The Local List: The best independent stores in Edinburgh to shop online

Support the high street from the comfort of your own home

This week’s Local List is from bonny Scotland.

Each week we are rounding up the best independent shops from cities around the UK to showcase all that the high street has to offer.

Edinburgh has range of incredible stores, including a quirky bookshop with dark academia vibes, a yummy bagel cafe, and the best spot to find the perfect jeans.

And even though you still can’t visit in person, they’re all available to shop online, so you can still show your support for these small businesses.

Mary’s Milk Bar

Dairy queen

Outside lockdown, Mary’s Milk Bar is unmissable for its fabulous hot chocolate gelato floats.

For now, though, we’ll have to make do with her inventive artisan chocolates and cakes, packed full of ever-changing flavours. New for spring is her white chocolate, saffron and nutmeg bar. Yum!

Where: 19 Grassmarket, EH1

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W. Armstrong & Son

Blast from the past

With four shops situated around the capital, Armstrong & Son is part of Edinburgh’s DNA and one of the UK’s oldest and most loved vintage clothing stores. There’s something for everyone, no matter your era.

Where: Flagship: 81-83 Grassmarket, EH1

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Need new jeans?

Since being founded in 2012 by Adele Louise Crombie, then endlessly searching for the perfect pair of jeans, ALC has curated the best denim brands and styles on the market, and now features a great pick of stylish women’s clothing.

Where: 61 Thistle St, EH2

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Armchair Books

A book-lover’s paradise

Conjure a picture of the perfect bookshop and it would look something like the family-run Armchair Books, stacked floor-to-ceiling with secondhand, rare and collectible volumes.

Where: 72-74 West Port, EH1

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We’re lusting after these bags

Selling accessories for you ‘to wear, live with and love’ is Covet’s USP and it doesn’t disappoint. From bags and scarves to jewellery, homewares and beauty booty, this is a great place to snap up a gift.

Where: 20 Thistle St

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Real Foods

Selling organic, fairtrade, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan ‘real foods’ since before it was cool (over 40 years), Real Foods is an Edinburgh institution. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re almost guaranteed to find it here.

Where: 37 Broughton St, EH1

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Curiouser & Curiouser

Scandi cool

Find everything from children’s gifts and nursery gear to cards, candles and prints here, all inspired by Scandinavian design. Don’t miss its chocolate stash.

Where: 93 Broughton St, EH1

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The Bearded Baker


Bagels, doughnuts and coffee. Bearded baker Rowan creates his bagels and treats from scratch every day, and it really shows.

Where: 46 Rodney St, EH7

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