Edinburgh’s Princes Street offers everything you would expect from British high street shopping. Venture a little further and you will find unique and exclusive boutiques and brands to tempt you.
Whether clothes, shoes or accessories are your passion, Edinburgh offers international labels, haute couture, Scottish design and much more. Regardless of your budget, you’ll be sure to find the perfect pieces to add to your wardrobe, and when you return to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre you’ll have your hands full of shopping bags.
Architecture and shopping on George Street
Parallel to Princes Street, in the heart of the city, runs George Street. The street is architecturally delightful, situated in the New Town of the capital offering a blend of neo-classical and Georgian design. As you shop, you cannot help but admire your surroundings. Here you will find fashion labels including Hobbs, Gant, Jaeger, L.K. Bennett, as well as jewellers, bookshops, stationary, beauty and kitchenware stores. When it is time for a break, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from along the way.
Luxury brands under one roof
There are two exclusive department stores in the city centre. Harvey Nichols has raised the bar when it comes shopping in Edinburgh. With hundreds of luxury brands under one roof, this is a haven for fashionistas. Whether you are looking for a work outfit to impress, that perfect dress or suit for a special occasion, or beachwear, you’re guaranteed to find a knockout outfit here. Make sure you venture to the upper floor food hall, restaurant and bar. The bar has a terrace with beautiful views over the city.
Jenners, located on Princes Street is an institution in Edinburgh. It has serviced the city’s shoppers since 1838. This store has retained its traditional character and the interior is quite spectacular. Across several floors, you will find everything from beauty and interior, to fashion labels and shoes, so allow yourself some time to browse. Jenners even has a toyshop and Scottish Food Hall.
Walk the exclusive Multrees Walk
A stone’s throw from Harvey Nichols you will find Multrees Walk on St. Andrews Square. This quaint avenue is packed with some of the world’s most sought after labels. Coffee lovers can marvel at the Nespresso’s only Scottish store. If glistening stones or gold and silver capture your attention, then visit Pandora and Swarovski. For the latest trends in footwear, Kurt Geiger and Sole will make your feet dazzle. As for fashion, Burberry, BOSS, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and Reiss will service your needs. Complete your visit here with a refreshment in VinCaffè, a delicious deli and wine bar.
Independent boutiques on Thistle Street
Parallel to George Street is Thistle Street, one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems. Along this cobbled lane you’ll find local boutique stores, such as Jane Davidson, which is often the exclusive source of several brands in Scotland including Jimmy Choo, Victoria Beckham and Escada.
For styles offering clean lines, simplicity and Scandinavian design, Kakao by K does chic perfectly.
Covet brings together some of the world’s best designer accessories in this boutique store. These stores offer exclusive items so you won’t turn up at your next party matching your friends.
Traditional and contemporary Scottish designs
One for the gents, if you are looking for modern Scottish designs, make sure you stop by 21st Century Kilts. Modernising the Scottish kilt, for both formal or casual occasions, Howie Nicholsby and his team custom make kilts to your requirements. Choose from leather, denim, camouflage or tradition tartan and be the envy of all your mates.
Totty Rocks, in Bruntsfield, has a fantastic range of womenswear designed and made in Scotland. If it is quality and style with a Scottish twist you are after, make sure you visit this boutique. To add a touch of tweed and tartan to your wardrobe, visit Ness on the Royal Mile.
You will certainly feel like you have taken a step back in time when you walk through the doors of Walker Slater. Located on Victoria Street in the Grassmarket, these charming stores, one for men and one for women, are perfectly situated in the historic centre of Edinburgh. The two stores offer the best Scottish tweeds on the market including Harris Tweed. Whether you are looking for a tailored three-piece suit or informal knitwear, blazers or shirts, add an exclusive quality piece to your collection.
You can’t walk far in Edinburgh without discovering beautiful traditional and contemporary Scottish-made products. This cosmopolitan city also attracts some of the largest fashion labels from across the globe and packages them into intimate boutiques with impeccable service. In addition, you will find the glossy branded stores we are all so familiar with. Edinburgh is a haven for shoppers and this post just touches on the surface of what’s on offer. To find out more you will just have to come and explore for yourself.