If shopping is your passion take a walk along Edinburgh’s
Street and George Street. Each, stretching for nearly a mile,
these two streets offer designer stores and all the main high
Princes Street is Edinburgh’s principal street. Uniquely for a
capital city, the street is one-sided. Opposite the shops, Princes
Street Gardens are the perfect place to rest between shopping
trips, or you could alternatively visit one of the cafés above
Princes Street. If caffeine doesn’t revive you, the view of
Edinburgh Castle certainly will.
Street and Multrees Walk (just off St Andrew Square)
comprise of shops offering high-end designer brands. Independent
shops are concentrated in the Old Town, mainly on Cockburn Street,
the Grassmarket and Victoria Street. Another
location for unique shops is the Capital’s West End Village centred
around William Street.
Across the city region there are a number of retail malls
offering a mixture of high street brands, bespoke outlets,
restaurants, bars and entertainment options. Ocean Terminal
occupies a stunning setting on Leith’s waterfront, whilst the
Almondvale Shopping Centre in
Livingston offers discounted designer brands and high street
Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market is the largest of its kind in
Scotland and is held every Saturday at Castle Terrace. Farmers’
markets are also held in towns and cities across the region.
Edinburgh’s annual Christmas Festival marks the return of the
Traditional German Market to appearance on Edinburgh’s Castle
Street, while there are a variety of other markets specialising in
regional cuisines throughout the year.
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