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Best Places to Shop near Edinburgh's Port in Leith



If you’re sailing into Edinburgh then you might be on the lookout for a few places to restock and buy some essentials. You’ll almost certainly be on the search for some great Scottish souvenirs as well. We’ve got all the angles covered in this guide to the best shopping near the port in Edinburgh’s Leith area. The first obvious stop is the Ocean Terminal mall where you’ll find a wide variety of shops and eateries, as well as a gym, cinema, and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Going a little further in search of the perfect gift to take your loved ones back home, or that special souvenir which will serve as a real talking piece, we recommend a variety of places. You’ll find unusual soaps and candles, captivating artworks, contemporary crafts and gifts, and even special antiques all have a place on our list.

We’ve also included some good places to pick up some new clothes for men, women and children. So, whether you need some swimwear for the pool, something comfortable for lounging in a resort, or you want high quality formal wear, it’s all covered. Anyone with an interest in tartan and traditional Scottish dress will head for Kinloch Anderson where you can get your own kilt made to measure in a tartan of your choice.


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Canderson's Sweet Shop is a traditional style candy store filled with nostalgic treats as well as modern favorites. The shop is situated at the foot of Leith Walk, and although it is rather small it houses an amazing assortment of sweets. The picture window is lined with traditional glass jars filled with brightly colored confectionery and the walls inside are lined with shelves bearing yet more goodies. You can pick up some traditional Scottish sweeties which are made locally (look out for Jenny's Rosebuds, Edinburgh Rock and Lucky Tatties) or score an assortment of British bonbons. This shop is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth, and a great place to pick up inexpensive and delightful souvenirs for your loved ones.




Founded in 1939 in Chicago, and now an international brand, Calumet Photographic is the ideal destination for both amateur and professional photographers. They have a very wide range of cameras and associated equipment and you'll find knowledgeable sales assistants who are always happy to help. The prices also compare well to other outlets and to online sales. You can hire photographic equipment and they also hold a series of talks on aspects of photography which are well worth checking out if you want to improve your skills or master new techniques. From time to time they hold open days where you can try out new equipment.




The Tiso Outdoor Experience in the center of Leith caters for a wide range of outdoor pursuits from hiking, camping and rock climbing to surfing, swimming and sailing and hosts premium brands such as The North Face, Haglofs, Icebreaker , Rab, Berghaus, Mtn Equipment, Marmot, Columbia, Blues the Ski Shop. It's a good place to buy swimwear. Staff are very knowledgeable and helpful and the store also contains a mini climbing wall, a boot and rucksack testing bridge, and a Gore-Tex waterproof test shower! If that all seems too exhausting, there is a great café where you can recharge your batteries while you plan your next outdoor activity.


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Georgian Antiques offers one of the largest selections of antiques in Scotland, including a wide selection of golf clubs and golfing memorabilia. This family owned business was voted Antique Shop of the Year at the 2013 Homes and Antiques awards and any lover of antiques and memorabilia is bound to find something to suit their taste in this massive five floor showroom. Georgian Antiques hit the headlines in 2004 when a large cache of letters to and from Viscount Horatio Nelson was found tucked away in a cupboard. Who knows what further treasures you might find while browsing their collection!




Kinloch Anderson are renowned as experts in Kilts, Tartans and all aspects of Highland Dress. Established in 1868, this Edinburgh institution is still a family run business with a reputation for quality, typified by their holding of Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kilt makers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH The Prince of Wales. Their shop in Leith can furnish you with every aspect of highland dress in a wide variety of tartans and they also offer more contemporary designs inspired by traditional dress and numerous tempting souvenirs and gifts. Beside the showroom sits the Kinloch Anderson Heritage Room Museum which tells the fascinating story of this family business and the history of tartan.




Worthy winners of Best Newcomer (Scotland & North England) at the Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2010, Eero and Riley is home to a wide array of quality and contemporary home ware, local crafts and gifts. As well as beautiful homemade cards and stationary, high quality ceramics and quirky jewelry they offer a number of rather more unique items such as personalized baby blankets and very reasonably priced designer handbags. They also feature a number of quirky items such as upcycled "clootilugs" (birds and brooches made from recycled cloth) and incredibly cute ceramic piggy banks which alone are worth the visit.




The Leith Gallery showcases contemporary Scottish art featuring both established artists and raw new talents. Located at the waterfront surrounded by bustling bars and restaurants they are a haven of tranquility and beauty where you can browse a variety of art forms from painting and sculpture to ceramics and jewelry. As a recent winner of the Fine Art Trade Guild Award for Excellence in Art Retailing they are well worth a visit for any art lover or window-shopper and their regular events and exhibitions create quite a buzz. Unlike some art merchants they also manage to maintain a warm and friendly atmosphere and the staff exude genuine enthusiasm.




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 and books on offer here. This is the kind of place you can lose an hour searching through the entertainment, which also includes CDs and DVDs. You'll find this unassuming store on Leith Walk but it's worth seeking out for the encyclopedic knowledge of the staff and the nostalgic pleasure of browsing a quality collection in search of that gem that will put a smile on your face.




Flux is real box of delights positively overflowing with cute, unusual and desirable gifts. They sell everything from luscious soaps and candles to quirky cards and unique ornaments and offer a tempting array of Scottish souvenirs which are both less tacky and less generic than those generally on offer in tourist shops. In a refreshing change from less enlightened gift shops all of their products are ethically sourced and environmentally friendly. With a friendly and relaxed atmosphere Flux is a great place to while away an hour and you are bound to be inspired by their eclectic and humorous wares.




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 and if you are driving you'll find there is ample parking. It was built as part of the regeneration of Leith's industrial docklands and you'll enjoy stunning views of a lesser known area of the city. It also tends to be quieter than Edinburgh's other malls, which makes for a more enjoyable shopping experience. You'll find some fantastic restaurants on the water front heading towards The Shore.


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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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