Shopping in Edinburgh
|| Shedding a few
pounds should come easily to any shopper venturing to
Edinburgh as the variety of shops offer a refreshing change
from the average high street.
Designer stores and high street stalwarts are interspersed
with friendly boutiques, souvenir sellers and just a touch
of something a little more eccentric.
The compact but comfortably formed centre will be a joy
for avid shoppers and those a little less enthusiastic,
as no shop or stall is too far away from the one you’re
For typically Scottish purchases shoppers could head down
the Royal Mile [map],
however the real shopping action will be found on Princes
described as ‘one of the world’s most spectacular
If high-end fashion is your forte then Scotland’s
only Harvey Nichols, opened in 2002 by actor Ewan
McGregor is a must. With a trip to the designer shops
on George Street [map] a close second.
For something a little more eclectic try Rose Street [map] (a lane behind Princes Street) for small jewellery and
clothes shops, Victoria Street for specialist food stores
and arts and crafts shops and the Grassmarket in
the Old Town.
Shops are usually open 9:00am to 5:30pm with late night
shopping on Thursday, however some stores extend their
hours in the summer to give shoppers more chance to fulfil
their purchasing needs and desires. In addition, some
of the shopping centres peppered around Edinburgh provide
later than usual closing times all year round.
As with most popular areas, it can get very busy especially
on a Saturday… in the summer… during one of
the city festivals. This is because as well as all the
shoppers and tourists the pavements are also lined with
street performers vying for your attention.
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