Student Guide 2015: where to shop in Edinburgh
For everything from vintage clothing to vinyl records and secondhand books, these independent shops have you covered
It’s vintage, darling. Or at least it could be. With that in mind, your first port of call should be Armstrongs. This independent clothing shop sells everything from leather jackets and kilts for men to ball gowns and classic-cut jeans for women, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the main branch located on the Grassmarket, fear not: there are two more stores in the city, which you can find on Teviot Place and South Clerk Street. Other good vintage and vintage-style stores include Godiva on the West Port and Those Were The Days on St Stephen Street.
For charity shops, you’d do well to head down to Nicolson Street. There, you’ll find a group of stores (the likes of Shelter and Oxfam) selling everything from pre-loved clothing to books. Another good bet is to take a bus down to Stockbridge, where you can scope out the selection of charity shops such as Barnardo’s and Cancer Research. Plus, once you’ve snapped up a bargain, there are plenty of cafes to relax in, as you bathe in the unique satisfaction that only a £2 cardigan can bring.
Bibliophiles should become well-acquainted with the used book stores around Edinburgh’s Old Town. Edinburgh Books on West Port is perhaps the best known in the city (well, it is named after it), while other good options include Southside Books on South Bridge and the Old Town Bookshop on Victoria Street.
DJs and vinyl enthusiasts can find records at VoxBox on St Stephen Street, Vinyl Villains on Elm Row, Elvis Shakespeare on Leith Walk, or from Avalanche Records, which has moved about the city a wee bit, but now has a stall in the Tron Kirk market most weekdays.