Edinburgh is a city known for its micro-neighbourhoods that more resemble country villages than city suburbs. Bruntsfield is just one of these small areas that any visitor to the city should definitely see. Full of independent boutiques, quirky coffee shops, and unique restaurants. Bruntsfield is the perfect place for a relaxed weekend. To make your visit a breeze, we have collected a list of some of our favourite little shops that we love to browse on a lazy afternoon - and all just a short walk from the Merchiston Residence!
The Chocolate Tree
The Chocolate Tree has a big following and is well known amongst Edinburgh residents, especially those with a sweet tooth! Their handmade artisan Chocolates are what they are most famous for so don’t miss out on the chance to choose from an amazing pick and mix of beautiful chocolates all in unique flavours. For an easy take away gift for a friend (or yourself) pick up some of their Organic Couverture Chocolate Bars in mind-blowing flavours such as Haggis Spice, Bramble and Cardamom, and Strawberry and Pepper. For those who can stay for a while, take a comfy seat in their cosy café and order some of their delicious hot chocolate, and once you have finished, you can buy a tin to take home with you – our favourite is the hot spice flavour! Also keep an eye out for their tasting evenings which includes the delightful combination of chocolate and champagne - but be warned, you will need to book early as spaces fill up quickly!
Address: 123 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4EQ
Halibut and Herring
This bright blue painted shop is hard to miss on the Bruntsfield high street, especially on a rainy day. And if the colour doesn’t attract your attention right away, the creative window displays surely will. Self-described as an Aladdin’s cave, this little boutique is packed full of little gifts for the home, quirky décor items, funky jewellery, and handmade handbags. This shop is the true definition of boutique! The shop owner Wendy was once an interior designer and her eye for style and love of interesting objects is reflected in her shop full of wonderful pieces. There is such a mash-up of stuff, no matter what your taste you will be sure to find something.
Address: 108 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4ES
The Bay Tree Company
This sweet little shop is very unassuming from the street but once you venture inside you will find a bright and bustling space. The shop is very cheery and its huge selection of greetings cards matches this mood! The owner, Monica Graveson, established the shop in 1986 and have collected quite a following. The Bay Tree Company is so popular in Edinburgh; some people will not shop anywhere else for their greeting cards! The couple also own the ‘Bay Tree Cottage’ in Perthshire – a cosy holiday getaway, perfect to showcase their wares and cottagey home décor. The shop may be miniature but with lots to look at, it’s a modern treasure trove - perfect for the Sunday afternoon browser. If you can, stop in at Christmas for unique scandi and rustic inspired festive pieces.
Address: 110 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4ES
The Edinburgh Bookshop
This quaint little bookshop is the perfect place for wandering around on a quiet afternoon, losing yourself amongst the floor to ceiling shelves. There is even a comfy sofa on which you can try out your possible new book on. Although the shop is unpretentious and welcoming, don’t be fooled into thinking this store isn’t at the top of the bookshop game. The Edinburgh Bookshop has won lots of awards including the Scottish Independent Retail Award for the Best Bookshop in 2015. And no wonder – with all the latest and greatest titles and knowledgeable staff who are themselves all massive book-lovers, you are sure to find a good read here. The shop also has regular events, especially for the little ones, so check out their website for future dates.
Address: 219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH
Clementine House and Gifts
Established in 2005, Nicola the owner of this shop, bought Clementine House and Gifts after years in food retail and has now built up a successful business that has an ever-growing group of regular customers. Expect quirky, kitsch and cute home décor pieces, unique gifts, and some lovely creative gifts for children. Most of the staff have worked there for years, a testament to the lovely atmosphere and charming products in the shop. There are lots of hand-made items and exclusive brands too such as Pink Geranium, whose hand-crafted bags are perfect for popping all your shopping in. This gorgeous little shop is definitely one for the girls. Also don’t forget to watch out for friendly Jack the dog when you visit!
Address: 141 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Lothian EH10 4EB
You will first spot Snapdragon on the street because of the beautiful typography of its sign and the towering display of flower bunches spilling onto the pavement. These easy to grab bunches of fresh flowers are perfect if you are on your way to lunch with friends. Venture inside and you will find even more incredible floral displays but also exclusive gifts, glassware and candles, including their own brand range of scents. The décor is contemporary and muted, interspersed with bright flashes of colour from the flowers and foliage. This lovely family-run florist has constantly changing stock with both seasonal blooms as well as unusual specimens of flowers. Not only can you pick up an arrangement in store but they also deliver to Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.
Address: 146 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh