For such a cosy destination Edinburgh’s shopping scene is eclectically diverse. From Princes Street’s malls and high street brands, upmarket George Street, the designer labels on Multrees Walk and independent boutiques of the Grassmarket and Victoria Street, all tastes are catered for.
Jump off the tram at Princes Street and experience one of Edinburgh’s original department stores. Since the 1800s Jenner’s has been feeding locals via its beautiful but faded Food Hall. Stock up on goodies for the folks back home. Upmarket Cranachan & Crowdie is another top spot.
While Edinburgh’s old school set chooses Nicolson’s for sporrans and kilts, fashion-forward Scots prefer 21st Century Kilts. Traditional kilts are tailor made or off-the-peg designer garments in a range of fabrics as well as tartan. Leather hipster kilt anyone?
You know a place has a great range of vintage gear when it’s the go-to for local’s fancy dress clothing. Armstrong’s has a huge and relatively affordable collection of men and women’s vintage clothing. Those Were The Days is another favourite.
Red Door Gallery is a retail hub spruiking artwork, jewellery and gifts and an exhibition space, featuring works from local designers and artists. Pick up some unique souvenirs or simply browse to see where the Edinburgh art scene is at.
The Grassmarket and meandering Victoria Street is boutique heaven with quirky buys. Keep your head warm with the wares at Fabhatrix. Liquid deli Demijohn has a potion-esque collection of British-made drinks (Gooseberry Gin anyone?), which customers can sample. Or browse the antiquities at nearby Mr Wood’s Fossils.
For hard-to-find or pre-loved vinyl, locals point to Voxbox or Hog’s Head Music. Underground Solu’shn is the go-to for new releases and in-the-know staff are mine of information on local acts. For musos in search of instruments or accessories, Red Dog Music’s range is impressive.
Bookworms wiggle their way to Edinburgh Bookshop in Bruntsfield. Edinburgh’s Bookseller of the Year is a local favourite thanks to book-related events and an impressive kids section; writer Ian Rankin oft sings its praises. For pre-loved books, head to Tills or Armchair Books.
8. Foodie markets
The Saturday Farmers Markets on Castle Terrace or the Stockbridge version on Sundays are must-go destinations for lip-smacking fresh local produce. Stock up on smoked salmon, venison burgers and artisan breads for a tasty picnic.
9. Man treats
For old-fashioned male grooming and hipster beard-trims, chaps should make a beeline for Ruffians. With their unique blend of traditional barbering, personal service and modern frippery such as iPads and freshly brewed coffee, it’s a top spot for a discrete man scaping.
10. Max relax
Many of the city’s high-end hotels offer a spa and wellness facility, but The Floatarium Spa’s prime Grassmarket location, delivers on-the-spot post-retail therapy. Will it be a massage, a beauty treatment or a touch of reflexology to recover from hours of energetic shopping?
11. Sweet treats
Lickety Split's sweet shop has retro treats in giant glass jars. Fudge connoisseurs favour the fifty-plus varieties on offer at Fudge Kitchen and chocoholics are well served at specialist chocolatier Coco. Catering for traditional and quirky tastes, flavours include Earl Grey, there are also vegan options.
Girls can stay on-trend with local designers, independent brands and hand picked vintage clothing at indie boutique Godiva. The local boy Kestin Hare’s innovative collections have made his boutique the go-to place for hip men’s fashion.