Hit the Shops! Edinburgh Shopping Guide

Whether you’re looking for bargain basics, high street must-haves or designer treats, the fantastic shops in Edinburgh have something for you. So, lets take a look at some of the best places to go shopping in the city.

High Street Shops in Edinburgh

View of Princes Street from Calton Hill

If it’s high street fashion you are after, it doesn’t get better than Edinburgh’s major shopping thoroughfare – Princes Street. With all your favourite retailers on one side of the road. And spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town on the other. It’s the perfect fit for high street shoppers in Edinburgh.

Running parallel to Princes Street is another high street fashion hot spot ­– the spectacular George Street. This is a chic fashion hub filled with trendy stores, fashionable restaurants and stylish hangouts.

Straight Off The Catwalk

When it comes to luxury brands, Multrees Walk is the pinnacle of designer shopping. A trip to this designer shopping district is an experience like no other. 

Here you’ll find big name brands like Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. With a little help from designers like Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Micheal Kors, stepping out in style couldn’t be easier.

Beautiful Boutiques

woman holding up a dress in a fashion boutique

If you are looking to strike a pose without breaking the bank, then head on down to Edinburgh’s sensational West End. A stone’s throw away from Princes Street, it is the perfect mix of luxury boutiques and quirky haunts to suit your individual style and budget.

With its cobbled streets, indie and upmarket shops, not to mention chic jewellery and accessories, it has been a treasure trove of shopping delights since the 1800s.

Nothing But Vintage

The Grassmarket area in Edinburgh looking up towards the cobbled hill of Victoria Street

For a truly magical shopping experience, make your way over to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and Victoria Street.

Said to be the inspiration behind Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, Victoria Street’s narrow, winding road, unusual stores and bewitching atmosphere is just what you need to lift your spirits.

Markets And More

Fresh bread on a market stall in Edinburgh's Grassmarket

For all your other bits and bobs, Edinburgh has several weekly markets that are open all year round, including Stockbridge Market, Grassmarket Market and Leith Market. With plenty of fresh local produce, arts and crafts and accessories on offer.

Alternatively, make your way down the Royal Mile for a plethora of Scottish gifts, taverns and eateries every which way you turn.

So that’s our guide to the best shops in Edinburgh. And while we have barely scraped the surface, a turn down just about any lane offers a wealth of shopping opportunities to enrich your home and wardrobe. So, why not check out our latest Edinburgh Shopper Offer and book a city shopping trip to remember?