13 Edinburgh shops, restaurants and cafes that have closed so far this year including Blue Bear and Rae Macs

The year is not yet half way through, but many familiar and well-loved businesses have closed their doors for good – often because of the cost of living crisis or the impact of Covid, but also for other reasons.

A host of favourite shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways in the centre of Edinburgh and other parts of the city have reluctantly taken the decision to shut.

Many blame the cost of living crisis, the changes in the pattern of living after Covid or a combination of economic factors. But there are also other reasons – retirement, ill health or the end of a lease – behind some of the closures.

Changes are inevitable on the business scene, but it is always sad to see favourite places close their doors for the last time. Here are some of the shops and eateries which have shut in Edinburgh so far this year.

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