Nine of Edinburgh's Independent Bookshops

by Keira Brown
Communications Executive, Edinburgh
City of Literature Trust

16 June 2023

Independent Bookshop Week ran from 17 - 23rd June this year, encouraging booklovers to shop local.

Edinburgh's Independent Bookshops are a core component of our literary city, and with it recently being #IndieBookshopWeek we compiled a list of nine of the many jaunty, wonderful and hidden indie gems for you to visit, discover and browse. Whether you're looking for the latest bestseller, a beautiful tree calf binding or a zine by a local artist, you'll find an Edinburgh bookshop happy to oblige.

Edinburgh's Independent Bookshops

  • The outside of Lighthouse Books Bookshop

Argonaut Books: 15-17 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8LN, Adam Barclay's relatively young bookshop has recently moved online and has regular events in the bookshop.

Armchair Books: 72-74 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE, Deliver internationally via their AbeBooks online shop. Hop on to their website, browse their excellent collection of books, and place your order. You can contact them on

Citadel Bookshop: 41 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5DJ, Alan Spence's bookshop in Abbeyhill mostly focuses on quality secondhand books but occasionally gets in some new titles.

The Edinburgh Bookshop: 219 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DH, You can order books on their website via email on or on the phone on 0131 447 1917.

Golden Hare Books: 68 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ, You can shop their books online, and they also have a brilliant PostBooks subscription service. Contact them on 0131 225 7755.

Lighthouse Bookshop: 43-45 W Nicolson St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Shop their stock online, or call the store to order books and arrange your delivery. You can reach them on 0131 662 9112.

The Portobello Bookshop: 46 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA, Browse and order books from their online shop. You can phone them to discuss their stock and orders on 0131 629 6756.

Toppings and Company Booksellers: 2 Blenheim Pl, Edinburgh EH7 5JH, Is open online for browsing, Click & Collect, and postal orders. You can order books from their website here. Call them on 0131 546 4202 to arrange your order.

Typewronger Books: 4a Haddington Pl, Edinburgh EH7 4AE, You can browse their stock here, or email and they'll be happy to help.