With a wide array of activities possible in and around the Essential Edinburgh area, here are a few ideas to start with


The shopping experience in Edinburgh is unique. Is there anywhere else in the world that you get spectacular views of a Castle as you walk along a High Street?

There are also few city centres that have such a mix of high street, independent and high fashion retailers within one area.

Princes Street
There are many beautiful facades to the old buildings along Princes Street, housing some of the most popular high street shops in Britain.

Rose Street
As a mostly pedestrian street Rose Street is a lively environment to amble along. It has numerous independent and quirky shops, as well as entrances into some of the Princes Street stores.

George Street
Flanked to the East by Charlotte Square and to the West by St Andrew Square Garden, George Street has an eclectic mix of fashion, homeware, stationery, jewellery, health and beauty that will appeal to all variety of shoppers.

Multrees Walk
The most fashionable street in Edinburgh opened in 2002 and houses some of the most luxurious brands on the market, including Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Mulberry, Bravissimo, Kurt Geiger and many more!

For a full list of retailers visit Multrees Walk website.

John Lewis and Edinburgh St James
The exciting Edinburgh St James city centre development is one of the biggest regeneration projects currently underway in the UK. John Lewis remains open throughout the building work.

For more information please visit John Lewis Website or Edinburgh St James.

For more activities, offers, competitions and news in and around the Essential Edinburgh BID area please visit our Edinburgh City Centre website.