If you haven’t heard of Love From Indie Street before, well, you need to familiarise yourself pronto. Set up to encourage shoppers to leave high street chains behind and embrace independent shops instead, Love From Indie Street are making it simple to shop locally in our fair city. And now it’s even easier, with the introduction of their Shop Like A Local Map which highlights some of the best indie gems in Edinburgh. After studying our map (which you can pick up in the shops listed on the LFIS website or download a digital copy here) we put together a route through the city, stopping off at our favourite local haunts. Look out for some insider tips from Indie Street founder, Rebecca Christensen, as you join us on our journey. Let’s go!
“We have such a thriving independent scene yet people dont always know where to go to find the shops” – Rebecca Christensen
10.30: Breakfast at Cairngorm Coffee
Get fuelled up for a busy day of shopping in Cairngorm Coffee‘s snug little underground café on Frederick Street. The rustic charm of this wee establishment makes it the perfect place to ease yourself into the day, with a hot cup of your favourite coffee and one of their legendary grilled cheese sandwiches. Breakfast done right! Use their built-in iPads and free wifi to perfect your shopping route and – of course – Instagram your rather photogenic flat white.
Rebecca loves: “the chilled out atmosphere, awesome grilled cheese and perfect coffee”.
12.00: Boutique Shopping at Covet & Kakao by K
After a leisurely breakfast, head just round the corner to Thistle Street, a haven of undeniably charming boutiques full the the brim with the best of this season’s clothes and accessories. For a classic, minimal vibe, head to Kakao by K which brings a carefully selected array of Scandinavian designers to Edinburgh. Focusing on style and simplicity, Danish owner Karina’s signature care-free spirit makes shopping here a laid-back experience. Then stop off at Covet to pick the perfect handbag to match your new gladrags, with all the clutches, totes and satchels you could dream of from a variety of different designers.
Rebecca loves: Kakao by K’s “super stylish clean Scandinavian styles and statement jewellery, and it always smells amazing too!” and Covet’s “range of gorgeous colours and styles to suit all seasons”.
13.00: Man Shopping at The Brotique
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you boys! Whether you’re a dapper gent looking for some new accessories, or are hunting for the perfect gift for the man in your life, The Brotique have you covered. Their tailored selection of unique fashion accessories, books, grooming products, techy bits and bobs, homeware and other gifts are everything a modern man could want. Find them perched on the corner of Queen Street and Frederick Street.
Rebecca loves: “the man cave and amazing radios”.
14.00: Cake Break at Cuckoo’s Bakery
If it’s a crisp, sunny autumn afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through the city centre and up Lothian Road until you reach Cuckoo’s Bakery in Bruntsfield. Grab a table, tucked away behind the counter, and then peruse the daily selection of cupcakes housed in a vintage haberdashery cabinet. From staples like Red Velvet and the award winning Raspberry & White Chocolate, to seasonal specials and even cocktail cupcakes, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Rebecca loves: “the seriously decadent range of tasty treats, the black bottom is a must on every visit”.
15.00: Shoe Shopping at Ooh Ruby Shoes
After resting your feet for an hour or so, step across the road to Ooh Ruby Shoes, the loveliest shoe boutique in Edinburgh. The minimal, bright and airy shop creates the perfect surroundings for browsing beautiful designer shoes and trying on a pair or two. With lots of stylish European brands on display, everything you find here is a little bit different to the usual high street offerings. We can’t get enough of the A/W boots from the likes of Ash and Billi B.
Rebecca loves: “you can find the perfect stylish shoe for every occasion”.
16.00: Bespoke Shopping at Totty Rocks
Tired of wearing the same clothes as everyone else? Call in on the ladies at Totty Rocks who have a stunning range of handmade clothes in their flagship store on Barclay Place. Each item can be custom made to order using your own measurements, ensuring it fits absolutely perfectly. The fabrics are all locally sourced and everything is hand crafted right here in Edinburgh, so it’s the perfect way to shop local and treat yourself to something beautifully bespoke for a special occasion.
Rebecca loves: “the way the talented team create stunning outfits that firmly put Edinburgh on the style map”.
17.30: Flower Shopping at Rose & Ammi
On your way to dinner, nip into Rose & Ammi to pick up a bunch of flowers for your lucky date. This Pinterest-worthy florist is overflowing with leafy greenery, tiny succulents, unusual house and garden plants and – of course – plenty of freshly cut blooms. The flowers all have a very natural, wild and “just picked” feel; choose a selection of your favourites and get a little bouquet made up to take with you (and treat yourself to a cute little cactus while you’re at it).
Rebecca loves: “the brilliant mini house plants that start at £3 and Lydia’s stunning creations”.
18.30: Dinner at The Stockbridge Restaurant
Round off a successful day of shopping with a well-deserved feast at The Stockbridge Restaurant. The cosy, intimate restaurant – adorned with candles and fairy lights – is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and three course menu of delicious, local produce and seasonal ingredients. Look out for succulent Scottish seafood and game on the menu, and don’t forget to indulge in dessert afterwards.
Rebecca loves: “it’s super romantic and the indulgent food is always locally sourced and cooked to perfection”.
Shop Like a Local is all about helping tourists and city dwellers get off the beaten track and discover the hidden gems that make up our amazing city of Edinburgh, so get yourself a map, plan your own route (or borrow our one!) and get exploring. Let us know in the comments below where your Shop Like a Local route would take you.