Edinburgh offers a variety of shops to suit any shopping mood. Whether you would like to admire haute couture fashion on Princes Street in New Town or have fun in a funky boutique in West End, Edinburgh has a place to come and shop.
In the city center of Edinburgh is Harvey Nichols, a store brimming with designer labels such as Prada and Gucci. Not far away is Multrees Walk, which sells Louis Vuitton, Armani and Mulberry. A block away from the high fashion on Princes Street is George Street, which has more sophisticated shops and fun bars. Also, clothing is not the only thing in the area, so be sure to check out The White Company for home accessories and LK Bennett for shoes. Plus, enjoy views of the beautiful Edinburgh Castle right across the street as you shop.
Be sure to stop in the Jenners department store, which is the oldest department store in Edinburgh. It has been in business since 1838. Not only does the stunning architecture make this department store excursion an entirely different experience, Jenners also has over 100 stores selling a dazzling variety of products. There are several other department stores and shopping centers available, including St James Centre, Princes Mall Shopping Centre, Ocean Terminal, Cameron Toll Shopping Centre and Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre. All of these places offer a wide variety of products and provide a wealth of shopping experiences. Just about anything wanted or needed can be found at one of these Edinburgh shopping hot spots.
Fun boutiques selling clothes and other unique items can also be found scattered throughout the area. West End, Stockbridge and Bruntsfield are not far from the city centre, and their eclectic shops offer unique treasures to the savvy shopper. The West End, in particular, has two main streets – Stafford Street and William Street – that feature a variety of interesting shops. If you head to Stockbridge, you can find an assortment of second hand shops and galleries where there is the opportunity to find great items for great prices. Also, Herman Brown is a must-see for fans of vintage jewelry and handbags.
Also do not forget to check out Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. Located in Old Town, Grassmarket is made up of many independent merchants, designers and artisans. This is a great place to come if you want to shop and eat in the same area, because Grassmarket is also made up of some of the best restaurants and bars in Edinburgh. The Grassmarket pubs are well known for their part in Edinburgh’s history from the days of Burke and Hare, and for delicious traditional foods and ales. Here in Edinburgh, history is all around, so enjoy a walk through Grassmarket while taking in the fabulous architecture and breathtaking views of Edinburgh castle.
If you are in Edinburgh close to Christmas, do not miss the great Christmas Market located around the city’s centre. Here you can find unique handmade gifts to brighten the faces of loved ones.