Shopping in Edinburgh in 2016

Edinburgh is a haven for cool and quirky independent stores where you can pick up a unique gift for someone back home or something special for yourself. We’ve put together a bunch of interesting stores to add to your shopping itinerary whilst visiting the Scottish capital in the new year.

For Her:

Pam Jenkins - 41 Thistle Street, New Town

For shoe and bag heaven, ladies should head to Pam Jenkins, a small but sweet boutique on Thistle Street. Pam Jenkins is Edinburgh’s only independent stockiest of Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, which feature alongside gorgeous footwear by Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Mui Mui and more. Pam Jenkins was awarded Best Boutique by Vogue magazine in 2010 and 2013. Not bad credentials!

Godiva - 9 West Port, Old Town

Godiva is stocked full of one-off or limited edition fashion garments and accessories, predominantly by independent UK designers. Very eclectic and cool without being enslaved by fashion trends, Godiva is a must-visit for artistic fashion lovers. There is also a backroom dedicated to hand-picked quality vintage clothing which is good fun to trawl through.

Hannah Zakari - 43 Candlemaker Row

This pretty store is choc-a-bloc full of quirky and colourful items designed or handmade by independent designers, including many local artists. It’s the perfect place to pick up small but fun gifts, from jewellery, bags and wall art to more unique items such as crafty temporary tattoos and badges.

For Him:

The Brotique - 39 Queen Street, New Town

The Brotique is a men’s lifestyle store offering a carefully curated selection of unique and useful everyday items for the modern gentleman. Their range includes stationary, leather goods, clothing, gadgets, grooming products and more.

Cruise - 94 George Street, New Town

If you’re after high-end designer fashion and have the budget to match but want a more intimate experience than Harvey Nichols, head to Cruise on George Street. Designers include Gucci, Hackett, Prada and Paul Smith. Cruise is a unisex store, however the collections are predominantly for men.

21st Century Kilts - 48 Thistle Street, New Town

A Scottish Kilt is one of the most recongisable and iconic symbols of Scotland, however it’s unlikely a traditional tartan kilt will blend in easily with your everyday wardrobe. Instead, check out 21st Century Kilts, where expert tailors design and make beautiful kilts, both formal and casual, ideal for the modern man’s wardrobe. They offer both ready to wear and custom made items.

For Home:

Jeffreys Interiors - 8 N W Circus Place

The Jeffrey’s Interiors moody and ambient showroom is full of unique and luxurious items for the home. From stunning sofas and beautiful wooden furniture to cushions and curious ornaments, they have everything, including a whole section dedicated to their fabric and wallpaper library. They are also Scotland’s exclusive stockists for Ralph Lauren Home and the RLH Collection of antique inspired furniture.

Mr Wood’s Fossils - 5 Cowgatehead, Grassmarket

For a truly unique gift, head to the treasure trove that is Mr Wood’s Fossils in the Cowgate. Open since 1987, they stock fossils, minerals and meteorites with many items hundreds of millions of years old and ranging from pocket change to thousands of pounds.

Golden Hare Books - 66 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge

An independent bookstore located in Stockbridge with a beautiful hand-picked selection of books from the finest writers in national and international fiction. Golden Hare Books are dedicated not only to the love of reading but also to books as ‘beautiful life enriching objects of desire in their own right.’ Check out the children’s collection, which is particularly enchanting.

Author Bio

Georgina Porteous is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Ibiza Summer Villas, the leading villa rental agency in Ibiza. Although she’s been living in Ibiza for the last four years, she considers Edinburgh her second home and makes regular jaunts to the Scottish capital.

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