Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and its lively vibe attracts culture vultures from across the globe. The city’s international arts festival and Christmas celebrations are the centrepiece attractions — but it’s a place you’ll find tourists all year round.
And it’s also home to some superb niche shops where you’ll find everything from fine art to high fashion.
So here are four shopping hotspots in Edinburgh to help you set your retail radar next time you’re in town.
Princes Street is the main thoroughfare in the city centre and its well-appointed gardens and stunning castle backdrop make it unique.
You’ll find historical monuments and excellent art galleries aplenty — but there are swathes of shops to keep you satisfied.
There’s a specialist whiskey shop in the Waverley Mall as well as a handful of designer clothing outlets with a Caledonian twist.
And the iconic Jenners is the oldest department store in the city and carries a wide range of classic luxury brands — so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Once you’ve had your shopping fix, pop into the Romanes & Paterson tearoom for a Scottish scone and some stunning views of the Edinburgh skyline.
Leith lies in the north of Edinburgh and was once a separate port town.
The Royal Yacht Britannia’s now permanently berthed here and the area’s undergone gentrification thanks to significant investment.
If you’ve visiting Britannia you’ll get a real feel for the Royal Family’s luxury floating home — and you can spend some time scouring the shops at the nearby Ocean Terminal mall.
You can pick up a unique piece of clothing from up and coming creatives at the Scottish Design Exchange and enjoy waterfront dining or even a trip to the in-house cinema.
So you might find unexpected luxury when you venture into Leith.
With its imposing neoclassical architecture and host of high-end stores, George Street is easily the most glamorous shopping area in Edinburgh.
You’ll find designer dresses in wonderful women’s fashion boutiques and the best jewellery Scotland’s capital has to offer.
The spacious street is also well-endowed with elegant bars and restaurants. So don’t leave before stopping for a spot of lunch and a glass of fizz at The Dome — its sumptuous interior is to die for.
If you’re into Boho chic and crafts then head straight for the cool cafes and bustling boutiques of Stockbridge.
The area’s village vibe and central location mean it’s home to some of the UK’s most expensive real estate.
And the independent shops that have sprung up to serve the community are well worth a visit if you’re searching for a special gift with a certain je ne sais quoi.
The Stockbridge Market sells vegan treats and artisan bread and there are plenty of cool cafes and gastropubs to keep foodies smiling.
So this is an Edinburgh area slightly off the tourist track that offers a genuine taste of city life.
You’ll find a favourite new shop each time you visit Edinburgh — but these four shopping hotspots will give you a head start.
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