Shopping in Southside

Newington Shops

Vintage, antiques and second-hand

Whether you're watching your carbon footprint, hunting for bargains, or cherishing a bygone era, there are loads of reasons to shop second-hand, and Newington can cater to all of them.

For second-hand books, Tills Bookshop is a family run business with comfy seats and a cosy fire. Oxfam and Barnardos bookshops let you support a good cause whilst stocking up on reading material.



For antique or reclaimed furniture you're spoiled for choice. Check out Vintage & Reclaimed, Patrick Buckley Antiques, Courtyard Antiques, and Miss Polly's Attic.

The Newington branch of Armstrong's is a great spot for vintage fashions and a good browse. Music aficionados and vinyl lovers could lose hours hunting for treasures in Backbeat Records.

Drinks and groceries

The eco-friendly mindset can feed into your grocery shopping habits too! Visit The Refillery with a load of empty jars and bottles to stock up on cupboard staples, packaging free. They have a wide range of groceries from ethical brands.



If you're looking for specific ingredients to recreate your favourite takeaway at home, Starlight Chinese Supermarket or Superior Oriental may have what you need.

And if you're not spending your evening enjoying one of Newington's excellent pubs, you might fancy a carry out from Bottle Baron or WoodWinters. Between them they have a great selection of craft beers, carefully sourced wines, and fantastic whisky, gin and other spirits.

All kinds of fun and games

Whether you’re beginning your journey into the world of music, or are a seasoned performer, musicians are sure to hit the right note in this area of the city. As Edinburgh's longest running family-owned music store with over 50 years of experience in music retail, Varsity Music sell a wide variety of musical instruments and accessories, as well as providing professional musical instrument repair and restoration, so you’ll be back to note-perfect in no time at all. With some of the best range of traditional musical instruments in Edinburgh, Scayles Music buy and sell a huge and impressive selection, from the well-known, like guitars and flutes, to the weird and wonderful, such as bouzoukis and dulcimers.



If you discovered the delights of dressmaking, quilting or crafting during lockdown, you’ll find an extensive supply of fabric, buttons, trimmings and everything you need for creating the perfect project at Edinburgh Fabrics.

For a truly unique gift, The Meadows Pottery is a great place for finding something special. Pots, mugs, jugs, bowls, vases, and teapots to colanders, goblets, garlic pots, saltcrocks, candleholders, cheesebells and planters, even the occasional five-gallon teapot! Everything is handthrown on the potter’s wheel and made on the premises.



Roll up, roll up! Ever dreamed of joining the circus? Cascade Juggling could be your first step towards stardom. Initially catering for jugglers, they have since expanded and today stock all kinds of magic and playing cards. Or for true escapism, Black Lion Games is a treasure trove of roleplaying games, collectible card games and board games. Just as the name suggests, Any Costume stock all kinds of fancy dress for adults and kids. Themed, fantasy, historical – who do you want to be?