve found that if you dig beyond the traditional shopping areas on Princes Street and George Street you’ll find a treasure trove of delights in the independent shops, boutiques and galleries on every street, in every neighbourhood. You’ve just got to know where to look!
The best way to shop in Edinburgh
If you’re not on the hunt for anything specific, and want to spread your shopping trip over a few hours, then the best way to shop in Edinburgh is to pick an area and stick to it. Take the stress out of darting from one area to the next and make a day of it.
You’ll find lovely shops in every area of the city - and they jostle on the street beside cafes, bars and places of interest so pick somewhere you’d like to try for lunch, a couple of places to sightsee and then pop in and out of the shops as you make your way through your fun afternoon!
For goods made in Edinburgh
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! Read our guide to buying locally made Edinburgh goods.
For luxury labels and big name brands
Shopping in the New Town is the place to go for those ‘must have’ designer items. Pair your shopping trip with a lunch or a few cocktails on George Street for a truly glamorous afternoon out.
For gifts and souvenirs with a Scottish flair
There’s nowhere quite like shopping on the Royal Mile for traditional gifts and treats. There are some very traditional shops here, but if you peek behind the tartan you’ll find some really lovely jewellery, art, clothing and accessories that go way beyond the stereotypes, while embracing Scottish traditions.
For indie gems
Why is everything so much cooler when it’s next to the water? Leith has a personality all of its own - Edinburgh’s quirky wee sister - and the shops reflect that. From markets, to boutiques, to incredible retro and antique stores, you might need more than an afternoon to enjoy everything it has to offer. Shopping in Leith is an adventure, that’s for sure!
For ‘I’ve tried everywhere else’ retailers
Every now and then you need something so specific your brain boggles trying to work out where to buy it. If you’ve got something very specific - you will no doubt find it tucked away in the streets and retail parks of Corstorphine. Sports stores, pram centres, music centres and beauty shops all take their proud place here.
For global groceries
If you’re out and about the West End but need to pick up a foodie ingredient for tea tonight, head on up to the shops in Gorgie and Dalry. Jostling for space on the well-trodden roads of Darly and Gorgie, you’ll find heaps of specialist food shops, supermarkets, bakers and groceries covering cuisine from around the world. And you won’t even need your passport!
For seaside delights
No trip to the beach is complete without a poke around the shops and Portobello has lots of lovely shops to poke around in! As well as the usual sweetie, souvenir and tourist shops, you’ll find beautiful gift shops, galleries, book shops and craft beer & wine stores. Don’t forget to bring a big bag with you!
For everything and more
If you love to make a day of shopping, then head to Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield and Morningside areas and prepare for a busy, happy day of shopping! You will find everything you could possibly need and want here. From specialist food, fashion boutiques, jewellery, books and toys, the choices are endless. One thing you won’t find here is franchise store, so it’s perfect if you love shopping indie.
For trinkets and treasure
Escape the hubbub of the City and head out to the wonderful Queensferry. There’s plenty to keep you busy in this beautiful neighbourhood on the very edge of the city. You’ll find unusual and beautiful jewellery, art, antiques, trinkets and nick-nacks in the shops in Queensferry. If you love nipping in and out of unusual shops and treasure troves, you’re in for a treat, here.
Shopping in Tollcross will unearth a whole heap of vintage and retro treasures. So if you love the thrill of the chase and finding something perfect to add to your quirky home (or as a gift for someone else) - this is your spot. Tollcross has lots of charity shops and vintage emporiums, so if you’ll find plenty of treasure as you make your way through the shops selling vintage fashion, interiors, books and even games and music.
For ethical shoppers
Edinburgh’s Southside has more charity shops than any other area in the city. You’ll find bargains and treasure of all shapes and sizes from books to bookcases, pottery to party clothes and so much more. There’s a sprinkle of vintage and retro shops, too so what you don’t find in Oxfam or Barnardo’s you’ll pick up elsewhere - and all of it goes a long way to reducing your carbon footprint and being more sustainable.
For traditional skills
Shopping in the Grassmarket is an incredible experience. There’s nothing quite like wandering the winding, cobbled streets of this area to make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. The shops here are mostly independent makers and craftspeople. From tweed and vintage fashion, milliners and knitwear to artisan cheese, luxury candles and sheet music. It’s a shopper’s paradise!
Stockbridge is vibrant, creative and bright and the bars, cafes, restaurants and shops in Stockbridge only add to the charm. It’s a thriving neighbourhood, so there’s plenty of neighbourhood essential shops like butchers, cheese and fishmongers, all of outstanding quality. Add in the beautiful galleries, jewellery shops, top-quality charity shops and the incredibly popular Stockbridge Market, you’ll love shopping here.
For amazing shopping - Forever Edinburgh
Wherever you end up on your next shopping adventure, one thing is for sure. Edinburgh has it all. Choose a new area to explore this weekend and we’re sure you’ll discover some real treasure.
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