5 of the Best Independent Shops in Edinburgh

best independent shops in edinburgh

One of the best things about living in Edinburgh is that there’s an abundance of independent shops around the city (and independent restaurants, bars and cafes too!). Whilst shopping on the high street can be handy, I try to support independent shops as much as I can. Not only are you helping local small businesses, but you’re also getting a more unique product that’s often handmade or sourced from a specialist designer.

From clothes to jewellery and homeware to art, here are five of my favourite independent shops in Edinburgh which are definitely worth a browse next time you’re shopping.

best independent shops in edinburgh

Godiva

Godiva stocks a wide range of clothing and accessories from independent British designers, as well as a sizeable collection of handpicked vintage pieces. I recently went along to check out their new spring collections and everything was bright, fun and beautiful with new pieces from designers like Rowanjoy and Karen Mabon. I particularly loved the dainty jewellery from Reeves & Reeves.

The eclectic range of stock in Godiva makes it one of my favourite independent shops in Edinburgh for finding new accessories or treating myself to a statement wardrobe piece.

Find them: Godiva, 9 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA

Curiouser & Curiouser

Although I had heard of Curiouser & Curiouser‘s Broughton Street shop before, it wasn’t until they opened another shop in Bruntsfield that I really fell in love with it. I’m always popping in here for a browse after I’ve been out for brunch, it’s the perfect Sunday afternoon spot and definitely one of my most visited independent shops in Edinburgh.

Great for both gifts and treats for yourself, Curiouser & Curiouser stocks a selection of books, stationery, art and prints, homeware, jewellery, trinkets and gifts – a little bit of everything, really! Plus they have lots of blogger-favourite Rifle Paper Co things.

Find them: Curiouser & Curiouser, 106 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4LA / 93 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ

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Life Story

If you love Scandi style homeware, you need to visit Life Story. It’s one of my favourite independent shops in Edinburgh for super cool home accessories as well as beautifully designed stationery and gifts. As well as stocking legendary Scandinavian designers, Life Story also has plenty of bits and pieces from local and British designers who have that minimalist Scandi vibe.

Expect things like stationery from HAY, bath and body products from Mirins Copenhagen, home accessories from Ferm Living, and jewellery from Wolf & Moon. The shop itself looks like something straight from Pinterest, and it even has its own mini coffee shop within the store selling tea, coffee and cake from local bakers.

Find them: Life Story, 53 London Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6LX

Hannah Zakari

Whenever I fancy treating myself to some new jewellery, Hannah Zakari is usually my first port of call. If your jewellery style is quirky and modern, this is one of the best independent shops in Edinburgh to find unique pieces to add to your collection.

They’re a stockist of my fave Wolf & Moon too, plus they have pieces from lots of other independent designers like Finest Imaginary, Kate Rowland, Eclectic Eccentricity and Dotpop. Most of the stock is jewellery, but you’ll also find a small selection of other accessories like hats, scarves, notebooks and even temporary tattoos. As with all of these independent shops in Edinburgh, the website gives you a good indication of what sort of thing Hannah Zakari sell, but it’s always worth popping into the shop to see the full range of hidden gems.

Find them: Hannah Zakari, 43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QB

best independent shops in edinburgh

Red Door Gallery

Located on Victoria Street, aka one of the most picturesque streets in Edinburgh, the Red Door Gallery is a compact little shop which is full to the brim with unique art, prints, cards, homeware and accessories. Their main focus is the prints, but there are plenty of other bits and bobs to buy too – everything from makeup bags to hand-painted plant pots.

They have lots of Edinburgh themed prints from local artists, which is great if you’re a visitor looking for a stylish souvenir or are picking up a gift for someone who loves Edinburgh. My favourites include David Fleck (his Our Dear City print has been on my mantlepiece waiting to be framed for… far too long!), Tom Pigeon‘s minimalist prints, and Emily Hogarth‘s paper-cut designs.

Find them: Red Door Gallery, 42 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW

What are your favourite independent shops in Edinburgh?

Gillian

Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

2 Comments

  • Deserae says:

    I love Curiouser and Curiouser! I swear, I’ve bought half the store. Well, not really, but the things in my flat from the shop are too numerous to want to list them. It is my go-to currently for cards to send back to family in the US. Partly because they have great products, and partly because the Broughton Street location is so conveniently near me. I’ve never been to Life Story shop, but it sounds like it would be worth a peek.

  • Roz says:

    Great summary! Hannah Zakari is so cute, I got a sloth necklace from there several years ago!

    There is also Popping Up in Stockbridge which has lots of work by local artists, designers and makers. A bit like The Scottish Design Exchange in OT.

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