The Edinburgh Bookshop

The Edinburgh Bookshop

UPDATE: The Edinburgh Bookshop is moving to bigger premises (which will include a separate children’s room – hurrah!), just along the road in Summer 2024. Find out more on their website and keep your eyes peeled for another update here once they are open!

As you may know, if you’ve following my blog for a while, we are a family of bookworms. We love books, and we love bookshops. As UNESCO’s first ever city of literature, Edinburgh is blessed with many fabulous independent bookshops and I’ve featured quite a few of them here on the blog. With so much great choice, it’s difficult to pick a favourite, but if we absolutely had to it would be The Edinburgh Bookshop which is just around the corner from us so we visit them a LOT. It’s been almost four years since I last wrote about them, so I thought it was time for a wee update.

The Edinburgh Bookshop

The Edinburgh Bookshop may be small but they have a lot packed inside, including a well stocked children’s section. In fact, it was previously awarded UK Children’s Bookshop of the Year. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with books ranging for board and bath books for babies, right through to graphic novels and YA novels for teenagers, and everything in between. A truly welcoming space for readers of all ages and abilities.

But The Edinburgh Bookshop is more than just a bookshop – it’s a community hub. They usually have a steady programme of events, including weekly story time for under 5s which I used to take my youngest to before he started school. We would often leave books in hand, having had to buy our own copies of new favourites discovered in story time. They also run several book groups, including a Kids Book Club for age 10-13 (second Wednesday of the month), and a Teen Book Club for age 14-17 (first Wednesday of the month).

Of course, they also host book launches and book signings too, and we’ve been lucky enough to have attended a few and met some amazing authors over the years. The staff that run The Edinburgh Bookshop are also just the loveliest people, always available for a chat, full of great book suggestions, and sometimes even a nice cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on.

The Edinburgh Bookshop

How to get there

The Edinburgh Bookshop is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield neighbourhood, at 219 Bruntsfield Place. Lothian buses 11, 15, 16, 23, 26 & 45 all stop right outside.

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