Must see shopping in Old Town

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    Armstrong’s is an Edinburgh fashion institution (established in 1840, no less), a quality vintage-clothes emporium offering everything from elegant 1940s…

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    This is Edinburgh’s coolest jewellery boutique, sourcing quirky pieces by indie designers from all over the world. Necklaces, earrings, brooches, cards,…

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    Underground Solush’n

    A paradise for those in search of new and secondhand vinyl, this place has thousands of records – techno, house, jungle, hip hop, R&B, funk, soul and 45s …

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    Joyce Forsyth Designer Knitwear

    The colourful knitwear on show at this intriguing little shop will drag your ideas about woollens firmly into the 21st century. Ms Forsyth’s trademark…

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    Forbidden Planet

    This place stocks a wide range of sci-fi comics, graphic novels, DVDs and T-shirts, as well as Star Trek, Simpsons and DC Comics merchandise. It’s also…

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    Ian Mellis

    Scotland’s finest cheesemonger purveys the best of British and Irish cheeses. This is the place to purchase traditional Scottish cheeses, from smooth…

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    Aha Ha Ha

    The guys at Aha Ha Ha have enough plastic poo, fake vomit, stink bombs and remote-control electronic farting machines to keep your average Dennis the…

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    Geoffrey (Tailor) Inc

    Geoffrey can fit you out in traditional Highland dress, or run up a kilt in your own clan tartan. The store's offshoot, 21st Century Kilts, offers modern…

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    Royal Mile Whiskies

    If it’s a drap of the cratur ye’re after, this place has a selection of single malts in miniature and full-size bottles. There’s also a range of blended…

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    A major stockist of designer clothes for women, with a selection of big-name labels such as Vivienne Westwood, Trippen, Rundholz, Nigel Cabourn and…

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    Mr Wood’s Fossils

    Founded by famous fossil hunter Stan Wood, who discovered ‘Lizzie’, the oldest fossil reptile yet known, this fascinating speciality shop has a wide range…

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    This unconventional, innovative boutique specialises in both vintage and modern, cutting-edge designs. It has been awarded accolades in the Scottish…

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    Bill Baber

    This family-run designer-knitwear studio has been in the business for more than 40 years, producing stylish and colourful creations using linen, merino…

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    Kilberry Bagpipes

    A maker and retailer of traditional Highland bagpipes, Kilberry also sells piping accessories, snare drums, books, CDs and learning materials.

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    Typical of the independent shops that cluster along Cockburn St, Cookie is a fashion boutique specialising in cute party dresses.

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    Quality Scottish knitwear and fabrics, including cashmere from Johnstons of Elgin, Fair Isle sweaters and Harris tweed.

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    Museum Context

    An Aladdin's cave of Harry Potter merchandise, unusual gifts and cards, novelty mugs, games and quality souvenirs.

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    Blackwell's Bookshop

    The city's principal bookstore, covering all subjects; it has a huge selection of academic books.

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    Pie in the Sky

    Gorgeous vintage and alternative fashion and accessories.