Calling all Vintage Gals! Planning a trip to Edinburgh but don’t know where to start? Here in the salon we get asked all the time for our favourite places to check out in the city, so we thought we’d share our top tips for the perfect vintage day out in the Burg. It doesn’t matter if you’re here for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a hen do or a quick weekend get away, these places are open year round and we’ve no doubt you’re going to love them as much as we do!
We’re lucky to have some amazing vintage shops in Edinburgh, most renowned would be Armstrongs who have their main store in the Grassmarket but there is also two other stores worth visiting that are a short walk away from there. One is at Teviot Place opposite the university building and the other is just a 5 minute walk from us on Clerk Street; definitely worth popping into for a bargain after getting your hair and makeup done in the salon!
Grassmarket is also home to two of our other favourite vintage stores; Carnivale Vintage and Herman Browns. They may be small, but do not underestimate their incredible selection of clothing and accessories in these stores! Herman Brown’s has a small collection that’s really well curated, and Rachel at Carnivale has a great eye for pieces and an amazing range of clothing spaning all era’s in all sizes, so you can’t come to the city and not pay her a visit!
For those with a bigger budget, Those Were The Days in Stockbridge has the most exquisite range we’ve ever laid eyes on, with probably the most instagramable store in the city. If you’re looking to purchase a vintage piece for a special occasion or are looking for a vintage wedding dress, this is the place for you!
Quirky Modern Shops
Godiva is a lovely little store on West Port that stocks a lot of amazing pieces from local designers and independent brands. Keep your eye out for Rowanjoy‘s handmade dresses and bomber jackets, many of which are one off’s and fly out of the door as soon as they come in. They’re fab! They also stock Emperor’s Old Clothes who have a lovely collection of modern clothes made with vintage fabric. In the back of the store is also a small collection of vintage, which is rude not to peruse when you’re in there.
Hannah Zakari and Ladyboss Collective are two modern stores based on Candlemaker Row who stock a variety of super cool accessories. Hannah Zakari has the best selection of independent designer’s jewellery and accessories in the city. Ladyboss is a super hip store that mostly stocks (and supports) local and Scottish female designers including our very own Miss Vicky Viola. They have lots of cute accessories and prints as well as a cracking nail bar, so make sure to hit up this hidden street if you’re in the area.
Food & Drink
If you’re looking to do a snack tour of the city, we highly recommend Mary’s Milk Bar for gelato, Tasty Buns for cakes and coffee, Mademoiselle Macaron for incredible locally made macarons and Hula Juice Bar for juices and light healthy meals (inc vegan), all of which are in the Grassmarket area. SugarDaddys is a brilliant bakery beside the Botanic Gardens, so if you’re planning to go for a picnic there, this is the ideal place to grab a sweet treat for dessert, especially because they do gluten free and vegan bakes too!
Paradise Palms is a great place to head to for dinner and drinks after visiting the salon. Between tiki mugs, the cool dive-bar interior and amazing menu you’re guaranteed a good time. It’s vegan friendly and they throw some great nights, but be sure to book in advance as they get really busy because they’re so popular!
52 Canoes on West Port is our favourite spot for cocktails in the Grassmarket, and if you’re around Princes Street or looking to dance the night away, you can head to Auld Reekie Tiki Bar afterwards as it’s open till 3am on the weekends.
Hoot the Redeemer and Panda & Son’s are both just off Princes Street and are really fun bars to check out… We don’t want to spoil the surprise of these places, but trust us when we say they should be high on your list of places to visit. They both have delicious cocktails and always serve their drinks with popcorn or which is a great added bonus.
City Cafe is our favourite place for the morning after. This 50s inspired diner does food, drink and shakes, but it’s always a good shout for breakfast and brunch if you’re nursing a hangover!
Last But Not Least
The Cameo is our favourite cinema in the city as it always has a great selection of films to see and they have a great 1920s inspired bar that’s perfect for drinks before or after the film (and you can take them into the screens too if you get your drink decanted into a plastic cup!).
Cockburn Street & Victoria Street are both great areas to go exploring with plenty of little shops and cafe’s dotted about to keep you going. The latter is the cutest street in the city, so get ready for those outfit pictures when you’re there!
Phew! That was a blog post and a half! But we still have plenty more places and tips that we would love to share with you, so don’t be shy in asking us the next time you’re in our cute little vintage hair and make up salon getting pampered, we love sharing our tips and advice!
See you soon xox Team Lipstick Lashes & Locks
Images via Instagram from Miss Vicky Viola