Edinburgh has a wonderfully vibrant independent shopping scene. As you explore our hidden closes and streets, you’re bound to find some of the most unique and interesting boutiques in the country. Here are just a handful of our favourites…
Searching for the perfect fitting jeans can be a real challenge. Thankfully that’s where ALC comes in.
This Thistle Street boutique, Edinburgh’s first store specialising in women’s denim, aims to make finding the perfect pair of jeans possible. With a huge range of exclusive brands and the expert knowledge of its staff, you’ll be able to pick from a carefully chosen selection and find those longed-for jeans that match your shape. So relax, that perfect pair of jeans is closer than you think!
Think hats are something that can only be worn in the winter months – think again!
Fabhatrix makes hats for every kind of hat lover. Their friendly and helpful staff offer specialist knowledge of sizing, styles and materials. Specialising in designs and quality materials that can’t be found on the high street, all their hats are handmade on-site, so you’re sure to find something perfect. Go on – treat your head to something new this season.
The Leith Collective
Showcasing the work of 300+ artists from across Scotland, all of whom strive to use recycled materials, The Leith Collective is a great place to shop if you’re looking for a unique gift.
With two shops in Edinburgh – Ocean Terminal at Leith and Fort Kinnaird Retail Park – shop everything from cushions and cards to soaps and sunhats.
With two shops to choose from, discover houseplants, plant pots, plant care and more at Grow Urban.
These dog-friendly shops are a lovely place to browse and shop if you’re looking to bring the outdoors indoors. Choose from foliage, succulents, trailing, air purifying plants and everything in-between. They even serve locally roasted coffee and cakes to enjoy whilst choosing your botanical purchases.
Mr Wood’s Fossils
For over 30 years, Mr Wood’s Fossils in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket has been the place to go for an incredible range of fossils, minerals and meteorites.
The shop has earned an international reputation for its collection of ammonites, trilobites and dinosaur fossils which have been sourced from around the world. For would-be geologists who want to know more about any of the items in the shop, their friendly staff are always on hand to offer their knowledge and expertise.
With a name like Marshmallow Lady there’s no great surprise as to what you can find here!
Taking the humble marshmallow to new levels, this small shop offers an ever-changing range of squishy delicious treats, such as chocolate mousse, candy floss and After Eight flavour.
And as the perfect accompaniment – they also serve hot chocolate and toasted marshmallow milkshakes.
This charming little homeware shop in Stockbridge is full of beautiful furniture, textiles and gifts.
However, what makes Homer really special is the way it is laid out. Set in a Georgian townhouse, it has five rooms each circulating around a different theme of the house – the library, bedroom, kitchen, living room and shed are all covered. This is the ideal place to get that perfect gift or find that something special to make your mark on your own home.
Those Were The Days Vintage
Tucked away down a few steps on St Stephen Street, Those Were The Days Vintage is one of Edinburgh’s best vintage clothing stores.
Step into this haven for one-of-a-kind clothing, jewellery and accessories. With an outstanding collection of 1920s to 1990s vintage wear, an afternoon here is an afternoon well spent!
One thing which separates this boutique from the rest is their vintage bridal wear. The showroom is filled with rare gowns, tiaras, dresses and suits – perfect for any modern-day bride wishing to fully embrace a bygone era.
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