Alva Street Shops

Shopping in Edinburgh’s West End

The heart of West End shopping can be found along in two picturesque streets, William Street and Stafford Street. This cobbled oasis of independent retailers and stylish boutiques features an eclectic mix of big brand and independent retailers.


Looking for something new for your wardrobe? For the man about town, Frontiers Man is a fantastic men’s clothing store and womenswear boutiques such as Oska and Frontiers Woman offer a range of high-quality clothing and accessories, all with a distinct and unique style.

If your favourite piece of clothing is in need of some TLC, West End Tailor offer clothing alterations and repairs as well as a made-to-measure service.

Gifts and homewares

Paper Tiger

For a gift for someone special, pop into Lily Luna designer jewellery store or find a beautiful bouquet in Rogue Flowers.

With particular emphasis on work you will not find elsewhere, UNION Gallery offers a fantastic exhibiting, viewing and buying experience. Similarly, Gallery Ten is a contemporary art gallery that showcases some of the best local and international artists. From paintings to sculptures, you’ll find a wide range of art on display here, all with a unique and modern aesthetic.

Gorgeous bespoke jewellery, handmade and hallmarked in Edinburgh, can be found in Jewellery by Liam Ross, while Denzil Skinner & Partners use their design expertise to revitalise old and unworn jewellery to create fabulous new designs.

Find a card for every occasion in Paper Tiger, as well as an exciting range of Edinburgh-inspired gifts, while everything you need for work, home and learning can be found at Ryman Stationery.

Always craved an AGA cooker? AGA Edinburgh has a comprehensive collection of AGA cookers to suit every home and lifestyle.

A little me time

The West End offers a wealth of places to relax and unwind or indulge in an advanced treatment.

Charlie Miller offers the highest levels of hairdressing – relax in the hands of friendly stylists who’ll listen and interpret your needs before creating your new style. Ruffians is an award-winning barber, with a variety of treatments on offer from an express 15 minute beard trim, to a full 60 minute restyle.

Located in Edinburgh’s West End, Agitate is both a gallery and bookshop, offering a diverse range of products such as journals, books, prints and photography books. Keep and eye on their events page for upcoming events, which includes reading groups and film clubs.

Breath-works offers a range of treatments and classes including yoga, mindful meditation, aromatherapy massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Indian head massage, spiritual mentoring and counselling.

Located roughly a ten minute walk from Edinburgh city centre, Fopp is the perfect shop if you’re looking for a great selection of music, films and books at amazingly low prices. Keep an eye out for their seasonal sales and you’re sure to find something you’ll love for less.

Why not get lost in a story? Cornerstore Book Shop offers a range of books and gifts for all ages, all with a religious theme. With its knowledgeable and friendly staff, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for here.

Discover all shops in the West End

Enjoy an an eclectic mix of big brand and independent retailers in the West End.