For the boutique and unique, visit Coburg House, a hub of artists, designers and makers, with a gallery hosting exhibitions and local artistry, along with a shop where you'll find pieces crafted by more than eighty local artists.
If you're looking to treat someone special (or yourself!), Petals by the Shore have a lovely range of affordable bespoke flowers, while Flux gift shop have a delightful range of homewares, books, gifts and children's clothing, as well as their own brand candles, which smell divine. Destined for Home is an interior and gift studio which has a unique range of items that you simply won’t find on the High Street – ideal if you’re looking for a special present. As a bonus, you’ll also be guaranteed a warm welcome from Harvey the dog!
Craft Beer lovers should be sure to visit Beets Leith – as well as offering all the latest craft beers, they also stock a range of spirits and wine, and will happily provide help with choosing, if required.
Moving away from the Shore, Leith Walk is lined with antique shops, charity shops and second-hand book shops, meaning you may need to consider devoting some real time delving into treasure trove after treasure trove of rare and unique items.
At Canderson's Sweet Shop you'll find everything from old fashioned sweets in a jar to retro goody bags - you're guaranteed to have all your sweet-needs catered for. Lovella have beauty treats, candles and gifts in their charming salon, while The Cats Miaou is home to a whole host of fair-trade clothes and jewellery, ethical gifts, and Leith exclusives.
(Image: Canderson's Sweet Shop)
Elvis Shakespeare and Vinyl Villains may appeal to keen record collectors, while Gamesmasters Games Exchange is spot on for all your video game needs. Typewronger Books is a cosy wee gem, open for browsing or online orders and full to bursting with books of all kinds. For the model railway enthusiast (and for one of the best toy shopping experience in Edinburgh) a visit to Harburn Hobbies is a must.
Not forgetting our furry friends, you can be sure that all your pets need will be well catered for at Dofos - a family run business since its establishment in 1953, they know a thing or two about looking after man’s best friend.
When it comes to food shopping, Leith really has something for all tastes. The area is home to a variety of shops from around the globe, allowing you the chance to try something different every night of the week!
If Italian delicacies gets your mouth watering, be sure to visit Valvona and Crolla, Scotland's oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant. One of Europe's original Specialist Food Shops, they were founded in 1934 and today have an extensive online shop as well as an inviting shop at the top of Leith Walk. You’ll be sure to walk away with a basket full of goodies. For a superb selection of Mediterranean delights, Akdeniz Mediterranean Supermarket ticks all the boxes. Leith Walk boosts not one, but two Chinese supermarkets (PCY Oriental and Hing Sing). For a taste of Africa and the Caribbean, MaDeb African Shop is definitely worth a visit.