George Street, with its prominent old architecture and notable statues, attracts flocks of stylish shoppers come rain or shine. This grand street is renowned for housing some of the most sought-after shops, restaurants and bars in Edinburgh
. From classic coats and iconic leather jackets to the silkiest of bed linens, check out Culture Trip’s guide to shopping on George Street.
When you think of Jigsaw, the words timeless, chic and elegant spring to mind. This brand is a breath of fresh air. Without fail, expect to find the necessary staples here (along with iconic, stand-out pieces), all made from the finest of fabrics. Every item, whether folded or hanging, screams simple sophistication. Ever dreamed of getting the ‘I woke up like this’ look? That is Jigsaw to the core. Pieces here are on-trend without being too tacky and are the type that can be thrown on day after day without feeling old.
Jaeger is as British as can be. This UK born-and-bred clothing brand has been adorning the bodies of the ultra stylish since 1884. In other words, they know exactly what they’re doing. The Scottish weather has quite a temperament, so just to be safe, head to this gem for your classic camel coat. Jaeger is not just a one-hit wonder though, so make sure to browse their wonderful men’s and women’s collections.
Jaeger, 35 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 603 4576
Paperchase is a place of dreams when it comes to pens, paper, and all the good stuff in between. Choose from an ocean of options and mix-and-match with the coolest prints, materials, and textures. Stock up on unusual notebooks and revel in the ecstatic feeling of finding a perfect new pen. Happy hunting.
Paperchase, 77A George St, New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 226 4323
Any Cath Kidston enthusiast can spot the brand’s iconic prints all the way from Princes Street! This wee treasure trove may be a tight squeeze, but this doesn’t detract from the plethora of pencil cases, quirky mugs, keyrings, aprons and pens. The list really does go on. This British brand has impressed avid shoppers in the UK (and the rest of the world) since 1993.
Cath Kidston, 58 George St, New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 220 1509
Anthropologie was one of the best things to happen to George Street in recent years. This popular high-end relative of Urban Outfitters has its own distinct style. Consider it a retail utopia with its endless offerings of stunning jewellery and items for the home. Ever wondered where to get those wooden letters that decorate a wall or the tremendously trendy birdcage ornaments? Voila! It can be hard to process all the top-notch clothing options too. From beautiful floral prints to the more avant-garde, Anthropologie is a hip place to shop.
Anthropologie, 39 – 41 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 260 5200
The White Company
The White Company
The moment you set foot inside The White Company in Edinburgh, prepare to be overcome with a sense of sheer excitement. The aroma from the candles is utterly heavenly and the pearly-white displays are incredibly pleasing to the eye. Yes, most things are indeed white! From fabulous fabrics to luxurious linens and gloriously designed interiors, The White Company is leagues above the rest. Stop in to purchase that perfect fluffy dressing gown. Every single item in this shop is crafted with quality in mind.
The White Company, 88 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 300 0605
Aspiring chefs and home-style cooks are guaranteed to have a field-day at Lakeland. Try not to get overwhelmed with the endless possibilities and stellar selection of cooking utensils. Ever wondered how fancy restaurants get that perfectly shaped egg? Lakeland hosts a multitude of gadgets and gizmos, which ultimately have the ability to transform the way things are done in the kitchen. Browse items for the garden and delight in the fantastic gift options too.
Lakeland, 55 Hanover St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 220 3947
Jo Malone London
Breathe in the selection of alluring scents from luxury perfume brand Jo Malone London. This famous brand has so many choices, it’s hard to know where to start. Picky? Not a problem. Jo Malone prides itself on excellence and knowledge, so with a little perseverance, finding that perfect scent will be a breeze. If the bank allows, invest in one of their signature giant candles. With the sturdiest of wicks and sleek glass bowls, let the sensational aroma permeate every space of your home.
Jo Malone, 93 George St, Lothian, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 370 192 5161
This contemporary fashion brand is based out of London and never fails to create the most classic and stunning pieces. Stock up on these wearable works of art and be prepared to accept an influx of compliments. Back in 2008, this brand had a major relaunch, causing them to take their designs to new heights. Whistles is the place to find that perfect cocktail dress or sleek jumper.
Whistles, 97 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 226 4398