Retail Therapy, Fashion Frenzy and Souvenir Shopping in Edinburgh

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.



Do you miss having a good browse through record stores or book stores? Well get ready to be delighted because the aptly named Elvis Shakespeare is a veritable treasure trove of music and literature. You'll find a huge selection of rare records...  Read More



John Lewis is a superb Edinburgh department store, in fact it is the largest department store in Scotland. You'll find it at the East end of Princes Street within the St. James Center shopping mall. There are several floors serving everything...  Read More



Bliss is a wonderful little gift shop situated in Stockbridge. It has a great range of jewelry, handbags, candles, handmade soaps, handmade cards and quirky home ware, making it the perfect place to pick up a gift that is a little out of the...  Read More



Every Saturday you can enjoy the fantastic fresh produce on offer at the Edinburgh Farmer's Market. The stalls are set up on Castle Terrace and the market runs from 9AM until 2PM. The castle forms a stunning backdrop to the mouth-watering...  Read More

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Spektakular is a stylish independent boutique with a distinctly Scandinavian charm. This delightful treasure trove is slightly off the beaten track for most tourists, being located in the genteel suburb of Morningside, but is definitely worth...  Read More



Hannah Zakari is an independent boutique specializing in quirky and handmade items from indie designers. The name of the shop derives from the Japanese term "hanazakari" meaning blossoming, and its owner Rachael Lamb is dedicated to supporting...  Read More



If you want to return home from your Scottish adventure with some authentic clothing then a kilt is the way to go. You'll find a few kilt makers in Edinburgh but Howie R. Nicholsby's 21st Century Kilts is a fantastic independent store that...  Read More



Unless you are a keen geologist you might not have considered the potential beauty and interest of fossils. Mr Wood's Fossils has been trading since 1987 and has built an international reputation as a purveyor of fine fossils, minerals and...  Read More



Jenners is an old-fashioned department store on Princes Street. It dates back to 1838 although the current building opened in 1895. It is a stunning Edinburgh landmark and is well worth a visit simply to enjoy the architecture and the nostalgic...  Read More



Cranachan & Crowdie stock an impressive range of Scottish gifts and produce from all over the country. Whether you are looking for a souvenir for a loved one, or simply a tasty treat for yourself you will be well looked after here. They...  Read More


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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