Shop in Comfort at One of Edinburgh’s Welcoming Malls



The shopping mall was originally an American concept. Large complexes with a variety of shopping, eating and leisure opportunities sprang up all over the states during the 1950s. It wasn’t long before the UK followed suit, although Edinburgh was a little behind the trend with most of the space in the city center already in service.

In the 1970s the old Scottish Government building at the end of Princes Street was adapted to form the St James Center. Although the building itself is rather uninspiring, the St James Center has remained very popular, in part because it curls around the well-loved department store John Lewis.

Over the years small shopping centers began to spring up outside the congested city center. A new development in the 1980s and 1990s saw large retail parks appear around the outskirts of the city, particularly at Fort Kinnaird which boasts an impressive range of shops and services and its own cinema. With more space to expand, and almost unlimited free parking, the larger brands jumped at the chance to show their wares to an enthusiastic public. Meanwhile the largest covered shopping center Edinburgh had ever seen was constructed at the Gyle.

Whether you are looking for home furnishings, electrical goods, stylish clothing, or pet supplies you will find exactly what you are looking for in one of the shopping malls or retail parks in our list. Happy shopping!




Located just outside Edinburgh on the A701, close to Loanhead, Straiton Retail Park is home to some great stores for furnishing your home. You can pick up carpets, beds and a wide assortment of other interesting furniture. Then perhaps choose...  Read More




Sitting between Telford Road and Craigleith Road, only three miles from the center of Edinburgh, Craigleith Retail Park is a great place to go to escape the bustle of the city center and indulge in a bit of shopping. There are some great fashion...  Read More




The Omni Center is located at the top of Leith Walk and the end of Princes Street, handy for the center of town and very easy to access from all over Edinburgh. It does not have any retail outlets, but instead focuses on providing great...  Read More




Multrees Walk is an open air shopping venue which is home to some of Edinburgh's most exclusive and desirable fashion brands. Nestling behind the St James Center and connecting with St Andrews Square in the heart of the city, it is the perfect...  Read More




This is the first shopping mall that most visitors will find because it sits right next to Waverley train station at the East end of Princes Street. It was officially opened by the Queen as Waverley Market back in 1985 but it has undergone a...  Read More




Cameron Toll is a shopping mall situated a mere one and a half miles from the center of Edinburgh. A wide variety of high street stores are clustered around a large outlet of Sainsbury's supermarket and there is a petrol station in the car park...  Read More




This is actually Edinburgh's largest shopping center with over 70 shops, a cinema, a spa, a gym, lots of cafes and restaurants and the popular tourist attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia. It is a short bus or taxi ride from the center of town...  Read More




You can hardly fail to miss the popular St. James Shopping Center in the heart of the city. It sits at the far East end of Princes Street and the back door leads out towards Leith Walk. This concrete monstrosity dates back to the 1970s and is...  Read More




The Gyle Shopping Center covers an impressive fifty acres and encompasses over 70 retail outlets, making it a great place to pick up almost any necessity, luxury item or gift. Located at the outskirts of the western side of Edinburgh, close to...  Read More


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Fort Kinnaird is located at the outskirts of Edinburgh just off the A1. It is an open air retail park with a wide variety of shops and cafes and its own cinema. You can shop for clothes in over ten large stores including M&S and Next, and there...  Read More


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Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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