Just spent a couple of days in Edinburgh, our favourite UK city. One of the great things about Edinburgh is that it hasn’t been entirely taken over by the national retail chain stores – there are some great little independent shops. This combined with the great architecture and some time served, sometimes peeling, paint makes for some fantastic individualistic shop fronts. Here are some of my favourites from an early morning stroll around the Royal Mile and Grassmarket area of town.

Firstly the news agents – true blue Scotsmen get your papers here….

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Cafe Jacques in the Grassmarket has a great frontage too

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Mr Wood’s Fossils – open since the dawn of time….

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Who wouldn’t want to wander into these for a book (see main image) or cigar.

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The well dressed Scotsman must shop at Walker Slater.

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I love the tee shirt in this one – look closely….

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Two of my very favourites – the beautiful curved glass of Miss Katie Cupcake with fantastically placed bike and then the Bacchus Antiques (with possibly the original paint job from 1729?).

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And a final one – Whiskey – of course….

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Thank you Edinburgh… special thank you to the brilliant independent shopkeepers. And if the owner of Bacchus Antiques sees this – don’t you ever dare repaint the front of your shop……