Now we’ve already spoken about how to save money in Edinburgh, but what if you fancy splashing a bit of cash?
There’s a load of ways to do it but here are five of the most interesting shops in Edinburgh.
1. Paper Tiger
Sick of the birthday card illustrated with an octogenarian drinking champagne and a greeting saying ‘Having fun isn’t about age! HAPPY 100th birthday Grandpa!’? Looking for a more exotic and surprising card to give to your old friends? Located on Stafford Street, Paper Tiger enlarged our horizons in terms of gift cards: from its poem cards to Quentin Blake birthday cards. Its roaring success is also due to a range of varied products such as gifts, a wide variety of chocolates and stationery.
2. Maison de Moggy
Lacking oxytocin? This cat café is the ideal place to cuddle with a feline friend and a hot chocolate. Going there with the sole purpose of escaping a busy week is a good reason to enter this temple of cats. Maison de Moggy (French translation of ‘Moggy’s Home’) offers a £7 an hour of hugging and is located at 17 West Port. Even if you don’t know about this hormone I’m sure you’ll be pleased with this place… unless you’re allergic to cats!
3. ETL Oriental Supermarket
Craving homemade Asian cuisine? Welcome to ETL Oriental Supermarket located at 125 Lanriston Place. Here you’ll find all the ingredients to cook an exotic meal for your flatmates. As an Asian student I know I will find the products of my childhood in this place which will prevent me from being homesick. So go find the wakame to your miso soup and enjoy a whole new world of cooking.
4. Vox Box Music
To all music reviewers and vintage fans, Voxbox is made for you. This tiny shop which can be found on 21 St. Stephen Street Edinburgh EH3 5AN, contains all music genres on vinyls records. From Jazz to Reggae this shop is the perfect place to get your collection to grow and even take on a significant value! The background music will soak you in the atmosphere of musical expertise.
5. Diagon House
For all the Potterheads, this one should pick your interest! Indeed, this shop called Diagon House and hidden at 40 Victoria Street is dedicated exclusively to Harry Potter-inspired products. You’ll find there a great selection of wands, scarfs and home accessories. Don’t forget to get a selfie with Dobby on the second floor.