Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Cranachan & Crowdie

    Old Town | Food/Candy

    This lovely gourmet shop on the Royal Mile is brimming with the finest Scottish food and drink, from crunchy oatcakes to melt-in-the-mouth shortbread...Read More

  • 2. Jenners

    New Town | Department Stores

    Jenners, a long-standing Edinburgh landmark that is now part of the U.K.-wide House of Fraser chain, specializes in traditional china and glassware...Read More

  • 3. Sheila Fleet

    Stockbridge | Jewelry/Accessories

    As much art gallery as jewelry shop, designer Sheila Fleet's store in Stockbridge displays a variety of stunning jewelry inspired by her native...Read More

  • 4. Unicorn Antiques

    New Town | Antiques/Collectibles

    This Victorian basement is crammed with fascinating antiques, including artworks, ornaments, silverware, and other such curios. ...Read More

  • 5. Armchair Books

    Old Town | Books/Stationery

    Just a two-minute walk from Grassmarket, Armchair Books is a chaotic but characterful bookshop heaving with secondhand and antiquarian books. ...Read More

  • 6. Bill Baber

    Old Town | Clothing

    One of the more imaginative Scottish knitwear designers, Bill Baber's creative and colorful pieces are a long way from the conservative pastel...Read More

  • 7. Carson Clark Gallery

    Old Town | Books/Stationery

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

  • 8. Clarksons

    Old Town | Jewelry/Accessories

    A family firm, Clarksons handcrafts a unique collection of jewelry, from Celtic to contemporary styles. The pieces here are made with silver...Read More

  • 9. Concrete Wardrobe

    West End | Clothing

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

  • 10. Cotswold Outdoor

    New Town | Sporting Goods

    This specialist chain store sells outdoor clothing for all weather, as well as accessories, maps, guides, and more. The staff are invariably...Read More

  • 11. Courtyard Antiques

    Sciennes | Antiques/Collectibles

    This lovely shop, tucked down a tiny alleyway, stocks a mixture of high-quality antiques, toys, and militaria. ...Read More

  • 12. Elaine's Vintage Clothing

    New Town | Clothing

    This wee boutique in trendy Stockbridge is crammed full of vintage threads for women and men. The finds span the 20th century, but most are...Read More

  • 13. Geoffrey (Tailor) Highland Crafts

    Old Town | Local Specialties

    This shop can clothe you in full Highland dress, with high-quality kilts made in its own workshops. ...Read More

  • 14. Hamilton and Inches

    New Town | Jewelry/Accessories

    Established in 1866, this jeweler is worth visiting not only for its gold and silver pieces, but also for its late-Georgian interior. Designed...Read More

  • 15. Hannah Zakari

    New Town | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Quirky handmade pieces, including embroidered cushions, are a specialty at Hannah Zakari. Keep an eye out for unusual jewelry, artwork, and...Read More

  • 16. Harvey Nichols

    New Town | Department Stores

    Affectionately (and almost universally) known as Harvey Nicks, this high-style British fashion chain has its Scottish outpost near Princes Street...Read More

  • 17. Herman Brown

    West End | Clothing

    This secondhand clothing store is where cashmere twinsets and classic luxe labels are sought and found. ...Read More

  • 18. John Lewis

    New Town | Department Stores

    John Lewis specializes in furnishings and household goods, but also stocks designer clothes. It's part of the Edinburgh St. James shopping complex...Read More

  • 19. Joseph Bonnar

    New Town | Jewelry/Accessories

    Tucked behind George Street, Joseph Bonnar stocks Scotland's largest collection of antique jewelry, including 19th-century agate jewels. ...Read More

  • 20. Main Point Books

    Old Town | Books/Stationery

    This bibliophile's haven is stacked high with obscure first editions and bargain tomes. It also hosts regular literary events. ...Read More

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