Edinburgh Recommends: Best Independent Store

Fiona and Beth of Cranachan & Crowdie. Picture: Greg Macvean
Fiona and Beth of Cranachan & Crowdie. Picture: Greg Macvean
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No-one knows a city better than the people who live and work in it.

The best coffee shops, the best bars, the best independent stores and the best places for brunch.

Guide books are useful for visitors, but for locals it’s word of mouth that gives you the latest and most reliable information.

The News is asking for your recommendations, in association with This Is Edinburgh – the new campaign that highlights the huge offer in Edinburgh city centre.

We will publish the best of them in the paper every Friday with the top recommendation winning dinner for two, tickets to a show or attraction and £40 of shopping vouchers. Not bad for just telling us what you like!

All we need is around 50 words. You can add a picture if you like. We will also be asking for submissions through our website – edinburghnews.com – and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

A TASTE OF HOME AT HOME

Danielle Ellis recommends Cranachan & Crowdie, Canongate, as simply the best place to find Scottish food products.

Beth and Fiona provide exceptional service, are passionate about supporting small producers and are great ambassadors who tell the world about Scotland’s fantastic produce and if you’re visiting they’ll even send your purchases home for you.

WORTH A LOOK

Sara Dorman: Perhaps not a ‘store’ but Jack Brown’s Eyecare on Elder Street is a classic old-style shop, with staff who recognise you and like to have a wee chat, but also highly professional service and a fabulous range of lenses and glasses.

HAPPY FEET

Karen Cameron: Footworks, Bruntsfield Place, right, will give you a shopping experience and an education at the same time. The service is the best I’ve experienced in the world!

get on your bike

Dave du Feu: “I would like to nominate the following two stores . . . Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Bruntsfield and Canonmills). Founded Edinburgh 1977 now UK-wide, must be good! Laidback Bikes, Marchmont Crescent – fantastical, friendly, fun and futuristic.

SIMPLY DELI-cious

Sandra Cooper: Valvona & Crolla, left, on Elm Row!

HIDDEN GEM

John Gibson: Fortitude Coffee on York Place. Independent speciality coffee merchant, sourcing great beans from coffee roasters across the UK, and kit to brew them with. Staff are very knowledgeable and happy to help. Nice wee space in the city centre for great coffee and cake too!

BEER WE GO

Pam Donald: Cornelius Beers on Easter Road. Excellent shop, friendly and very knowledgeable staff on beer, ale, wine, spirits and cocktail ingredients. Also a good website with up to date stock listings. Good value, monthly specials, some unusual products not just the stuff you can get in Tesco!

ALADDIN’S CAVE

Marlene Johnston: Tippi in Bruntsfield is a fabulous little shop, a great Aladdin’s cave of fabulous items, I never leave empty handed and Anna Marchant, the owner, is soooo welcoming, take a look you’ll love it.

SUSHI SENSE

Alan Sloan: Eddie’s Seafood Market & Fishmonger in Marchmont. Consistently the best fish and seafood I have had from scallops to the sea bass. The sushi on a Saturday morning is something special. The staff are always keen to give you a quick recipe to complement the treats you have purchased. Thumbs up from me.

THE RIGHT NOTE

Mike Cook: Red Dog Music, Grassmarket, are absolutely fantastic. Good chat from the staff, super friendly and clearly very knowledgeable. Plus they have plenty of great kit and really good demos/events as well. Probably the best shop I’ve bought a guitar from.

ALWAYS WELCOME

Alexandra Wallace: “The Scottish Grocer on the corner of Jeffrey Street and the Canongate. Great family run food store and off-licence – almost a mini supermarket. Always a warm welcome and superb service.

TOP CATCH

Gary Huckle: Armstrong’s fishmonger Stockbridge, by far the best fish in Edinburgh, and the staff are so pleasant and helpful, their home cured smoked salmon is the best I’ve ever tasted.

TREASURE TROVE

Greg Anderson: Peckham’s Deli on South Clerk Street, a treasure trove of eating goodness and a family owned Scottish business to boot.

PET EXPERTS

Pippa Valente: Dofos Pet Centre, Blenheim Place: A very well run family shop, who have been there for 60 years! Excellent customer service, open seven-days-a-week and always help when they can. Best pet shop in Edinburgh with very down to earth staff who are always friendly.

BARGAIN HUNT

Zed Hussain: Ali’s Cave, Lothian Road, awesome store with awesome service. Helped us a lot during the credit crunch, lots of bargains.