Where Nicola Sturgeon gets her look – Totty Rocks
Kate Moss and Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon may have little in common at first glance, but they've both shopped at trendy boutique, Totty Rocks. In fact, the boutique has been credited for transforming Sturgeon into a bona fide style icon.
Where is it? Totty Rocks, 45-47 Barclay Place, EH10 4H
Dress like the Great Gatsby at W Armstrong & Son
Make like a bright young thing from the jazz age or a rebel without a cause at W Armstrong & Son. Britain's largest vintage clothing emporium is busting at the seams with vintage clobber – from leather jackets to Levi’s and 50s prom dresses to boho chic.
Where is it? W Armstrong & Son, 83 The Grassmarket, EH1 2HJ
Scotland's only Harvey Nicks
Undeniably exclusive, rich kids and fashionistas alike love the designer gear at Harvey Nicks. And this is Scotland's only branch. Contemplate the kudos of being seen with a Harvey Nicks bag as Gucci and Marc Jacobs try to separate you from your cash.
Where is it? Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
Kate Moss and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon may have little in common at first glance, but they’ve both shopped at trendy boutique, Totty Rocks. In fact, the boutique has been credited for transforming Sturgeon into a bona fide style icon.
Where is it? Totty Rocks, <link to http://tottyrocks.bigcartel.com/> 45-47 Barclay Place, EH10 4HW
Bohemian bling made upstairs at Clarksons
The majority of Clarksons' jewellery is made in a workroom above the shop by very clever people. The results, proper artisan jewellery that's both elegant and chic. Choose between contemporary pieces, more traditional Celtic designs or jewellery incorporating Edinburgh Castle rock. Proper bohemian bling.
Where is it? Clarksons, 87 West Bow, (Victoria Street), EH1 2JP
Shark teeth and mammoth hair at Mr Wood's Fossils
Don't be fooled by the name – as well as fossils you can also find minerals, meteorites and jewellery showcasing the kinds of things on offer in the shop. From life on mars-inspired trinkets to fearsome-looking shark tooth necklaces. The amber bracelets and classy amethyst stud earrings are cool too.
Where is it? Mr Wood's Fossils, 5 Cowgatehead, EH1 1JY
Home and Interiors
Tartan teapots, tartan everything at Anta
Find subtle tartans for everything from oven gloves and cushions to bunting and rugs at this most Scottish of shops. We're putting a tartan teapot on our birthday list. Too much tartan? The thistle-adorned stoneware jugs would look great in a Scandi-influenced living room.
Where is it? Anta, 119 George Street, EH2 4JN
Hit the hippy trail at The Nomads Tent
Maybe you never managed a gap year, or you couldn't fit any authentic ethnic souvenirs in your rucksack. Hit the hippy trail and fill those cultural gaps with masses of bohemian chic. It's a treasure trove of kilims, rugs and artefacts such as tribal bags and furniture. There are even exhibitions from time to time.
Where is it? The Nomads Tent, 21-23 St Leonards Lane, EH8 9SH
Food and drink
Smelly cheese abounds at I.J Mellis
Cheese was one of the foods that kicked off the revival in artisan products and created the foodie culture. As well as Scottish cheeses like Lanark Blue, Auld Reekie and Highland Crowdie, there are French, Italian, Spanish, Irish and English cheeses here. You may need to join Weight Watchers after a visit – good cheese is just addictive.
Where is it? I.J Mellis, 30a Victoria Street, EH1 2JW
Whisky (and olive oil) bottled while you wait - Demijohn
Buy a bottle and get it filled with the liquid of your choice – from gin and whisky to oil and vinegar at this unique liquid deli. Products are produced by artisanal makers ranging from retired PE teachers to former bankers who've found something much more worthwhile to do with their lives.
Where is it? Demijohn, 32 Victoria Street EH1 2JW
Quirky and specialist
Cauldrons and crystal balls at The Wyrd Shop
Scare yourself silly with cauldrons, runes, tarot cards and crystal balls at the Wyrd Shop. Whether you want to follow your spiritual path – including Wicca and Norse – or merely need a wand for Harry Potter-style fancy dress, you'll find it here.
Where: The Wyrd Shop, 154 Canongate, EH8 8DD
Make like a country gent at Gamefish
Country gents and outdoor pursuits abound – tally ho. If you're wanting a pair of tweed breeks, make your way here. There's also fishing tackle to make the heart of the most dedicated angler sing and guides for training that misbehaving gundog.
Where is it? Gamefish, 4 Howe Street, EH3 6TD