Edinburgh and the Lothians

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Edinburgh and the Lothians - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cadenhead's Whisky Shop

    Edinburgh's most iconic Scotch shop, Cadenhead's has an incredible selection of whisky to purchase (including rare bottles from closed distilleries), and also offers tasting sessions. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the perfect whisky to suit your palate.

    172 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DF, Scotland
  • 2. Jenners

    New Town

    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, as well as Scottish tweeds and tartans—though you'll find everything else you'd expect from a large department store, too. Its famous food hall, run by Valvona & Crolla, stocks traditional culinary delights including shortbread, marmalade, and honey.

    48 Princes St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2YJ, Scotland
  • 3. Sheila Fleet

    As much art gallery as jewelry shop, designer Sheila Fleet's store in Stockbridge displays a variety of stunning jewelry inspired by her native Orkney, from wind and waves to Celtic spirals to island wildlife.

    18 St. Stephen St., Edinburgh, EH3 5AL, Scotland
  • 4. Unicorn Antiques

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

    65 Dundas St., Edinburgh, EH3 6RS, Scotland
  • 5. Armchair Books

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

    72–74 W. Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE, Scotland
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  • 6. Bill Baber

    One of the more imaginative Scottish knitwear designers, Bill Baber's creative and colorful pieces are a long way from the conservative pastel woolies sold at some of the large mill shops.

    66 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JR, Scotland
  • 7. Clarksons of Edinburgh

    A family firm, Clarksons handcrafts a unique collection of jewelry, from Celtic to contemporary styles. The pieces here are made with silver, gold, platinum, and precious gems, with a particular emphasis on diamonds.

    87 W. Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP, Scotland
  • 8. Concrete Wardrobe

    New Town

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

    50a Broughton St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA, Scotland
  • 9. Cotswold Outdoor

    New Town

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

    72 Rose St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2NN, Scotland
  • 10. Courtyard Antiques


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

    108A Causewayside, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 1PU, Scotland
  • 11. Elaine's Vintage Clothing

    This wee boutique in trendy Stockbridge, northwest of the New Town, is crammed full of vintage threads for women and men. The finds span the 20th century, but most are from the '40s to the '70s. The friendly owner is happy to share her knowledge of the many elegant and quirky outfits on her rails.

    55 St. Stephen St., Edinburgh, EH3 5AH ‎, Scotland
  • 12. Geoffrey Tailor Kiltmakers

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

    57–59 High St., Edinburgh, EH1 1SR, Scotland
  • 13. Hamilton & Inches

    Established in 1866, this jeweler is worth visiting not only for its gold and silver pieces, but also for its late-Georgian interior. Designed by David Bryce in 1834, it's all columns and elaborate plasterwork.

    87 George St., Edinburgh, EH2 3EY, Scotland
  • 14. Harvey Nichols

    New Town

    Affectionately known as Harvey Nicks, this high-style British fashion chain has its Scottish outpost on St. Andrew Square, carrying the store's chic, upscale style options. Feeling peckish? Enjoy a meal with a view at the excellent Forth Floor Brasserie and Bar.

    30–34 St. Andrew Sq., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD, Scotland
  • 15. Herman Brown

    West End

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

    151 W. Port, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP, Scotland
  • 16. John Lewis

    John Lewis specializes in furnishings and household goods, but also stocks designer clothes. It's part of the recently refurbished St. James Quarter.

    Leith St., Edinburgh, EH1 3SP, Scotland
  • 17. Joseph Bonnar

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

    72 Thistle St., Edinburgh, EH2 1EN, Scotland
  • 18. Main Point Books

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

    77 Bread St., Edinburgh, EH3 9AH, Scotland
  • 19. Marks & Spencer

    New Town

    Fairly priced, stylish clothes and accessories are on offer at Marks & Spencer. You can also buy quality food and household goods.

    54 Princes St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2DQ, Scotland
  • 20. Ocean Terminal

    As well as being home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, this on-the-water mall also has an impressive range of big-name brand stores and independent craft shops, as well as bars, restaurants, and a cinema.

    74 Ocean Dr., Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ, Scotland

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