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19 Bookstores In Edinburgh πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

These are 19 of the best bookstores in Edinburgh. The best bookstore is Waterstones. Here is the list of Edinburgh bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Waterstones

"Great visit as usual. I always try my best to visit Waterstones whenever I'm in Edinburgh because they showcase a vast array of newly released books. The shop is also huge and you can find a lot of collections in various genres, I found many books which I couldn't find in Dundee. Moreover, it's the time of the Edinburgh Book Festival and I guess this is the best time to visit a bookshop in Edinburgh."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 4,257 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 128 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4AD, United Kingdom

2. Topping & Company Booksellers Of Edinburgh

"This is possibly my favourite place I've ever visited! A fantastically huge range of books set out beautifully, places to sit and read whilst the super lovely and friendly staff serve you FREE tea and coffee, all whilst classical music plays. And to top it off, amazing rolling ladders! Heaven!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,455 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 2 Blenheim Pl, Edinburgh EH7 5JH, United Kingdom

3. Blackwell's Bookshop

"Edinburgh's oldest bookshop; fantastic range of texts over 3 floors, plus a lovely reading cafΓ©."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,167 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS, United Kingdom

4. Armchair Books

"It is your loss if this bookstore is not part of your travel plan. Great collections of new and vintage books. A lot of first and second editions. Great for book collectors."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 940 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 72-74 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE, United Kingdom

5. Waterstones

"It's a warm welcoming store with helpful staff. Cafe on top floor with good coffee and snacks. Good range of books and staff recommend books. Has a good children's section too."

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 604 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 31B Newcraighall Rd, Edinburgh EH15 3RD, United Kingdom

6. The Portobello Bookshop

"I love this bookshop, it's always a pleasure to step inside. I don't buy as many paper books as I used to (my Kindle is too convenient), but I do enjoy the experience of holding a real book. And there is something special about giving a book that has been carefully selected for someone. This is a perfect place to do it. A good range in stock with helpful staff. And some great gift cards."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 398 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 46 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA, United Kingdom

7. Lighthouse Bookshop

"A very lovely bookshop in Edinburgh! There are a lot of independent publisher books, children books, feminism, LGBTIQ themes books, etc. The staff is friendly and helpful. Love from Indonesia!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 386 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 43-45 W Nicolson St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, United Kingdom

8. Edinburgh Books

"Great variety with a kind bookseller. Didn’t seem like the place that turned over a lot of stock, but was fun to look into. Books were priced very fairly."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 352 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 145-147 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP, United Kingdom

9. Golden Hare Books

"This was a completely delightful bookstore! As other reviewers have mentioned, it is small, but please know that it is excellently curated. The selection is wonderful and we’re so glad we made the trip from another part of Edinburgh to come here! As a side note, the whole street is charming. Well worth checking out!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 308 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 68 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ, United Kingdom

10. Typewronger Books

"Type Wronger is the only Type writer mechanic in Scotland. Had such a delightful time visiting this shop.Vintage style type writer exhibited for visitors, we can type favourite quotes in it.A tiny shop in the alley of Edinburgh but carefully curated shelves which I found a couple of gems in. The owner even found me a signed copy of one of the books I bought.Lovely to have an independent bookshop in Leith walk, please drop by and support them. Also, there's a spooky basement of books...!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 279 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 4a Haddington Pl, Edinburgh EH7 4AE, United Kingdom

11. The Edinburgh Bookshop

"Lovely bookshop with a great selection of books. For its size it was really impressive. A local treasure. Bus stop is close by and after your visit you can sit down in a coffee shop and start reading."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 256 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 219 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DH, United Kingdom

12. Tills Bookshop

"Such nice vibes in this little bookshop. The back room is exactly what I want to have in my home in the future."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 147 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1 Hope Park Cres, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9NA, United Kingdom

13. Argonaut Books

"Is Argonaut the perfect book shop? Let me set out my case.Argonaut is small enough to feel as indie and as local as it is. The shop is both these things; coordinating alternative book festivals, attending pop up markets and author events.Yet, Argonaut is big enough to be well-socked, be bright, airy and clean.There's a good collection of indie and smaller publishers in the shelves here and the Birthday Gift safe recent blockbusters.Heck! There's even traybakes and tables to read, eat and write at.Argonaut has stocked games, zines and graphic novels. The book shop is diverse and savvy enough to be a birthday gift hunters go to."

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 130 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 15-17 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8LN, United Kingdom

14. Mcnaughtan's Bookshop

"A lovely, cosy bookshop filled with second hand books and creaky floorboards. Perfect place to peruse on a winter’s day. Staff were very helpful and courier delivery to the UK is free(in case you’re on holiday and can’t lug your new books around!)Typewronger is right next door which features secondhand typewriters and newer books. A must visit in Edinburgh."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 124 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 3A, 4a Haddington Pl, Edinburgh EH7 4AE, United Kingdom

15. Transreal Fiction

"Really nice fantasy and science fiction bookstore that I visited. I purchased three really cool books. Highly recommended to visit here for any book lover."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 105 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 46 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, United Kingdom

16. Rare Birds Book Shop

"Long time lurker on IG and finally managed to visit this in person when in Edinburgh. Glad I did! Such a lovely and warm bookstore with beautiful interiors. Went there on a Friday just before closing time. Had the bookstore to myself. The two ladies at the counter were very friendly and didn’t rush me at all. Great book selection so I ended up picking up a few items even though my luggage is already overloaded! Would totally recommend."

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 71 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 13 Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh EH4 1HU, United Kingdom

17. Cornerstone Bookshop

"Good service, and good selection of books. A lovely place."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 42 Reviews
  • πŸ“ St John’s Church Terrace, Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ, United Kingdom

18. Edinburgh Community Bookshop

"Second hand books for great prices and funds go to local charities- what more could you ask for? A decent coffee? They have that too!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 29 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 179-181 Great Jct St, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ, United Kingdom

19. Main Point Books

"The bookstore has a shelf for chess books and a box of vintage postcards, and do not miss the artist representation of Robert Louis Stevenson. The owner was helpful and patient with us, even letting us sit and talk while browsing."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 27 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 77 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AH, United Kingdom