George Street runs parallel to Princes Street and Queen Street, as the central thoroughfare of the New Town. The street is named after King George III. Just like Princes Street, it was first built in the 1700s as a residential street, but later the grand homes were replaced by shops and other businesses. Today, George Street shops are occupied mainly by high-end high street brands. You’ll also find bars, restaurants and chic cocktail bars.
Shops, Bars and Restaurants on George Street
George Street is an elegant shopping street, home to high-end high street fashion stores such as AllSaints, GANT, Whistles, Joules, Jigsaw and White Stuff. You’ll also find fine quality beauty products, accessories and jewellery. With Harvey Nichols and Multrees Walk just around the corner (just off St Andrew Square at the east end of George Street) for all your luxury and designer brands, George Street is the place to start, if you want to luxe up your wardrobe.
George Street Festival
George Street is partly a car-free zone. This was introduced to allow Al Fresco dining in Summer in the popular restaurants and clubs on the street. It also plays an integral part of the Edinburgh festival with many popup venues. And purpose-built venues, bars and cafes in the street. Here you can also enjoy silent disco tours. These are often sell-out shows, run through the festival and during the Christmas months in line with the Christmas market.
Places to Eat in Edinburgh
During a busy day of shopping in Edinburgh, you can take a break on George Street. With an array of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. From magnificent venues, like The Dome, with its striking neo-classical architecture and famous festive decorations, to stylish Edinburgh bars and restaurants like Cadiz, Fazenda and Copper Blossom. There are also plenty of high street names, like Starbucks, Wetherspoons and Las Iguanas.
George Street is a fascinating street, full of history and grandeur. While shopping, eating and drinking, be sure to take some time to enjoy the impressive architecture, inspired by ancient Rome and Greece. There are several large statues, honouring figures such as King George IV, scientist James Clark Maxwell and minister Thomas Chalmers.
Close to Princes Street’s bus and rail connections, George Street is very easy to get to.
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