Shopping in and around Leith

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Shopping in and around Leith

There’s no better place to begin than legendary Italian food emporium and Edinburgh institution Valvona & Crolla at Elm Row. Open since 1934, this is as close to food shopping in Rome as you’ll get in Scotland.

Further down Leith Walk, St Columba’s Hospice charity shop is one of the best in the city, with a cavernous interior crammed with (unintentionally) kitsch homeware, piles of gorgeous vintage linens, a mismatched melée of china of the sort to which Cath Kidston owes her career, and a clothing section to compete with any vintage store.

Across the road, second-hand book and music store Elvis Shakespeare’s name alone defies you to walk by. Outside you’ll find boxes of 50p paperbacks, and inside rare vinyl, with punk and dance being specialities.

Down the street, Pat’s Chung Ying Chinese Supermarket has shopping for Oriental foodstuffs all sewn up, but aside from every variety of noodle known to man, you’ll also find Hello Kitty candies in deliciously garish packaging, Sea Coconut cough mixture, Iron Buddha tea, and a vast range of beautiful crockery starting at just 65p.

A stone’s throw from a post-shopping drink at The Shore on Bernard Street is Flux, which sells ethical gifts but is a thankfully hemp-free zone, where you can pick up Dr Hauschka skincare, fair-trade cotton baby clothes, ethical gold jewellery and even David Shrigley-designed plectrums.

Elvis Shakespeare

347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SD

As the name bringing together two of the world's great icons suggests, this much loved Leith Walk institution treats music and literature as equals. Something for everyone, from country music to literary criticism, and Irish poetry to metal. Prices…

Flux

55 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.

Valvona & Crolla

19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA

This award-winning specialist Italian grocer, wine merchant and café bar has legendary status in the capital, if not the country as a whole. Its extremely loyal clientele may vary from the cream of Edinburgh society to students (normally with visiting…

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