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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is a great city for shopping. Easy accessed by road, rail or plane, our beautiful city has much to offer for weekend shoppers.
During the winter months, Edinburgh’s Princes Street is without a doubt one of the nicest and easiest city centres to shop. All shops are located to one side with the pretty Princes Street Gardens on the other. Along Princes Street you will find typical High Street stores River Island, Next, Gap, H&M, The Disney Store, Build A Bear Factory, Office, BHS, Waterstones, The Levi Store, Urban Outfitters, HMV, Barratts, All Saints, USC, Zara, Boots, Game, Currys Digital, Whittards of Chelsea, Lush, The Body Shop, Thorntons, Monsoon, Accessorise and Russell and Bromley.
Edinburgh’s oldest department store, Jenners, which opened it’s doors in 1838, is located towards the east end of Princes Street. Jenners is known as the ‘Harrods of the North’ due to it’s royal association. The Queen visited in 1988 on it’s 150th anniversary and it has held a Royal warrant since 1911. Jenner’s has everything you require from a department store. It also has a very much revered Father Christmas and children will delight in a visit to the magical grotto. Stocking, to my excitement, a large collection of high street fashion pioneers, Biba, no visit to Edinburgh is complete without a walk through it’s doors.
Shopping in Edinburgh stepped up a further notch with the arrival of its very own Harvey Nichols department store in 2002. A weekend trip to Edinburgh is much more of a designer experience since the luxury brand stockist opened its doors.
Stocking far too many designer brands to list on this post at least Harvey Nichols evokes a sense of style and designer flair. Walking through it’s impressive glass door held opened by one of its attired doormen, can never fail to excite this shopper!
The downstairs floor houses every make-up counter you will ever need, and ones you do not even know you did. From Laura Mercier to Estee Lauder every cosmetic requirement is catered for. You can even book to get your nails done at the exclusive nail and champagne bar, a place most girls make a beeline for. The subsequent floors house beautifully designed creations that most Edinburgh residents can only covet from afar. The fourth floor in particular houses a great restaurant and a food store with delights from all over the world.
Located at the edge of Multrees Walk, where elite brands such as Emporio Armani, Ted Baker, Links Of London, Mulberry, Louis Vitton, Reiss, Kurt Geiger, Replay, Firetrap, Calvin Klein, and Bravissimo take up space, Multress Walk also has a Sassoon salon and cafe.
There are two further department stores located along Princes Street, John Lewis and House of Frasers, (who also own Jenners). Both are located at opposite ends of the street and between all four department stores you will find everything you need.
Princes Street also benefits from two shopping malls, the St James Centre and Princes Mall. Both are located at the East end of Princes Street, close to the majestic Balmoral Hotel. The St James Centre has a very big John Lewis and is connected to Multrees Walk. St James Centre houses most High Street Brands such as River Island and Next, as well as a cafeteria area and internet cafe. Princes Mall houses a few high street brands such as KooKai and New Look, as well as a several mixed designer shops and Scottish tourist shops.
Running parallel with Princes Street is George Street. George Street is an eclectic mix of cool bars, restaurants and mid to luxury range of branded shops. Here you will find a broad selection of fashion retailers including Jo Malone, Cath Kidston, Karen Millen, Pepperberry, Whistles, Jack Wills, Cruise, Thomas Pink, Jaegar, Jigsaw, Coast, The White Stuff, Space NK and Hobbs.
The most exciting news since Harvey Nichols joined Edinburgh’s vibrant shopping scene and something that has been keeping fashionistas in Edinburgh on tender hooks with its opening date, is not the trams, (don’t get us started on that just yet!) but the huge Primark store. Just in time for the expected hordes of Christmas shoppers, Primark is set to open it’s doors this winter. In the mean time shoppers have had to trek to Stirling, Glasgow or Dunfermline to get their hands on the fast fashion label. But this winter, Edinburgh will be the one stop shop for visitors and residents alike.
Enjoy Edinburgh, Enjoy!