A visit to any country is never complete without shopping. In Edinburgh, you must visit the local shops to buy mementos of things that you can only find here. Do this after you have taken your fill of the sumptuous food in the city, and after you have toured the top tourist spots in the area.
Here, we will be showing you the best places to do your shopping. We have carefully selected these places to fit all kinds of budget.
This area is a major thoroughfare in the city. And while here, your eyes will be treated to a fantastic view of the Old Town cityscape. You will find a myriad of international brands in here, as this is considered as a high street fashion location within the city.
Examples of world-renowned brands here are Debenhams, Zara, and House of Fraser. You will also find familiar brands here like an Apple Store, The Body Shop, Boots, and more.
If you come here during Christmas, you will definitely experience some seasonal marketplaces like the Traditional German Christmas Market. But at any time of the year, you will get to see a farmers’ market on a weekly basis, and you can find this near Castle Terrace.
Paper Tiger is in Lothian Road. It is a 30-year old souvenir shop where you can find hidden gems that truly represent Scottish arts and crafts. Here, you can buy gifts, greeting cards, stationeries, and a vast collection of toys and books.
The store also offers jewellery, scented candles, and chocolates!
This store specialises in sweaters and scarves. Take home one with you and let it continuously remind you that you have been to one of the premier cities in the world. Hawico offers 49 different shades of cashmere sweaters.
If you are not satisfied, you can also create your own. Just make sure you have adequate time to wait for it during your stay in the city.
Just parallel to Princes Street, you will find another row of places where you can shop until you drop. George Street is home to dozens of stores with affordable goods.
It is one of the grandest areas in the city that boasts of a vast space. And as you shop, take pictures of old houses that have withstood the test of time. Enjoy the scenery of Georgian architecture and close it off with some resting time in Charlotte Square.
If you are looking for antiques and tea, then this is the place to be. Anteaques is a store that sells luxury tea, which you can take home with you. This little store is packed to the brim, and you can also take a look at the store’s massive collection of antiques. Here, you can buy cutlery, picnic parasols, accessories, and so much more.
Among the types of tea that you can purchase here are:
• Rosevear Tea
• Black Tea
• Yellow Tea
There are more kinds of teas here, but the three above are the bestsellers. You can also buy tea accessories to complete your tea party back home. The company has three locations in the city. These are in Bruntsfield Place, Broughton Street, and Clerk Street.
Never leave Edinburgh without shopping. This city is rich in history, and you have to buy pieces that you can take home with you. And yes, many stores sell memento favourites such as shirts, refrigerator magnets, figurines, and paperweights modelled after the historical castles and places in the city. For food and eating out in the capital see our top Edinburgh restaurants guide.
Remember, all it takes is a little walking, and you will definitely find a lot of treasures here!