Shopping in Edinburgh

From a historic flagship store to traditional markets – where is the best shopping in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh, as well as having some of the most fascinating cultural sights in the world is also a pretty good shopping experience!

As well as all of the main high street chains which sit on Princes Street like Debenhams, House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer you also have Jenner’s.

Jenner’s has sat in prime position on Edinburgh’s Princes Street since 1838 when it was founded by Charles Jenner and Charles Kennington. After being destroyed in a fire in 1892 William Hamilton Beattie – a Scottish architect rebuilt it and the store reopened in 1895. Jenner’s has been known as the “Harrods of the North” – it has a charming elegance, the grand hall and wooden balustrades which surround each floor captivate the onlooker. The shopper can gaze down at the floors below from the upper balconies, it is like wonderfully stepping back in time as you peruse the fine garments on offer.

If you seek high fashion from an upmarket clothing store then head to George Street where designer clothing chains LK Bennett, Anthropologie, Jigsaw and Karen Millen jostle for position along with wine bars and exclusive restaurant chains.

If you are an on trend fashionista then Multrees Walk is the place to be. The home to luxury shopping this area hosts: Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Mulberry and Links of London to name a few.

Victoria Street and the Grassmarket – as well as being having some of the best bars in Edinburgh, also has a vintage, quirky, artisan shopping reputation. A haven for up and coming Scottish designers and vintage clothing emporiums this area is perfect if you want to invest in a statement piece which can’t be found on the high street.

Stockbridge – just a short walk from the centre is a mish mash of galleries, world inspired interior shops, holistic spas, second hand stores, flea markets and cafes. Visit the Sunday market for artisan treats and a multitude of locally procured fresh produce.

These are just a few of the central areas in which to shop in Edinburgh, but whether you seek high end fashion, vintage clothing, a bespoke piece of jewellery or wish to explore many of the seasonal markets – Edinburgh has something for you.

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