Edinburgh has a distinctive retail offer characterised by a diverse mix of UK multiples, strong medium-sized firms, niche independents and a growing farmers' market sector.

Substantial investment is underway to expand and redevelop a number of flagship retail sites across Edinburgh including Princes Street, George Street, Multrees Walk and Edinburgh St. James.

Recent additions to the City Centre retail offer include Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Apple, Urban Outfitters, Mango, Nespresso and Primark. Other retailers in the capital include Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Next, USC, Schuh, H&M and Scotland's only Harvey Nichols.

Edinburgh's status as the most prosperous UK city outside London has helped attract a growing number of premium retailers and the capital is now home to a new luxury shopping quarter at Multrees Walk, including Harvey Nichols.

A rich mix of speciality, multiple and destination retailers, all-year-round events including the Winter Festival, historic settings such as Edinburgh Castle and ongoing public realm improvements have helped Edinburgh and the wider city region build its reputation as a retail destination.

Essential Trends - City Centre BID market intelligence.

Under the brand 'Essential Edinburgh', Edinburgh’s Princes Street and George Street area has become one of Scotland's first Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), an area where businesses have voted to invest collectively in improvement projects which will benefit the local economy.

Essential Edinburgh, in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council, produces a monthly e-bulletin; Essential Trends to highlight a wide range of performance data relating to this BID. 

Other current BIDs in the city cover the areas of Greater Grassmarket, West End and Queensferry.

City centre retail clusters

Edinburgh Saint James

Edinburgh Saint James is undergoing an ambitious £850m redevelopment and expansion that will give Edinburgh its biggest new retail development and create a new shopping, business and leisure quarter in the city. The project is tipped to provide one of the best concentrations of quality retail outside Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Princes Street

Princes Street is home to flagship high street stores such as Debenhams, Frasers, Zara, Urban Outfitters and H&M, alongside historic Jenners and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Princes Street Gardens is the venue for seasonal markets including the Traditional German Christmas Market and and festive Polish market, while the Edinburgh Farmers' Market is held in nearby Castle Terrace.

Multrees Walk

Harvey Nichols anchors this new luxury quarter for Edinburgh, alongside a host of other top-end retailers including TESLA, Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, REISS, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Kurt Geiger, JoJo Maman Bebe and Valvona & Crolla's VinCaffè.

George Street

A chic fashion hub, with brands including Cruise, Jack Wills, Hobbs, Aspinall of London, ROX, Arran Aromatics and White Stuff rubbing shoulders with stylish bars and restaurants including TigerLily, Ricks, Opal Lounge, Chaophyra, Jamie's Italian, Urban Angel, Tempus and The Dome.

The Westend

Edinburgh's West End 'Village' is home to a vibrant mix of designer fashion boutiques, organic food retailers, gift shops, homeware retailers and galleries as well as a cluster of High Street names and lively bars, coffee shops and restaurants.

Grassmarket, Victoria Street and the Cowgate

A buzzing restaurant, pub and shopping area beneath Edinburgh Castle, the area is brimming with Scottish designers, artisans and independents selling crafts, vintage clothing and antiques to gourmet food in a vibrant al fresco setting.

Royal Mile, High Street and Canongate

A tourist's mecca for gifts and souvenirs including Scottish crafts, cashmere and whisky alongside some of the city's oldest taverns and eateries. This historic setting includes Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Palace of Holyrood House and The Scottish Parliament.

City based retail hubs / parks

Ocean Terminal

At the heart of Edinburgh's flagship waterfront regeneration, Ocean Terminal is a state-of-the-art leisure and retail complex designed by Sir Terence Conran. It boasts 45,000 sq m of shopping of shopping and leisure accommodation on three floors and 1600 car parking spaces. The mix includes more than 75 stores, bars and restaurants and a 12-screen cinema.

The Gyle

Spanning 20 hectares with 27,870sq m of retail space, The Gyle is a flagship shopping centre to the west of Edinburgh city centre close to the airport and city bypass. It has 2,500 car parking spaces and more than 600,000 people living within a 20 minute drive. This increases to 1m within a half-hour drive.

Cameron Toll

A premium shopping centre with more than 1100 free secure car parking spaces located 3.5km from Edinburgh's city centre and housing a range of high street and independent retailers covering fashion, gifts, food, beauty, electronics and other sectors.

Fort Kinnaird

One of the largest shopping destinations outside Princes Street in Edinburgh and Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. The development links the existing Kinnaird Park and Edinburgh Fort on the outskirts of Edinburgh to create a huge 54,255 sq m one-stop shopping destination.

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