Independent shops, "Edinburgh"
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K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique89 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP
Knitters' paradise! Every possible colour and texture of yarn you can imagine, plus patterns, weekly classes, and an informal area for sitting and, well, knitting.
Focus (Edinburgh)70 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA
Skate and street wear for the boys, with labels like Stussy and Nike, Skullcandy headphones and Nixon watches; also stocks an excellent range of DVDs and is, like, the only place to go to get a new deck for your wheels. Right?
Scoosh107 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4EQ
Pinky, frothy, girlie clothes and accessories for Bruntsfield's yummy mummies. Everything from high-fashion wellies to designer reductions, plus a handy wardrobe exchange so you can pick through your neighbours' couture jumble! The staff are…
Vivaldi217 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH
Seasonally-appropriate accessories for Bruntsfield's lovely ladies.
Chillie19 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AF
Women and children's boutique: Unique, smart casual, feminine women's clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags, beautiful things you will not find on the high street. Fun, colourful, kids clothes and great gift ideas.
Enchantment57 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
Dark, incense-scented fairy cavern full of statuettes of imps, pixies and assorted gnomes. Run by a woman so ethereal she might well be a fairy herself.
Joe3 Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QQ
The long-running store formerly known as Joe Cool has supervised many a teenage ear piercing, but it's equally good for quirky homeware, excellent off-beat jewellery, and witty cards.
Kakao45 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
Kakao by K serves up an exclusive collection of super-feminine and stylish clothes, accessories and jewellery, all with a distinct Scandinavian flavour and not readily available in the UK. Kakao by K is focused on being a relaxed place for women to…
Epitome35 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QQ
Epitome offers a unique and inspiring shopping experience in an inviting and relaxed environment. Luxurious Scottish Cashmere, high-end designer clothes and accessories.
Present18 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU
Quirky homewares, one-off jewellery items, camp and kitsch artwork, and presents for pets.
Q Store5 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD
Uncompromising and fully-licensed sex shop at the centre of Edinburgh's gay district. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Technicolour2 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN
Hosting work from new artists, this gallery/shop sells handmade pretty jewellery from textiles to pearls.
Fabhatrix13 Cowgatehead, Edinburgh, EH1 1JY
Where did you get that hat, old bean? Well, Fabhatrix, actually. Top hats, clôches, trilbies, Scottish felt hats, vintage style, silk wedding hats, red hats, bowlers, straw hats, quirky tweed deerstalkers and feather fascinators …Fabhatrix sells nothing…
Flux55 Bernard Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6SL
Cracking little shop in the heart of Leith. Although it sells Scottish crafts, don't think for a second it's the same sort of tartan tat you'd find in the tourist zones. They also come with a splendid all-ethical produce guarantee.
Cookie29 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
Pretty cotton print frocks, brief, patterned smocks and edgy T-shirts from the likes of Eucalpytus, Yamama, Ruby Walk and Sugarhill. Certainly at the top end of the Cockburn Street price range, but still that little bit more affordable than anywhere…
Hadeel123 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN
Hadeel is unique amongst fair trade shops: it is focused on marketing Palestinian hand crafts. Items for sale include silver and mother of pearl jewellery, embroidered bags and purses, olive wood carvings and hand woven woollen rugs. Also stocked are…
Analogue39 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QB
So much more than just another art bookshop. Analogue is a hip design hub, gallery, and one of the best places to find out about the new movement of local graphic and graffiti artists like Elph and Kirsty Whiten. If there was such a thing as a bible of…
Godiva9 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA
One of the most original independent boutiques in Edinburgh, with a big front room stuffed full of exciting local design talent and a back room of vintage that's particularly good for boys. Recycled rara skirts, lovely frocks by local designers, and…
Swish22–24 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW
Street-edge fashion for big and little kids over two floors and two shopfronts. Ladieswear labels include Gsus, Religion and Putsch, and they're great for retro handbags and manbags, as well as skate-cool trainers and gifts. Cheap it ain't, but you pay…
Joey D54 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Local designer Joey D's clothes are remade and recycled from old items of clothing. Boiler suits, army tunics and tweed jackets are embellished and tweaked into styles that vary from clubby to downright flamboyant. Make sure you take a wander through…
Corniche2 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DT
Edinburgh's original designer label boutique offers outrageous creations (at equivalent prices) for boys and girls from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Katherine Hamnett, and Comme des Garcons.
ReMade147 North High Street, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6AN
ReMade is a gallery shop, specialising in local sustainable design. Also fairtrade and vintage.
Ragamuffin278 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA
Gorgeous, tactile knitwear for wool enthusiasts; stock includes several hard-to-find Scottish and European designers, and there's a quirky in-house label too.
Biketrax11 Lochrin Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9QX
Not only content with selling the things, this place also hires out bikes and repairs them too. There's everything in between, from mirrors to mudflaps, so it's a bit of glorious biking pick 'n' mix. Perfect for the hardened pro or the enthusiastic…
DollyLeo22 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HN
From its specially-sculpted interior, DollyLeo (created by London makeup artist Sadie Jean Sloss) peddles exclusive potions and offer personalised facial treatments and makeup tutorials for high class guys and dolls. Lines include butterLONDON, Rodial…