Luxury brands, high street stores and beautiful boutiques, we have it covered. Shopping in Edinburgh is a fantastic experience catering to all tastes, styles and budgets.
There’s not many cities in the world where the foremost shopping thoroughfare has an interrupted view of a medieval castle, but Edinburgh’s Princes Street does just that! It’s unique in the sense that all the shops only line one side of the street, with the other side giving shoppers breathtaking views of the Old Town cityscape.
Home to huge flagship stores such as Debenhams, House of Frasers, Zara, Primark, M&S and the historic Jenners, Princes Street is the place to be to keep up with High Street fashion.
Tech enthusiasts will also be in their element, with the Apple Store at the east end of the street. There’s also lots of health and beauty brands, including Boots, Superdrug and The Body Shop.
Princes Street Gardens is the venue for seasonal markets including the Traditional German Christmas Market while the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market selling fresh, home grown produce is held every Saturday from 9am – 2pm in nearby Castle Terrace.
Running parallel to Princes Street is its stylish sibling – George Street home to many upmarket retail stores and several hotels. George Street is linked to Princes Street via Hanover St, Frederick St and Castle St. The street is one of the grandest in Edinburgh, with a wide thoroughfare, lovely Georgian architecture and bookended by the beautiful St Andrew and Charlotte Squares. There are also several notable buildings along the length of George Street, including the George Hotel, The Dome, and the famous Assembly Rooms.
George Street is chic fashion hub, with stylish and en trend brands including Anthropologie, Hollister, Jack Wills, Karen Millen, Kooples, Jigsaw, Rox Jewellers and LK Bennett rubbing shoulders with fashionable bars and restaurants including All Bar One, TigerLily, Le Monde, Jamie’s Italian and The Dome.
Multrees Walk: The definition of luxury shopping in Edinburgh. Home of Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Nespresso along with many other exclusive fashion brands, the Multrees Walk shopping experience is second to none.
With countless designer labels on offer, a trip to Harvey Nichols is a must for any visit to the cemtre of Edinburgh. You’ll find the likes of Celine, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Gucci, Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and a profusion of other luxury fashion brands all under one roof.
Multrees Walk is also home to directional fashion brands like Michael Kors and Reiss, as well as established luxury labels like Mulberry,Links of London, Burburry, and Tommy Hillfiger catering for even the most demanding fashionistas.
The West End:
A stroll down the quaint cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s West End ‘Village’ is an absolute must. Situated only a minute’s walk from Princes Street, a delightful mix of designer fashion boutiques, organic food retailers, gift shops, flower and interior shopping awaits you.
Along at the West End, William Street is a chic enclave of upmarket boutiques, gift shops and delis. Here you’ll find a variety of indie fashion boutiques, including Just G, Sam Brown and Frontiers. If you’re looking for jewellery then head over to Lily Luna, also on William Street. A true treasure trove lying in the centre of the prestigious West End area, full of stunning unusual jewellery pieces sourced from both local and international designers. In need of a quirky card? Then Paper Tiger is also conveniently located in the West End on Stafford Street.
Sprinkled with coffee shops and restaurants, such as Brass & Copper and Edinburgh Larder Bistro this is a hidden gem in Edinburgh worth exploring.
The Grassmarket and Victoria Street:
Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and Victoria Street is the perfect place to spend the day discovering independent shops and from designer to vintage fashion. A buzzing restaurant, pub and shopping area beneath Edinburgh Castle, the area is full to brimming with Scottish designers, artisans and independents selling world crafts, vintage clothing and antiques to gourmet food in a vibrant al fresco setting.
It has been said that Harry Potter author J.K Rowling has based Diagon Alley on Victoria St in Edinburgh, which is located a few blocks from the Elephant House café. Victoria St is a narrow, winding road with high shops on either side, including a book shop, clothing shop, and Aha ha ha joke shop at one end.
There’s a wide range of gifts and oddities in the Grassmarket. Treat yourself and go shopping for a designer hat at Fabhatrix, grab a piece of prehistory at Mr Wood’s Fossils, or uncover a fab vintage find at Armstrongs. Walker and Slater is the place to pick up your iconic scottish traditional tweed jacket, tweed of the highest quality.
Once you’re all shopped out, enjoy a quick stop at the Cat Cafe – Maison de Moggy or a sweet treat at Marys Milk Bar.
The Royal Mile, High Street and Canongate:
An old favourite for gifts including Scottish crafts, cashmere and whisky, alongside some of Edinburgh’s oldest taverns and eateries. This historic setting includes Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Palace of Holyrood House and The Scottish Parliament.
While on the Royal Mile, why not pop into Cadenhead Whisky Shop, Cranachan & Crowdie and the Scotch Whisky Heritage which all stock Scottish produce that would be perfect for gifts. For a more modern take on knitwear and accessories, try the quirky Ness Clothing Co which offers fabulous range of ladies handbags designed in Edinburgh and inspired by Scotland.
EDI is now one of the finest retail experiences in and around Edinburgh. Many high end and high street shops and eateries now available to all visitors, and locals alike!