This page gives some suggestions on good specialist shops near the conference venue. For general items, the main concentration of standard shops is along Princes Street.
Jenners 48 Princes Street. Department store, on the same site since 1838.
Royal Mile Whiskies 379 High Street. Helpful tourist-oriented whisky shop.
There is a farmers' market on Castle Terrace on Saturday mornings – the best in the UK, according to Country Life magazine.
I J Mellis main store at 30a Victoria Street. Specialist cheesemonger.
Crombie's of Edinburgh 97 Broughton St. Traditional butcher.
Lupe Pinto's 24 Leven St. Mexican deli.
Valvona & Crolla 19 Elm Row. Italian delicatessen and wine merchant.
Pine Tree Bakery 64 Home Street. Polish baker's.
Real Foods 8 Brougham St, and 37 Broughton Street. Organic/health/vegetarian/vegan food.
Falko Konditormeister 7 Bruntsfield Place. German bakery.
Henderson's 94 Hanover Street. Vegetarian deli.
Music and video
Fopp 55 Cockburn Street, and 3-15 Rose Street.
Avalanche Records 17 West Nicolson St and 63 Cockburn St.
Underground Solu'shn Records 9 Cockburn Street. Hip hop, house, techno, drum 'n' bass.
Hog's Head Music 62 South Clerk Street.
Coda Music 12 Bank St. Folk.
HMV main store at 129/130 Princes Street. Largest Edinburgh branch of this chain. Check their 'sale' section.
Virgin Megastore 125 Princes Street. Another large chain store.
Blackwell's main store at 53-62 South Bridge. Academic and general bookshop. Has a good Scottish section.
Waterstone's main store at 128 Princes Street. Largest Edinburgh branch of this bookshop chain.
Transreal 7 Cowgatehead. Science-fiction and fantasy.
Deadhead Comics 27 Candlemaker Row. Comics.
Forbidden Planet 40-41 South Bridge. Comics, graphic novels, roleplaying.
Beyond Words main store at 42-44 Cockburn Street. Photographic books.
Word Power 43 West Nicolson Street. Radical bookshop.
Lush 44 Princes Street. Cosmetics.
Mr Wood's Fossils 5 Cowgatehead. Fossils.