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Shopping & Supermarkets

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Shopping: Department stores & home stores 

Edinburgh is a great place for shopping and the city has some stunning home stores which are worth visiting. All main department stores in the capital city of Scotland are in, or very close to, the main street, Princes Street.

John Lewis | Jenners | British Home Stores (BHS) |

Debenhams | Marks & Spencer | Harvey Nichols


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gold-star.pnggold-star.pnggold-star.png John Lewis

There are a lot of good things to be said about John Lewis’ stores and whether you are just visiting Edinburgh for a few days or planning to stay here for good, you will love John Lewis (they have other stores in Scotland and throughout the country).

It is the French equivalent of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (B.H.V), one of Paris' historic and iconic department stores.

What’s so good about John Lewis we hear you ask? Everything is the answer! Staff are polite, helpful, present when you need them but never intrusive or persistent, they are patient and smiling, the products are great and the prices even better!

The Edinburgh store is in the heart of the city in the St James Shopping Centre, located in Leith Street at the east end of Princes Street. 

Opening hours

Stores in Scotland open 7 days a week and close later every Thursday evening (usually 20.00).

John Lewis is no exception and they are open between 09.00 and 18.00 Monday to Saturday (10.00 on Sunday), except on Thursdays (20.00) and Saturdays (18.30).

Store location 

John Lewis Edinburgh
St James Centre
Edinburgh
EH1 3SP
 
Telephone: (0044) (0)131 556 9121

John Lewis is a true home store which means that you’ll find everything from furnishing to toys, from electricals to beauty, leisure, etc.

They do all the major brands but what’s even better is that products come with the John Lewis guarantee. 

gold-star.pnggold-star.png John Lewis products come with a FREE MINIMUM GUARANTEE. For instance, a TV (Sony, Philips, etc), washing machine, kettle, etc will come with a FREE 5 years guarantee and the products will be at the normal Recommended Retail Price (RRP). 

The store in Edinburgh was completely refurbished a few years ago. In total, 7 floors of what is best in fashion, design, IT, electricals, toys, beauty products, decorating, contemporary furniture, etc.

Ladies will love the new stylish shoes' department (sorry for the cliché) as well as the Clarins studio, all on the 1st floor whereas blokes will “disappear” on the ground floor where all the latest TVs, Ipads, games and home cinema systems are displayed. Gents, if you don't like state of the art Sony products or the latest Panasonic, Samsung or Philips then stay away!

The store has a very good restaurant on the 4th floor overlooking the sea and Calton Hill.

There is a 24/24 car park run by NCP carpark at the St James shopping centre where John Lewis is but it is not cheap. The following link to NCP gives you the location, tariff and other features.

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John Lewis has its own brand and it is a very good one. John Lewis appliances are definitely in the top end of products and their washing machines or fridges are as good as Bosch or Miele. There is also a FREE 3 years guarantee on all their appliances.

gold-star.png John Lewis offers FREE standard UK delivery on orders over £50 or only £3 for standard UK delivery on orders under £50.

When you are collecting a parcel from John Lewis Edinburgh, you can park free for 15 minutes at the customer collection point or in the allocated bays of the NCP carpark at the St James shopping centre.



Jenners

Jenners is more than a department store, it is an institution! It is Scotland’s oldest department store and it is to Edinburgh what the Eiffel tower is to Paris!

If anything, it is a classy and elegant store set in a fabulous building. Although the store was bought by the House of Fraser group a few years ago, it is so engraved in Edinburgh’s history that the new owners have wisely decided to keep its name intact. It was, is and will always be known as Jenners of Edinburgh.

So, what is so special about Jenners? For one thing you have everything under one roof (like John Lewis) however, the atmosphere is different and unique from any other store. Jenners feels a bit old fashioned but in a good way and this comes from respect. Respect for the products they sell, respect for the building and its heritage, respect for the name and reputation of the store. Ultimately, Jenners is synonym of elegance and good taste.

Opening hours

The store is open 7 days a week. 

Store location

Jenners is located right in the city centre, in Edinburgh’s main street. 

 
48 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2YJ

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 260 2483

Email: jennersedinburgh@hof.co.uk

The following link will tell you how to get to Jenners by foot, public transport and car as well as the opening hours. 

As you would expect it from a reputable home store, you will find at Jenners the latest in fashion, whatever the age group, the latest in designer shoes, perfume, stunning dinnerware, lighting, bathroom fittings, etc. There is also a barber shop, beauty salon, several (very good) restaurants including one overlooking Princes Street gardens. Very enjoyable in winter as the giant Ferris wheel is just across the street beside the Wallace monument.

The toys department on the lower ground level offers a wide choice of games, books, toys for children of all ages, as well as collectible teddys and dolls (kept behind a window). 

practical-info.png Jenners does not stock white appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, ovens. You’ll find all these products at John Lewis.

If you’re in Edinburgh around Christmas do spend a few minutes at Jenners to see the gigantic life size Christmas tree. That alone is worth a visit.

Price wise, Jenners is not as expensive as you might think and there is very good quality for every budget.

practical-info.png Practical info. Jenners is an old building and although there are lifts some of them are quite small and difficult to find. Also, the store has half levels e.g. upper ground floor, lower ground floor, etc so if you have a buggy or mobility issues this might be problematic as you'll need to walk a bit to get to the lift that will take you to the floor you want to go to.



British Home Stores (BHS)

BHS is a popular department store in Scotland and the UK where you’ll find bedroom furniture, lighting, homeware, electricals (including large kitchen appliances), wedding list, clothing, shoes, gifts, etc. There is also a restaurant.

One of the good things about BHS is that prices are good and the products of a decent quality. You’ll find at BHS popular brands of clothing such as Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Evans. This is not Jenners or John Lewis however, if you don’t want to spend a fortune and still have good quality then this is the place. You will easily find men’s suits at less than £100 or a pack of two white shirts for your child’s uniform under £5. 

The Edinburgh store is located in Princes Street, the capital’s main street.

Opening hours

The store is of course open 7 days a week.

Monday - Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
09.00 - 19.00 09.00 - 20.00 09.00 - 19.00 08.30 - 16.30 11.00 - 17.00

Store location 

BHS
64 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2DJ

Telephone: (0044) (0)845 841 0180


Debenhams

Edinburgh has 2 Debenham stores, one in Princes Street and the other one in Leith which is north of the city centre.

Opening hours

Both stores open 7 days a week.

Monday - Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
09.00 - 18.00 09.30 - 20.00 09.30 - 18.30 09.00 - 18.30 11.00 - 18.00

Stores location

109 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3AA
 
Telephone: (0044) (0)8445 616 161
Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre
Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH6 6JJ
 
Telephone: (0044) (0)8445 616 161

The Debenham home store in the city centre (Princes Street) has six floors mostly dedicated to clothing (women, men children) whereas the 3rd floor focuses on homeware, from bed linen to cutlery. 

There is a large choice of designer shoes and clothes for the whole family e.g. Jasper Conran, Ted Baker, John Rocha and many, many others. The health and beauty department has all the leading names from Estee Lauder to Chanel, Givenchy, Clarins, etc.

Debenham is comparable to Jenners but without the charm of the building.

did-you-know.png Scottish department stores close late every Thursday (usually 20.00 instead of 18.00 or 19.00).

Marks and Spencer (M&S)

Ask anyone in world to name a British store and the chance is that they will say: M&S.

Store location

M&S have several home stores in Edinburgh (some only sell food) and the main one is in the middle of the city centre at:

54 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2DQ

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 225 2301

Opening hours

The store in Princes Street  is open 7 days a week.

Monday - Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
09.00 - 19.00 09.00 - 20.00 09.00 - 19.00 08.30 - 19.00 11.00 - 18.00

There are more than a few good things about the M&S store in Princes Street. First, a very good range of clothes for the whole family at an affordable price - in case you were wondering, M&S best-selling clothing item remains…lingerie.

Secondly there is a food store in the basement. This is seriously good and fresh food we’re talking about. OK, it’s not always cheap but the food tastes REALLY good! If you’re shopping there you’ll see how busy the food department is. There is everything from fish, meat to take away, the famous M&S sandwiches, fresh vegetable and fruits. M&S also sells nutritionally balanced meals which are delicious.

There is also a bureau de change with 0% commission, staff are very helpul and the quality is definetely there.

practical-info.png If you are buying foreign currencies at the M&S bureau de change, try to pay by cash rather than debit/credit card as there is a hefty charge imposed by credit cards companies for the transaction.

You can access the store from Princes Street, Edinburgh, main street, and from Rose Street which is parallel.

There is no car park for customers however, collection by car is available. Like the vast majority of stores M&S provides a home delivery service at a cost of £3.50 for standard delivery which takes 3 to 5 days (usually 3) and a next or nominated day delivery costing £4.95.


Harvey Nichols

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"Harvey Nics" for the initiates is a different breed of department store, well above what we, mere mortals can usually afford, but to their credit what they offer is unique!

Everything is dedicated to luxury throughout the store’s 5 floors and you’ll find the best names in everything from fashion, shoes, beauty products, jewellery to homeware. 

Harvey Nics is very similar to London’s world famous store Harrods or the Parisian Galeries Lafayettes. Put simply, shopping at Harvey Nic is about finding there what you won't find anywhere in Scotland or most of the other big cities.

The store is located in the heart of the city and in a spectacular environment with St Andrew’s Square across the street and Multrees Walk adjacent to the store (Multrees Walk leads to St James Centre where John Lewis store is located).

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Store location

30 - 34 St Andrew Square
Edinburgh
EH2 2AD

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 524 8388

Opening hours:

Monday - Wednesday Thursday Friday - Saturday Sunday
10.00 – 18.00 10.00 – 20.00 10.00 – 19.00 11.00 – 18.00

There are a few car spaces in front of the store (North St Andrew Street) and in St Andrew’s square however, during store opening hours, private car parking is available at the Store Car Park (reduced rates for Harvey Nichols Account Card holders).

The designer clothes range from Alexander McQueen to Zoe Karssen, in total, well above 500 designers! To be fair, many clothes in the store have a price tag of around £100 - £150 which doesn’t necessarily make them more expensive than in other department stores. 

The difference is that in addition to the (sort of) average priced article you can expect to find, you can also buy top end products that you won’t find anywhere else in Scotland for example, Givenchy or Lanvin dresses worth over £2,000. Same thing with men’s suits, jackets and shoes where brands such as D&G, ETRO or Paul smith are represented. 

The choice of beauty products available at Harvey Nichols is as unique as it is prestigious with again the best names. Athena Cosmetics’ high quality products such as RevitaLash® are represented. 

Other excellent beauty products available at Harvey Nic include, Perricone MD, StriVectin, Neal’s Yard, Eve Lom, etc.

 

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Restaurants

Located on the top floor (4th floor) the restaurant offers a stunning panoramic view of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. This link to the restaurant will detail the opening hours, menus and booking numbers. 

The Chef uses fresh seasonal Scottish produce to create ambitious menus. There is also a brasserie and again, the following link will tell you all about the brasserie’s opening hours, menus and booking numbers. Meals there are cheaper and less sophisticated than at the main restaurant but the choice is good.

I have kept the best for the end and it has to be the…windows! They alone are worth a visit.

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gold-star.pnggold-star.png Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, do take the time to see Harvey Nichols’ windows. They reflect on the outside what’s in the inside. Surely, the window decorators must have a PhD in Art! Full size Lamborghinis entirely made up of wooden washing pegs, bikes made of spanners, even the mannequins are a class apart. Dali would have been proud!

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