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Wherever you find yourself in Edinburgh, there are always opportunities to shop. Princes Street itself is home to a number of high street names and department stores, including Topshop, River Island, Marks & Spencer, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Gap, Levi’s and H&M all to be found on the mile-long stretch.
Some of the city’s best independents can be found in George Street, and it is home to the likes of Whistles, Anthropologie and All Saints. It’s also where you’ll find White Stuff and Joules, while the younger generation is well-catered for too with Jack Wills, Hollister and Fatface. There’s plenty in the way of luxury beauty products as well, with Molton Brown, Jo Malone, Kiehl’s and SpaceNK vying for your attention. You can accessorise any outfits you’ve purchased with shoes, bags and extras from Church’s, Jones Bootmaker and Aspinal of London, and if you’re searching for something special, try a signature piece from one the district’s many marvellous jewellers; Laings, Hamilton & Inches, Joseph Bonnar, Rox and MacIntyres are all in the vicinity.
At the east end of the New Town is St Andrew Square, where you’ll hit upon Edinburgh’s swankiest shopping address, Multrees Walk. Burberry, Boss and Louis Vuitton are among the high-end brands with outlets here. The development’s flagship store is Harvey Nichols, the only one in Scotland. If you want to be sure you’re on-trend, look no further than Jane Davidson and Pam Jenkins; both of which have featured in style bible Vogue’s top 50 UK Retailers. The family-run Jane Davidson has been keeping Edinburgh’s female half well-dressed for 50 years. Nearby footwear specialist Pam Jenkins stocks labels like Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo.
28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX
The Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar & Shop at 28 Queen Street is completely unique with a constantly changing menu of whisky flavours to taste and explore. As part of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Kaleidoscope offers a wide range of single cask whiskies and spirits, cocktails, a curated whisky collection by Charlie Maclean and a range of draught and bottled craft beers and wines. Visit website
5 Cowgatehead, Edinburgh EH1 1JY
An excellent range of fossils, minerals, crystals, meteorites and jewellery from all around the world. Great present ideas, beautiful display pieces, and huge, heavy lumps of rock – there’s something for everyone at Mr Wood’s Fossils. The knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer questions and help you find what you are looking for. Established in 1987 by the noted fossil hunter Stan Wood, this award-winning shop has gone on to forge an international reputation for quality and value. Browsers are welcome, so take your time! Visit website
52 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN
Jane Davidson is an award-winning family-run independent boutique showcasing a host of international brands including Dries van Noten, Nanushka, Fabiana Filippi and Roland Mouret as well as luxury daywear from DVF, Smythe and J Brand. Also stockists of Scottish Cashmere brands Queene & Belle, Pringle and Begg and Co scarves. Established in 1969, the boutique is now owned by Jane’s daughter Sarah Murray. Visit website
Multrees Walk, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
Tucked away in the centre of Edinburgh, Multrees Walk is the definition of luxury and the perfect destination for all your luxury brands. Multrees Walk is home to Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and many other exclusive fashion brands like Mulberry, Coach and BOSS. In Harvey Nichols, you will find the likes of Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and a profusion of other luxury fashion brands all under one roof – a must for any visit to the city centre. It is a combination of all of these stores that makes the Multrees Walk shopping experience second to none. Colourful shop fronts abound in this picturesque shopping area where you could easily lose yourself for the afternoon. Visit website
43 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7LW
Founded in 2012, as one of the few boutiques dedicated to contemporary jewellery in Edinburgh, Lily Luna has already earned a reputation as a must-visit destination for true jewellery lovers in the city and beyond, on account of its striking interior design, unusual and tasteful collections from talented international designers and emerging local talents, as well as its exemplary customer service. Visit website
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