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Edinburgh shopping

There was a time when Princes Street, which more or less divides the city into medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, was Edinburgh's main shopping artery. These days the high street stores are of little interest to visitors. George Street, located just behind Princes Street, is where you'll find upmarket clothing boutiques (Cruise Clothes, Whistles, Jigsaw) and beauty shops (Penhaligon's, Jo Malone, Space NK). Multrees Walk, a tiny lane that runs alongside Harvey Nic's, is fast becoming a luxury enclave—Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Mulberry, and Anne Fontaine have already set up shop. The High Street and Royal Mile offer mostly tartan tat, but a few gems selling beautiful woolens and other quality Scottish goods make it worth the trip. There are also interesting shops along Victoria Street and in the Grassmarket (don't miss Armstrongs, 83 The Grassmarket; 44-131-220-5557;, a secondhand store famous for its fancy dresses. Stockbridge has more of the same, and there's another great vintage shop, Elaine's Vintage Clothes (55 St. Stephen St.; 44-131-225-5783), on St. Stephen Street.

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Joey D, Edinburgh

Joey D deconstructs traditional pieces such as tweed jackets, denim, and army khakis, reassembles them with leather, zips, and buckles, and ends up with...more

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Jane Davidson, Edinburgh

Hidden away in a Georgian town house on a narrow cobbled street, this women's clothing boutique has been open since 1969. Expect excellent service and...more

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Hamilton & Inches, Edinburgh

Established in 1866, Hamilton & Inches would be remarkable even if it didn't have a royal warrant as silversmith to the queen. Its grand shop is decked out with...more

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Concrete Wardrobe, Edinburgh

A showcase for young designers, particularly Scottish ones, Concrete Wardrobe is worth a visit for contemporary gifts (pottery, jewelry) and...more

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