Edinburgh - New Town
Independent Shopping Guide
The New Town is Edinburgh’s answer to Knightsbridge. Playground for the rich (if not famous), and stomping ground for the capital’s own Sloane Rangers. Tucked away in its leafy depths, Stockbridge’s posh bohemian vibe brings the eccentric charm of a village. It goes without saying that the shopping is plentiful, as are opportunities to empty your bank account.
First off, park the kids at Kiss The Fish Studios to make hands-on crafts while you get the look sorted. Quirky designers can be found in Eden and Bliss, while up the road, long-running high-end designer boutique Jane Davidson (stocking Missoni and Diane von Furstenberg) and Scandinavian Kakao by K are close neighbours of Pam Jenkins where you’ll find Louboutin and Jimmy Choo shoes. Covet stocks designer handbags, while luxury lingerie boutique Boudiche boasts a huge range including Damaris and La Perla, and Boobytrap sells St Tropez-worthy swimwear. For streetwear, Goodstead keeps it real, selling Fjällräven, Trainerspotter and Sixpack.
Frontiers does upmarket Heidi-chic, and yummy mummies-to-be should make a beeline for nearby baby boutique Vanilla Bloom (Citizen of Humanity maternity jeans!), or Sam Thomas’s accessories. Dollyleo Apothecary are purveyors of exclusive skincare (Rodial, Dr Lewinns), and milliner Yvette Jelfs creates hats and fascinators by hand. Jewellery? You’re spoilt for choice. Alchemia Studio Gallery and Annie Smith hand-make bespoke pieces; Orkney designer Sheila Fleet has a special gallery store; Asimi stocks contemporary jewellery; Galerie Mirages specialises in designer silver and world pieces while Trinket and Chic & Unique are great for vintage. Or you could always make your own at The Bead Store.
InHouse, Jeffrey’s Interiors and The Crystal Chandelier Company will ensure your home looks up to scratch, plus Stockbridge is full of dusty, antique treasure troves. Unicorn Antiques, Mr Purves, the aptly named Antiques and the Gramophone Emporium (the place to go for collectors of old 78s) all offer good and eclectic selections. Finally, visit Studio One and Paper Tiger for glossy, quirky paper to wrap your purchases in.