It’s wise to set some of your holiday budgets aside for Edinburgh shopping trips. The lure of Edinburgh fashion stores on Princes Street and one-off souvenir opportunities around Stockbridge and West End are difficult to resist. That’s even before you’ve hit the mighty Jenners department store!
If you feel like you can’t leave Scotland without some authentic tartan, make sure you head up to the Royal Mile or over to Rose Street. Here you’ll find retailers specialising in traditional Scottish fashions. Treat yourself to a tartan scarf or some wonderfully soft and warm Scottish wool clothing.
New Town is Edinburgh’s main shopping destination. It starts at Princes Street, where you’ll find many well-known high-street stores, and includes George Street and Rose Street. Here you’ll find designer brands, antique jewellers, and boutiques selling traditional Scottish dress (like kilts). It’s also where you’ll find the Jenners department store – Edinburgh’s high-end shopping destination since 1838. It’s big. Luckily there are cafes in store for when you need a breather.
Cockburn Street Old Town
If you prefer your souvenirs to have a quirky edge or your fashions to be a little more original than straight off the rail, then splash some cash in Cockburn Street. Curving off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Cockburn Street is home to independent stores and antique shops. Browse rails of vintage clothing, or spruce up your wardrobe with modern additions from one of the indie clothing stores.
Cobbled streets and Georgian buildings add an air of elegance when shopping in Edinburgh’s West End. The style of the area is reflected in the many contemporary designers and swish boutiques that are here. Need a shopping break? Head to one of West End’s beauty salons or spas for some R and R, or simply grab a refreshing pint in one of the cosy pubs before getting back to it.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a treasure trove of stores and restaurants. Along this (mostly) pedestrianised area you’ll find authentic Scottish wool goods – for keeping out the winter cold – and fine cashmere. When not shopping for clothes, pop into one of the Scotch whisky stores or antique jewellers. The Royal Mile is often busy, so you may come across pop-up stalls and street entertainers making the most of the crowds.
This affluent area offers high-end shopping in Edinburgh. Expect artisan food shops and designer stores selling Edinburgh fashions and homewares, as well as some top-draw op-shops (or charity shops as they’re called in the UK). Stockbridge is also home to weekend food and local craft markets. Pick up pies, fresh bread, locally brewed alcohol, handmade jewellery, and more. Just remember to bring cash; not all stallholders accept card.