Tucked away at the edge of the Grassmarket, Godiva Boutique is a dreamy little shop packed full of handpicked vintage pieces, quirky jewellery and clothes and accessories from independent designers. Even the decor is lovely, with fairy lights draped around the ceiling, slouchy leather couches piled up with cushions and a big Godiva mural on the wall. Godiva was opened in 2003 by owner Fleur MacIntosh, and in the 11 years since then it has well and truly established itself as one of Edinburgh’s favourite independent boutiques.
Recently Godiva held their first blogger evening, so I headed along for an after-hours browse round the shop. The Grassmarket & West Port is one of my favourite areas in the city, and I love how it’s full of independent businesses; at Godiva we were treated to brownies and cake from Lovecrumbs, chocolates from Mary’s Milk Bar and fruit smoothies from Hula – plus there was some Pimms of course!
We began the evening by wandering round the shop to admire everything. Personal favourites include the Karen Mabon scarves, the Queenie Brown lavender foxes and the Runaway Fox taxidermy jewellery. Unfortunately I had to leave a bit early, but there were lots of fun things planned for throughout the evening, including some jewellery making with Runaway Fox and a DIY craft station to create camera straps out of vintage scarves.
Godiva is such a lovely place for a browse on a Saturday afternoon, and you’ll be sure to find something to take home with you too. I received a brooch from Runaway Fox in my goody bag, and I’m sure I’ll be back to Godiva soon to add a necklace to my collection!
Have you visited Godiva Boutique yet?