7 Cutest Independent Shops in Edinburgh You'll Love ...


7 Cutest Independent Shops in Edinburgh You'll Love ...
7 Cutest Independent Shops in Edinburgh You'll Love ...

If you’re heading on holiday to Scotland, then there are some gorgeous independent shops in Edinburgh you simply must check out! When I visited Scotland last month, these independent shops in Edinburgh were filled with all manner of delightful things to buy – the difficulty is trying not to spend all your cash at once!

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Swish, Cockburn Street

Swish, Cockburn Street If you’re asking for directions to this cute little boutique, make sure you pronounce the street name correctly - it’s pronounced Coh-burn Street! Inside this gorgeous boutique you’ll find womenswear and menswear from brands such as Yumi, Closet and Numph – some of the dresses are to die for! Luckily, if you’re not travelling to Edinburgh soon, the boutique has its own website, swishlife.co.uk, where you can treat yourself to some new outfits (or even pick up some Christmas gifts!). This is one of my favorite independent shops in Edinburgh.


Swish certainly stands out with its thoughtfully curated collection that screams individuality. Whether you're after a quirky piece of jewellery to add a flair to your outfit or searching for that perfect unique gift, this boutique doesn't disappoint. The interior's charming décor complements the eclectic style of the clothing, ensuring a shopping experience that is both pleasurable and memorable. It's like discovering a treasure trove of fashionable gems nestled in the heart of the city. Plus, the attentive staff are always on hand to provide style advice, making it a haven for fashion enthusiasts.


Cookie, Cockburn Street

Cookie, Cockburn Street Cockburn Street in the Old Town is the perfect place for a spot of shopping followed by a cozy pub lunch, and once you’ve checked out Swish, you might want to head for Cookie. Cookie has been around for years and stocks brands such as Sugarhill and Yamama. Expect to pay a little more for a pretty print dress here than on the High Street, but then you’re getting something more unusual for your money!


Cookie is a charming independent boutique located in Cockburn Street in the Old Town of Edinburgh. It has been a part of the city’s fashion scene for years and is a must-visit destination for those looking for something special. The store stocks a variety of brands, including Sugarhill and Yamama, offering unique pieces that are sure to stand out from the crowd.

The shop has a wide selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as a selection of vintage items. The prices are a bit higher than the average High Street store, but the quality and uniqueness of the items make it worth it. The friendly staff is always happy to help you find something that suits your style and budget.

Cookie is the perfect place to pick up something special for yourself or a loved one. Whether you’re looking for a unique dress, a new pair of shoes, or a special gift, Cookie is sure to have something that will make you smile. After shopping, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the cozy pubs nearby.


Joey D, Broughton Street

Joey D, Broughton Street This has always been one of my all-time favorite shops – when I lived in Edinburgh I spent so much money here! Joey D’s fashion pieces are celebrity favorites, but the designer is probably best known for his range of up-cycled handbags – expect bags made from tweed, vintage sofa fabric and bullet casing straps. There’s even a bag made entirely from Edinburgh Council parking tickets! Each piece is a one off, so whilst they’re quite expensive, you’re picking up something really unique and beautiful. Check out the website at joey-d.co.uk, where you can buy clothes and bags online!


Armstrongs Edinburgh, the Grassmarket

Armstrongs Edinburgh, the Grassmarket Armstrongs is THE place to be if you love vintage. This vast vintage emporium is an absolute treasure trove of pre-owned goodies, from retro shoes and bags to glamorous gloves, hats and outfits. If you’re looking for the perfect 1920s frock for your prohibition drinks party or simply want to channel some 1940s glamour with a chic pair of gloves, then Armstrongs is the place to be! It’s also a great place to shop with friends as you can have fun trying on all the cool outfits and accessories – the staff are relaxed and friendly, so you can stay all day trying on clothes to your heart’s delight!


Fabhatrix, the Grassmarket/Cowgatehead

Fabhatrix, the Grassmarket/Cowgatehead If like me, you love hats, then you’ll love Fabhatrix! I used to always be mesmerized by the wonderful window displays of this hat shop when I lived in Edinburgh – they stock a huge range of men’s and women’s hats from chic cloches and berets to caps and knit pull-on beanies. If you’re looking for a winter hat or a fascinator for a wedding or celebration, this is the perfect place to come, as they have some really unusual offerings. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, they even offer a bespoke hat making service! Their formed felt cloche hats and tweed numbers are absolutely divine!


Nestled in a charming nook between the vibrant Grassmarket and historic Cowgatehead, Fabhatrix is where hat enthusiasts can find their heart's delight. Imagine a quaint boutique brimming with bespoke craftsmanship; from the sophisticated fedoras for dapper gentlemen to the playful sunhats that women adore for summer picnics. They don’t just sell hats, they celebrate a timeless accessory with unparalleled personal service. And for events that call for a touch of elegance, their array of fascinators and occasion hats are not only striking but also uniquely yours. The experience at Fabhatrix transcends mere shopping; it's about finding a hat that feels as though it was made just for you.

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Cutie House, Cockburn Street

Cutie House, Cockburn Street We’re back on Cockburn Street again (well, it is awesome for shopping, and just off The Royal Mile!) at the Cutie House, which as the name suggests, is filled with super-cute offerings. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli or cute anime figures then you’ll love Cutie House, where you can indulge in some cozy Totoro slippers or pick up some new Hello Kitty stationery. Just a word of warning – it’s hard to leave here without spending your cash!


Amidst the quaint cobbled stones, this little treasure trove is a paradise for those with a penchant for all things whimsical. Forget the mundane when you step inside; it's almost like wandering into an enchanting forest swathed in the magic of Japanese animation. From spirited away soot sprites adorning the walls to an array of Kawaii accessories for every season, your heart will flutter with joy. The atmosphere is imbued with a childlike wonder that'll make even the grumpiest of visitors crack a smile. Whether you're looking to treat yourself or find the perfect gift, this shop is a delightful escape into a cuter, softer world.


21st Century Kilts, Thistle Street

21st Century Kilts, Thistle Street A bit of a wildcard this one, but if you’re shopping with your man, where better to head than a kilt shop? 21st Century Kilts are revolutionizing the kilt and their bespoke and ready to wear kilts have been seen on celebs from Vin Diesel to Alan Cummings. With modern kilts that include camouflage, pinstripe and leather options, these aren’t your average kilts, and you’re more likely to encourage your man to wear one (whether he chooses to wear it as a traditional Scotsman would is another matter!). Howie Nicholsby’s cutting edge designs were featured at London Fashion Week in 1999 and since then have become popular with men of all ages!

Edinburgh has some amazing independent shops tucked away off Princes Street, and many of them can be found in the Old Town. If you’re looking for unusual gifts or just an outfit that’s something a little bit different, you’re sure to find it here. There are probably some independent shops I haven’t discovered yet – do you know of any hidden gems in Edinburgh?

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