Two women shopping in Edinburgh Grassmarket


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Whether you’re looking for the best of the high street, quirky independent shops, or the perfect souvenir. You’ll find it shopping in Edinburgh!

High Street Shopping in Edinburgh

Princes Street is the main shopping street in the city with the most fantastic backdrop! Check out high street favourites from Apple to Zara, all in the shadows of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.

Department Stores

The iconic Jenners (now owned by House of Fraser) is the original Edinburgh department store. Founded in 1838, it is now a tourist attraction in its own right. You’ll also find big name stores Debenhams, Frasers, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis all on and around Princes Street.

Designer Stores

Treat yourself at the famous Harvey Nichols department store, and then take a stroll down Multrees Walk for the likes of Emporio Armarni, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein. Close by George Street is also well known for designer brands such as French Connection and Cath Kidston.

Independent Shops and Boutiques

Take a wander through Edinburgh’s Old Town and you’ll find lots of unusual and quirky shops. The Grassmarket, Candlemaker Row, Victoria Street and Cockburn Street all have their gems to discover. Not forgetting the West End of Edinburgh, where William Street and Stafford Street are filled with designer boutiques and other independent retailers.

Souvenir Shopping

For Edinburgh memorabilia, head to the famous Royal Mile. There you’ll find tourist shops selling tartan, whisky, shortbread and all things Scottish, alongside a great number of traditional pubs, landmarks and attractions.

Shopping Centres

Perfect for a rainy day, there are a number of indoor shopping malls in Edinburgh, including the St James Centre and Waverley Mall within the city centre. Further out you’ll find Ocean Terminal in Leith, Cameron Toll to the south of the city, and The Gyle to the west.

Retail Parks

Some of the larger high street stores and supermarkets are located in retail parks away from the city centre. These include Fort Kinnaird, Craigleith and Hermiston Gait.