Much like its bars, Leith’s shops tend to have a charm all of their own. Offbeat eco-friendly Shore shop Flux and Easter Road’s Eero and Riley are top spots for unusual gifts and homeware, while Georgian Antiques affords ample opportunity to browse one of Scotland’s largest antique emporiums. Leith Walk’s World of Pine and Crawford’s Furniture Salesroom offer inspiration for those on the lookout for interesting second-hand pieces. Books and music fans should check out Leith Walk’s Elvis Shakespeare, specialising in rare books and rarer punk and dance labels, and also Vinyl Villains further uptown, on Elm Row. Delis and Chinese supermarkets abound both on the Walk and down on the Shore, affording food lovers ample opportunity to pick up something a little unusual. For girls (and boys) looking for a spot of polish and pamper try Neil Barton, Hairsuit and Sesh, all of which come highly recommended, whether you’re looking for a quick trim or something altogether more adventurous.
Those looking for something more high street need look no further than Leith Docks for the Sir Terence Conran-designed Ocean Terminal, a substantial three-story shopping mall, boasting a host of favourites (Gap, Topshop, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins), as well as a cinema and a variety of restaurants and bars. Look out for the odd club night there too.