The range of retail options on offer in Edinburgh is wide and eclectic. You’ll find all of the ubiquitous chain stores that you would expect to see in any modern capital, but there are also some independent gems that are well worth seeking out. In this round up we’ll take you on a journey from the main shopping destinations and malls through to some of the more peculiar and lesser known stores.
Princes Street is the main thoroughfare of the city and it offers wonderful views of the castle and beautiful gardens to sit in, perfect for a picnic lunch when the weather permits. You’ll find the main shopping malls (the St. James Shopping Center and the Waverley Shopping Center) close by but for a real treat don't miss Edinburgh's oldest department store Jenner’s.
At the other end of the scale, Edinburgh is home to some of the best independent boutiques in Scotland, perfect if you want to pick up something a little different. For an unusual gift why not visit Mr Wood’s Fossils in the Grassmarket for earrings formed from a pair of ammonites or a dinosaur tooth.
Epicureans will be spoiled for choice with some of the fantastic specialist food and drink retailers in the capital, but those in the know make a bee line for Cranachan & Crowdie on the Royal Mile to find delicious Scottish produce.