Edinburgh Shopping

Despite its renown as a shopping street, Princes Street in the New Town may disappoint some visitors with its dull modern architecture, average chain stores, and fast-food outlets. One block north of Princes Street, Rose Street has many smaller specialty shops; part of the street is a pedestrian zone, so it's a pleasant place to browse. The shops on George Street in New Town

tend to be fairly upscale. London names, such as Laura Ashley and Penhaligons, are prominent, though some of the older independent stores continue to do good business.

The streets crossing George Street—Hanover, Frederick, and Castle—are also worth exploring. Dundas Street, the northern extension of Hanover Street, beyond Queen Street Gardens, has several antiques shops. Thistle Street, originally George Street's "back lane," or service area, has several boutiques and more antiques shops.

As may be expected, many shops along the Royal Mile in Old Town sell what may be politely or euphemistically described as tourist-ware—whiskies, tartans, and tweeds. Careful exploration, however, will reveal some worthwhile establishments. Shops here also cater to highly specialized interests and hobbies. Close to the castle end of the Royal Mile, just off George IV Bridge, is Victoria Street, with specialty shops grouped in a small area. Follow the tiny West Bow to Grassmarket for more specialty stores.

Stafford and William streets form a small, upscale shopping area in a Georgian setting. Walk to the west end of Princes Street and then along its continuation, Shandwick Place, then turn right onto Stafford Street. William Street crosses Stafford halfway down.

North of Princes Street, on the way to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is Stockbridge, an oddball shopping area of some charm, particularly on St. Stephen Street. To get here, walk north down Frederick Street and Howe Street, away from Princes Street, then turn left onto North West Circus Place.

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Analogue Books

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This bookshop and gallery has a wonderful and ever-changing selection of stimulating reads—books and magazines covering lots of genres—mostly...

And So To Bed

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This shop has a wonderful selection of embroidered and embellished bed linens, cushion covers, and the like. ...

Armchair Books

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Near the Grassmarket, Armchair Books is a chaotic secondhand bookshop heaving with tomes from your youth. ...

Bill Baber

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One of the most imaginative of the many Scottish knitwear designers, Bill Baber is a long way from the conservative pastel woolies sold...

Carson Clark Gallery

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This gallery specializes in antique maps, sea charts, and prints. ...

Clan Tartan Centre

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For the tartan and clan curious, there's database containing details of all known designs, plus information on clan histories. ...


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A family firm, Clarksons handcrafts a unique collection of jewelry, including Celtic styles. The pieces here are made with silver, gold,...

Concrete Wardrobe

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For an eclectic mix of quirky knitwear and accessories, dive into Concrete Wardrobe. You can also find vintage furnishings. ...

Courtyard Antiques

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This lovely shop stocks a mixture of high-quality antiques, toys, and militaria. ...

Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Company

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At the Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Company, you can chat with the cloth and tapestry weavers as they work, then buy the products. The...


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