Shopping in Edinburgh offers a real mix of luxury brands, high street stores and quirky boutiques. If you are planning to indulge in some retail therapy in the Scottish capital you may wonder where to begin. We thought we would help you out with a guide to the best places to shop in Edinburgh
St James Quarter
This brand new, 1.7 million square foot centre opened in June 2021 and is one of Edinburgh’s top shopping destinations. The £1 billion project has even added to the city skyline, with the distinctive swirling top of the W Hotel, in the centre of the development.
Only a 15 minute walk (10 minute bus journey) from KM Central and Richmond Place Apartments, St James Quarter certainly puts Edinburgh on the map when it comes to shopping. No matter what you are looking for, you will probably find it here. The centre boasts the only Pull & Bear, Bershka and Stradivarius stores in Scotland along with major high-end stores such as Kurt Geiger, Calvin Klein and Hotel Chocolat. Other high street names such as John Lewis, Boots, Zara, The Perfume Shop and Lego store can all be found here as well. With 40 stores already open, and still another 19 due by late summer 2021, this is certainly a shoppers dream!
If you feel a bit peckish while perusing you can refuel with a burger at Five Guys, a taco at Tortilla or even a doughnut from Krispy Crème. A huge food hall is due to open later in the summer with stalls serving Scotch beef, fresh seafood and sourdough pizzas.
And if you want a break from shopping, you can strike it lucky at Lane 7’s ten pin bowling alley. This will be further enhanced when an Everyman cinema will open later in the year.
At the East end of George Street, next door to St James Quarter, lies Multrees Walk. This pedestrianised street is Edinburgh’s home to luxury shopping.
Shops on this street include Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Multrees Walk also boasts Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols store, a high-end department store selling the likes of Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney as well as a host of other luxury fashion brands.
No visit to Multrees Walk, or indeed Edinburgh, is complete without a visit to Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor bar and restaurant. As the name suggests, it sits on the fourth floor of the store and offers spectacular views across Edinburgh on one side and across the Firth of Forth into Fife on the other.
Running parallel to Princes Street, and a 15 minute walk (15 minute bus journey) George Street is home to some high end brand names. The White Company, Jo Malone, Anthropology, Jigsaw and Mint Velvet are just some of the names on one of the best known shopping streets in Edinburgh’s New Town.
No visit to George Street is complete without treating yourself to some lunch, dinner or cocktails and the options are endless (almost). From the dramatic interior of the Dome to the trendier vibes of Tigerlily, Le Monde and Copper Blossom, George Street should be at the top of the agenda for any shopping trip to Edinburgh.
In the very heart of Edinburgh lies Princes Street, providing a mile-long stretch of high street shops of every description. From Marks and Spencer’s to Sports Direct as well as a host of phone shops (including an Apple store) and jewellers, you will find most of the big name brands along this street.
Only 15 minute walk (10 minute bus journey) from KM Central and Richmond Place Apartments, this street boasts shopping with a view. The shops stand on one side of the street while the other side opens up to the wonderfully peaceful Princes Street Gardens, the perfect place to rest during a busy day shopping. Overlooking the Gardens is the world famous, and very impressive, Edinburgh Castle, a five-minute walk away. You will be hard pushed to find a better high street view anywhere else in the UK.
Princes Street Gardens come alive at Christmas time when the German market stalls set up for the month of December. A great place to pick up any last minute gifts with stalls selling a range of handmade jewellery, ornaments and candles. And if it gets too cold, you can warm yourself up with a hot mug of glϋhwein and some food from the plentiful food stalls.
Situated by Leith Docks, this large shopping centre is a bit further out of town but well connected via the local bus service, click here for the bus route map. Ocean Terminal is full of high street names including GAP, French Connection, H&M, New Look and White Stuff. Also in the centre is The Leith Collective, a shop run as a community of artists who upcycle products to sell. The range of products is so diverse and can include anything from lamps, mirrors, jewellery and glassware. With new products being upcycled on a daily basis it is worth visiting the shop to see what is on offer.
In addition to the shopping you can also follow in the footsteps of Royalty by boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia. This fascinating tour allows you to explore Britannia’s five decks which were a home away from home for the Royal family when at sea for over 40 years. Or, if you would prefer to put your feet up with a film after a day’s shopping, the Vue cinema offers the latest blockbusters.
There are plenty of food outlets to refuel during, or after, your shopping spree including Wagamama, Pizza Express, Nando’s and Costa. In close proximity to Ocean Terminal are some great restaurants including two Michelin Star restaurants, Martin Wishart and The Kitchin.
With so many shopping opportunities in Edinburgh you will want to ‘shop ‘til you drop’ and we have got the perfect place for you to rest those weary feet for the night. We would recommend our great-value, 3-star, city-centre KM Central or Richmond Place Apartments. With fresh, modern and comfortable rooms, free WiFi and only a 15-minute walk to a shopper’s dream, our accommodation is ideal for recharging your batteries, ready for another day at the shops.
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