On Sundays there is an indoor market, - a car boot sale - at the Omni Centre. This is on Leith Walk, just abover the main roundabout, opposite John Lewis departnet store. Cross over on the lights just by the entrance to John Lewis. To the North (down the hill) is the sea. exactly opposite the lights is an entrance to a car park which is just a little lobby with two lifts. Take the lifts down to the 4th level of the carpark, i.e. level "-4". Usually there are 200 to 300 sellers. No one is allowed to set up to sell until 8.30 in the morning, so no point turning up at 7am if you are buying.
In the Omni centre itself, there is a Wetherspoons pub called Lloyds. It has an outdoor area (it's right next to the roundabout on the same (east) side of Leith Walk as the car boot) if you want to smoke. Breakfasts are great - £2.49 for a full on freshly cooked vegetarian breakfast. About 20p more if you like meat for breakfast. Coffee is good value - £1.09 for a large cappucino, cafe latte, mocha of hot chocolate. And well made. They open at 8am or thereabouts on a Sunday morning. A great place to rest and recover after the car boot sale. Kids are welcome provided you are eating a meal. They can't even sit outside if all you want is a coffee, because it is a pub. If you do have kids but fancy a drink, I have heard that they will only serve you one or two drinks. this is something to keep in mind if you want to take your kids there for dinner. It's a pub, and pubs in Edinburgh don't tend to be kids friendly.
First off, the old classic. Jenners department store is located in the heart of the shopping district, Princes St. Once a favoured haunt of the Edinburgh elite, the department store has grand interiors, chandeliers and is a true delight in the winter months. Unfortunately, with the introduction of Harvey Nichols and Multrees Walk, Jenners has suffered with the true upmarket clientele shopping in these more modern stores. However, Jenners remains a true gem in Edinburgh's crown, situated directly opposite Edinburgh Castle on arguably the city's busiest street with a lot of tourist customers and "Morningside Ladies".
Harvey Nichols is a great place to be- a favourite of "my set" and a truly modern approach to shopping in Edinburgh. When Harvey Nichols was first introduced, the development of Multrees Walk began. Armani, Mulberry and Calvin Klein set up shop making The Walk a truly memorable luxury district in the city center. This part of Edinburgh is not to be missed- they don't have a Harvey Nichols in Glasgow, don't you know!
The restaurant and brasserie at Harvey Nichols are a true treat and I've been known to lunch there until six o'clock in the evening with friends! The restaurants at Jenners are nothing special, but they do me if I'm in a hurry.
Go shopping at Jenner's. Like Harrod's only smaller.
The oldest department store in the UK. Has a beautiful central court. Art deco. That alone is worth seeing, even if you don't buy anything. It also has several restuarants, a food hall, and a Scottish gift floor.
Jenner's, a huge department store on the corner of Princes St.
Jenners is to Edinburgh, what Harrod's is to London. This isn't just any old department store. The inside is VERY classy, and upscale. It has several levels, each one with balconies on everyside, all overlooking the middle. Inside there's lots of gold, and bright lights, along with merchandise presented very elegantly, with class. I particularly enjoyed the assortment of hats on hat stands on the second level. Definately worth just taking 2 minutes to pop in as it's on Princes st, and just walking in and looking around is quite impressive.
When walking towards Edinburgh Castle there is a wool factory with various nicely priced wool items. I don't remember the name of the factory but it was close to the castle.
That's me shopping (see pic below)... ;-))
I'll share with you later which ones are my favorite shops/ department stores here in Edinburgh. Come back soon!