Whether you’re looking for tourist traps, artisanal gift shops, colorful antique markets, socially conscious businesses, or classic department stores and luxury designer boutiques, Edinburgh has it all.
In Edinburgh, it’s polite to shop at small, locally owned businesses. There are many of opportunities to support independent local makers, designers, craftspeople, and producers instead of big-name brands. And it’s a city where you may indulge in some retail therapy in a very gorgeous setting. The narrow, cobbled lanes of the old town offer a unique shopping experience.
The best places to shop for souvenirs, apparel, presents, and food in Edinburgh are listed by Culture Trip.
You may sample the finest Italian and Scottish delicacies in Valvona and Crolla.
For more than 80 years, it has been the go-to place for locals and tourists alike to get their hands on a wide variety of delectable goodies. The Crolla family, which owns and operates the deli, is a household name in the culinary community in Edinburgh. A vast variety of Scottish and international food and drink specialties may be found at this establishment, which is not known for its cheap “scran.” You can be confident that the items you purchase have been approved by the Royal Warrant for the delivery of cheese to Her Majesty the Queen.
At Totty Rocks, you may get custom clothing.
Designers Lynsey Blackburn and Holly Mitchell of this all-Scottish fashion label are well-known for their distinctive sense of style, which has made them favorites of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Kate Moss, Sandi Thom, and Gok Wan are all lovers of the brand, which operates a boutique in the posh Bruntsfield neighborhood. The Totty Rocks Mac is the brand’s most popular item, and it can be manufactured to order in any color.
Paper Tiger has high-end stationery you may purchase.
Cool and arty, but approachable, is the Paper Tiger attitude. John Johnson, a retail entrepreneur, started the business in the New Town in 1981 and later opened a second location on Lothian Road. Featuring works by Lothian-based artists and designers, the store sells everything from greeting cards and diaries to toys and wrapping paper, as well as official Tintin memorabilia.
At Jenners, you can get a taste of retail history.
As the “Harrods of the North,” Jenners is one of the world’s oldest department stores. It was founded in 1838 by a linen draper. Founded in 1911, it has a royal warrant and is situated in a stately, A-listed structure on the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street. After being acquired by House of Fraser in 2005, Jenners has managed to hold on to its unique identity and Scottish heritage. In addition to its Victorian architecture, atrium gallery, and stunning views from the top floor, the shop is a great place to shop for high-quality, locally-designed goods.
Cranachan and Crowdie are excellent places to pick some quality mementos.
Cranachan and Crowdie on Canongate are the best places to buy unique and sustainable mementos for visitors. Two tasty native delicacies are the name of a well-stocked boutique that sells only the most authentic items. Popular shortbread boxes and complex homewares carved from whisky barrels and 15th-century cooking equipment are available for all budgets. Guests can enjoy complimentary meal and drink tastings from the attentive staff. There’s also a cute dog who lives there.
Spend your money at The Edinburgh Remakery to support the neighborhood.
Located in Leith, the award-winning Edinburgh Remakery sells unique home furnishings fashioned from upcycled materials. Here, people from low-income communities can learn how to make things from scratch and avoid going to the dump. You can shop ethically and socially at the same time at affordable costs at Hyperlocal Ethical Shopping.
At Golden Hare Books, you’ll find some great books.
Bohemian independent bookshops dot the city’s literary landscape. At the British Book Awards 2019, the Independent Bookshop of the Year for the UK and Ireland went to this one in a posh Stockbridge side street. It has an airy, boutique feel, with a gold and navy exterior that is visually appealing. Golden Hare’s employees are all avid readers, and they’ll be happy to help you find the perfect book for you.
At Pie in the Sky, you can buy vintage apparel and bohemian presents.
In addition to vintage apparel and accessories, Pie in the Sky also sells pop culture collectibles, such as cards, keychains, fridge magnets, pins, and patches. Many intriguing independent shops line the serpentine Cockburn Street between Waverley Station and the Royal Mile, where this shop can be found. Since the 1970s, the hippie-style shop has been selling a wide range of alternative goods.. In particular, keep an eye out for their unique best-selling dungarees.
Curiouser and Curiouser has a wide selection of elegant presents.
For more than a decade, this fashionable boutique has been operating out of Broughton’s upscale neighborhood. With a staff of motivated creatives led by Laura and Ian, it’s a thriving community (some of whom have designed in-store products). For the person who already owns everything, Curiouser and Curiouser have a solution: slick jewelry, inventive homewares and arty stationery are available, as well as contemporary city skyline posters.
Savor the best cheeses in the world at IJ Mellis
Mellis, a producer of the finest Scottish artisan and farmhouse cheese, is sure to satisfy and surprise even the most avid turophiles. In 1993, it opened its first location in a cave-like shop just off the main street. It’s bursting at the seams with aroma and flavor, and the young cheesemongers in vintage-style brown aprons who serve it are friendly and welcoming. Fine wines can be purchased in refillable bottles and deli foods are stacked from floor to ceiling for an eye-catching display.