If you love independent shops and eateries, The Arches are for you! From art to homeware, bubble tea to wine, coffee to beauty, there are all sorts of artisanal shops tucked away in recently refurbished arches to explore! It's so close to Princes Street, the Royal Mile and Waverley Station, so handy if you're out and about. What's great though is that as a fairly recent addition to Edinburgh, this place is a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle and crowds of the city centre.
If you're searching for an alternative shopping spot, The Arches home independently owned shops so you can expect high-quality goods and something a bit different. For coffee lovers, I'd recommend visiting Badadudan coffee shop who do excellent coffees and make their own delicious doughnuts. An added bonus was that we managed to sit outside, in March?! Elk and Wolf is also worth a visit if you love homeware and interiors. All these shops ooze charm due to their unique settings.
The Arches were redeveloped as part of a wider scheme, New Waverley, to reboot life into this previously rather derelict and sad corner of the city centre. So, wander past The Arches and you'll see new hotels, new flats being built, a new shopping centre in the making, and our favourite... The Food & Flea Market! Spot the makeshift wooden huts and you've made it. With local suppliers including Knights Kitchen (who make delicious African food), Barnacles and Bones (try their legendary crab and chips), Rost, The Buffalo Truck, Pizza Geeks and Barney's Beer, there's variety for all tastes.