This list of Edinburgh's Shopping areas is not intended to be comprehensive, more of a quick guide for tourists and other visitors to the city of Edinburgh. If we have missed something you think should be included please let us know via the contact details at the bottom of the page. Edinburgh offers a shopping experience like no other. Whatever your mood and whatever you're looking for, the city has something to suit. From the High Street favourites of Princes Street to the funky boutiques of the New Town and West End, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Princess Street offers the normal UK High Street favourites, such as Zara, Gap, H&M and Frasers with the unique backdrop of the spectacular Edinburgh Castle. A block away from Princes Street is the more boutique shopping area of George Street which has a mix of sophisticated shops and hip bars.
For some Scottish souvenirs, the best place to head to is the Grassmarket. Edinburgh’s vibrant and historic Grassmarket area, overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, offers a range of interesting things to see and do for the whole family. Browse through some of Edinburgh’s most unique and quirky shops, or watch the world go by from one of the many pavement cafés, restaurants and bars.
St James Shopping is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s cosmopolitan city centre and offers shoppers a fabulous range of stores … from John Lewis and Next, to Republic, River Island and Wallis. Shoppers can relax and catch up with friends over a coffee in Costa, or have a bite to eat in Food on 1 or The Place to Eat restaurant in John Lewis. St James Shopping is surrounded by an eclectic mix of classic and modern architecture, ancient monuments and designer boutiques. St James Shopping forms a natural extension to Princes Street, and is easily accessed by car, bus, train or on foot. The centre is within easy reach of some of Edinburgh’s finest restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment centres.
Edinburgh Mela Festival
(Tue 29th Aug, 2017)
The Edinburgh Mela Festival is a celebration of cultural diversity through the arts. Theatre, music, film, visual art and physical performance take place alongside a food and craft market.
International Storytelling Festival
(Wed 18th Oct, 2017)
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is Scotland's annual celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling.
Christmas in Edinburgh
(Wed 22nd Nov, 2017)
The city of Edinburgh invites visitors to get in to the Christmas spirit with fabulous festive celebrations and a month long Christmas party! Attractions in include a German Christmas market, an ice rink and various Christmas decorations.