Being a popular residential area, the shops in Tollcross offer a good cross-section of everyday needs, from food & drink to bike repairs. But scattered throughout you’ll also find some hidden gems, including vintage records and art shops.
Food & Drink
If you’re looking to know more about special diets or how to live in a greener and more eco-friendly way, with over 40 years’ experience under their belts, the friendly and helpful staff at Real Foods will point you in the right direction, while Saundersons Butchers have been providing the people of Tollcross with locally sourced high-quality meat for over 60 years.
If you fancy bringing a taste of Mexico to your kitchen, head to Lupe Pintos where you can stock up on hard to find Mexican and North & Central American ingredients, from red hot chillies to outrageously hot sauces.
The motto at Hoochie Coochie is “life’s too short to wear boring clothes” and at this bright and colourful shop you’ll find a dazzling array of unique and trendy fashions for men, women & children.
Got an item of clothing that you no longer want? Shrub Coop run a fantastic zero waste hub where pre-loved clothing can be swapped, donated or bought (they also stock books, shoes, bags, bric-a-brac and household items), and for those occasions when only the most glamourous of dresses will do, Pink Bear have a gorgeous selection of prom, evening wear and couture dresses to choose from.
If you need to add some sparkle to your outfit, Uta's Joolz stock an ever-changing selection of hand-crafted silver jewellery made by talented designers from across the world, all of which come in a range of prices to suit all budgets.
For a truly electric range of pre-loved music, games & equipment, Backtracks have it all, while if you’re looking for a sleek new home entertainment system, James-Morrow have this under one roof. Games should be sure to head to Mox in the Hole for competitively priced games.
Bring the outdoors indoors with a trip to Grow Urban. With two shops in the city, this one on nearby Grove Street is a heaven for both green-fingered people and for those who need a bit of guidance from their helpful staff, or fill your home with beauty with essential oils, natural candles and more from ethical and sustainable gift and homeware shop, Dandelion & Ginger.
Crafts & Gifts
If you’ve got a hankering to get crafty, Tollcross has a great range of art & craft shops. The Edinburgh Art Shop has everything the aspiring artist needs, from paint & canvases to printmaking ink & tools, while at The Gallery Beadshop you can choose from a fabulous selection of beads, as well as pick up all the beading necessities, such as wires & tools. If you need to stock up on any kind of haberdashery items, myBearpaw is packed with a lovely range of fabric and yarns – they also run regular craft classes where you can brush up on your crochet, knitting, patchwork, embroidery, and sewing machine skills – while Pins & Needles, as the names suggests, sell a wide selection of knitting patterns, crochet patterns and dressmaking patterns.
The area is home to several bike shops. Soul Cycles is an independent, ethically-minded shop who sell new and used bikes, both modern and vintage. Nearby at Fountainbridge is both Evans Cycles who have a large range of new bikes, including electric ones and Biketrax, who stock folding models and mountain bikes, as well as offering repairs and servicing.
With stores throughout Scotland, Run4It aim to inspire everyone to improve their fitness, health and wellbeing through running. Selling an extensive range of road & trail running shoes, clothing and accessories, they also offer a shoe fitting service.