Located in a mini-hub of indie art galleries and workshops for illustrators and painters, we find the Edinburgh Printmakers. Printmakers come over to use the studio's tools and to take courses in lithography and bookbinding, whilst we are shopping for screen sprints, birthday cards and framed art. Affordable art, that is.
23, Union Street
Dive into the 1930s - 1980s with the fashion pieces of Herman Brown. This vintage clothes shop offers a well-picked collection of dresses, trenchcoats and accessoires on one side of the shop, and a collection curated by the owner's daughter and son-in-law on the other side. Expect denims, blouses and leotards, all with a focus on quality over quantity.
151, West Port
Locally smoked cheese anybody? The folks at Edinburgh Larder really know what's good. Their food is fresh, seasonal and organic. Go here for lunch, or just when in the mood for a scone or two. Sit back in one of their nooks and get a taste of the country in the heart of the city. Yep, it's the best of the Scottish landscape on a plate.
15, Blackfriars Street and 1a, Alva Street
Edinburgh Farmers' Market
The award winning Edinburgh Farmers' Market offers food as fresh as it can be, every Saturday from 9AM to 2PM. Cakes, coffee, sourdough cheese toasties, porridge, jam, fruit, veggies and… rhubarb and thai basil soda, oh yes. All products come with tips, tricks and recipes for cooking, as it's the only market where the farm(ers) meet the city.
Once a lager-soaked karaoke den, today the largest independent brewer in Scotland. Yes mates, BrewDog is up for world domination. This eco brewery features a heat recovery system, cutting their energy consumption and all of their by-products are utilized by local farmers. Next to damn fine beers, they also serve homemade pizzas that are famous in Auld Reekie.
From beer brewing to coffee brewing. Brew Lab is an artisan coffee bar and training lab, going beyond fairtrade coffee. They're about responsibly-sourced, small produced and highly delicious coffee. Their espresso coffee comes from Has Bean, a roaster in the north of England with strong relationships with farmers. It's a step on from Fairtrade. It's direct trade.
6-8, South College Street
The Old Town Bookshop
An Aladdin's cave of treasures. The Old Town Bookshop buys and sells a range of antiquarian and secondhand books, old prints and antique maps. They also stock some original artworks. Seriously worth a visit, also for the store's appearance. The bookshop is located at Victoriastreet, a medieval part of town dating back to the 16th century.
8, Victoria St
Print by Kate McLelland