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Address: 53 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.

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Great place for shopping

Great place for shopping, situated close to Waverly Station, plenty of places to stop for a coffee or cake, l visited the Christmas market, very nice but not that busy, very clean... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Terry C
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not as good as you would imagine. Better going back at street onto George Street for more interesting shops, Pavements get very busy as area is not pedestrianised due to bus routes & trams. Princes Gardens make a good spot for a break on a nice day.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you don't like shopping avoid, but if shopping's your thing then you're in for a treat. This must be one of the best shopping areas in the UK. We were there in early December, the street was alive with Christmas shoppers. Princess Street itself has a vast array of shops on one side of the street, from multinationals like... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are in a shopping mood and want all the big names, then Princes Street is for you. If not, then perhaps you can sit in the park opposite whilst waiting for your partner. Everything here for the shopper, but that's about it.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best customer service I have encountered, especially the Senior Manager David Lamb. Customer focused and imaginative. Knows how to handle complex and difficult situations.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place for shopping, situated close to Waverly Station, plenty of places to stop for a coffee or cake, l visited the Christmas market, very nice but not that busy, very clean and everyone was so friendly

Thank Terry C
Lanark, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Christmas market with my family who were visiting from Newcastle. My mum loves a market and often comes up before xmas to visit and take in a market or two. Last year we visited the Glasgow one which consists of about 20 stalls all selling scarves food and alcohol. We expected the Edinburgh one to be a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to many shopping streets and I am very confident to say that Princess street is the best so far. There are hundreds of shops and restaurants all within walking distance. The city of Edinburgh itself is very nice too. If you visit Scotland you MUST come visit this shopping street.

Kendal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a shopaholic then this is the place for you from the high street to designers. Worth spending a few hours (and £'s) here!

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Auchinleck, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a good time walking around the shops and going into the winter markets during the day and even better at night when all the lights are on take your time and take it all in .

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good for shopping (usual High Street names + some independent retailers / local shops specializing in cashmere / woolen goods, whiskey, souvenirs, etc.). Central for walking into the New Town (Georgian architecture and squares - filled with bars, cafes, restaurants). Don't miss a walk along Rose Street which runs just behind Princes Street - its like a sort of long... More 

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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