There are plenty of intriguing independent shops in our beloved Edinburgh and some of them are really worth being discovered and explored in all their uniqueness. From Leith, Morningside, to Stockbridge and Bruntsfield, the original stores listed below have been recommended by some of the most followed blogs in Scotland and also have online shopping options.
Austen Thomson Hair Salon
If you are looking for a new hairstyle or simply need to give some freshness to your look, this is the right place for you! Recommended by Elevator Musik, one of the most popular Edinburgh bloggers, this salon will definitely transform you into a shining star, thanks to its talented hair stylists and innovative beauty techniques. Austen Thomson is located in a beautiful street in Leith and presents a delicate décor. When going there, you’ll find yourself immersed in a relaxing world, where traditional Edinburgh Georgian Architecture perfectly blends with an elegant and modern ambiance. Every customer is treated with great professionalism and receives a full consultancy by an experienced hair stylist in order to decide what look would suit them better. This hair salon has been around for five years only, but it has already become a success and well-known name in Edinburgh.
One of the most eclectic and fascinating shops in all Edinburgh, Spektakulär presents a bright and essential Scandinavian design. This independent homeware shop has been owned by a Swede for four years and is located on 11 Colinton Road, but has recently become a real hit among hipsters and home décor lovers, after being positively reviewed by many influential bloggers and publications in Scotland’s capital city, as wow247.co.uk.
Glamorous independent shop located on 43 Candlemaker Row, in Edinburgh city centre. This little but absolutely fascinating store sells handmade accessories as bags, jewels, notebooks, scarfs and many decorative items, all created by independent designers. Every item is colourful and out of the ordinary. It is a must see for anyone passionate about unique accessories and cheerful home décor. There is also a practical online shop https://hannahzakari.co.uk/ , which has been operating for over 10 years, although the actual shop opened in 2010 only.
The Edinburgh Bookshop
Winner for the best Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2014, the Edinburgh Bookshop is a tiny but absolutely adorable bookstore, located on 219 Bruntsfield Place, few meters away from the trendy Morningside area. The shop often hosts special events where authors present their books. Ian Rankin is among the famous Scottish writers who love meeting their fans and signing their books at the Edinburgh Bookshop. It is the perfect bookstore for who is looking for a cosy and joyful place, where it is possible to find best sellers and one of a kind type of books about any topic and discipline. It also specialises in children’s books and staff is very friendly.
A unique online shop where you can find anything you need for your loyal furry friend. Among the numerous items sold by this online store are healthy foods, Kong Toys (the safest and most original chew toys on the market), puppets, natural snacks and threats, collars, beds, leads, cosmetics, grooming tools, health products as medicines and vitamins, clothing and much more. Services offered by Just Dogs also include dog training and grooming. Besides the well-functioning and extremely practical online shopping option, Just Dogs also has a store on 14 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. If you are a dog owner and lover living in Scotland’s capital city, you cannot miss this place!