SHOPPING MALLS IN EDINBURGH
Shopping in Edinburgh has never been more of a pleasure with a range of stores as diverse as the city itself - Scotland's capital is unsurprisingly one of Europe's most cultured and desirable shopping destinations today.
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From the patriotic knitwear of cashmere sweaters and kilts, to the luxury and budget designer stores filling its beautiful high street to Jenners - the oldest department store in the world: Edinburgh has it all.
Against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle shoppers are spoiled for choice in the shoppers paradise of Princes Street tastefully crammed with cafes, coffee shops and elite names such as Harvey Nichols. George's street is renowned for it's vast array of designer labels, whereas those in search of a slice of traditional Scottish heritage need look no further that the patriotic Royal Mile filled with gift shops offering everything from shortbread to authentic knitwear.
Off the high streets, the city centre is also famous for its marvellous shopping centres such as the Princes Mall and St. James' shopping centre both packed with specialist boutiques, brand name and elite designer clothes, music, electronics and much more.
The 'old' and 'new' 'town' districts of the city centre offer an even more cultural and cosmopolitan essence with specilised boutiques, independent book and antique shops in the 'old town' and fascinating specialised stores and original ideas in the 'new'.
Out with the city centre Edinburgh is also home to many other large department stores and shopping malls for example (amongst many others) the UK's largest 'out-of-town' shopping centre - Fort Kinnaird Shopping centre boasting 50,000 square metres of retail, fast food and leisure outlets as well as a multi-screen cinema.
If not in every season, Christmas shopping in Edinburgh is an unforgettable experience. With the open-air ice skating rink of the winter wonderland, the Edinburgh castle beautifully twinkling against the night sky and the Edinburgh wheel - taking visitors high above one of the worlds most beautiful skylines. Whether in the high streets or the 'old town', the Winter or summer one thing is certain - Edinburgh is a shopping paradise.