West Port Bookshops

Guide to Edinburgh’s West Port Book Trail

The historic West Port, once the haunt of bodysnatchers Burke and Hare, is now the haunt of book lovers from around the world who come to browse through the string of friendly, independent bookshops, each with its own highly individual identity.

MAIN POINT BOOKS
77 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AH
Monday–Saturday 12.30–5.30

MainpointsmallwebInteresting re-reads and collectable books – philosophy, art, architecture, religions, fashion, history, climbing, transport. Book launches and readings. Base of literary website textualities.net. Typesetting service.

Tel: 0131 228 4837
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www.textualities.net

EDINBURGH BOOKS
145–147 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP
Monday–Saturday 10–6 (later in summer).

edinburghbooksexterioR.WEB.smallEdinburgh’s largest secondhand and antiquarian bookshop; intriguing and collectable titles on every imaginable subject. In the basement, as well as bargain books, there is sheet music from Alba Music.

Tel: 0131 229 4431
edinburghbooks [at] hotmail.co.uk
www.edinburghbooks.net
@edinburghbooks

CABARET
137 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP
Tuesday–Saturday 10.30–5.30

cabaretwebsmallVintage books, beautiful objects in their own right and a fitting counterpart to the jewellery that is Cabaret’s other speciality. Period bindings,  illustrated and children’s books.

Tel: 0131 229 4100
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ARMCHAIR BOOKS
72–74 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE
7 days a week 10.30–6.30

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACeiling-high shelves packed with old and collectable books. Online reviewers have described this shop as ‘bohemian’, a ‘cosy wee maze’ with ‘ramshackle charm’,  ‘great for a serious rummage’.

Tel: 0131 229 5927
armchairbooks [at] hotmail.com
www.armchairbooks.co.uk
@armchairbooks

PETER BELL BOOKS
68 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LD
Tuesday-Friday 2–5; Saturday 11.30–5

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASpecialities include Edinburgh University Press publications, philosophy, art catalogues, and Scottish material. Peter Bell and Andrew Pringle have united forces – both are old school bookmen.

Tel: 0131 229 0562
www.peterbell.net
books [at] peterbell.net

SCOTTISH PICTURES
60 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LD
Thursday-Saturday 10.30–5.30; Sunday 12–4

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIan Smith is a print specialist offering a tempting selection of 16th-19th century antique prints and maps, with a strong but not exclusive emphasis on Scotland. Bespoke framing service. Prints sent to any destination.

Tel: 0131 229 5353
www.scottishpictures.com
info [at] scottishpictures.com

FOREIGN LANGUAGE BOOKS
60 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LD

Foreign language books and language learning materials. Good selection of novels and non-fiction, and a linguist proprietor who can respond to enquiries in several languages.

Tel: 0131 229 7534

HELIOS FOUNTAIN
7 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HY

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWorks by Rudolf Steiner and related authors, children’s and gift books.  Stocks most of the titles published by Floris Books, Hawthorn Press and Rudolf Steiner Press.

Tel: 0131 229 7884
www.helios-fountain.co.uk

OLD TOWN BOOKSHOP
8 Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2LD
Monday-Saturday 10.30–5.45

oldtownbooks.WEBAntiquarian and second-hand books, old prints, antique maps, and a small selection of original artwork in various mediums. Bookseller Ron Wilson is an artist whose work can be viewed at link below.

Tel: 0131 225 9237
http://ronwilsonpaintingsgallery.com

AVINZANDUM
56a Candlemaker Row Edinburgh EH1 2QE
Monday–Friday 9.30–6; Saturday 10–1 (except June–August)

avizandumsmallClarity and reliability are the defining features of law books specialist Avizandum. Comprehensive stock of Scots law, UK law books,  Avizandum Publishing and Stair Society titles.

Tel: 0131 220 3373
www.avizandum.co.uk

TRANSREAL FICTION
46 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE
Monday-Friday 11-6; Saturday 10–6;
Sundays (August and Christmas only) 12–5

transrealsmallThe biggest range of imported science fiction and fantasy titles in Scotland, and a limited selection of related merchandise. Always happy to help people find fresh material. New titles flagged up on the website.

Tel: 0131 226 2774
www.transreal.wordpress.com
@transrealshop

 DEADHEAD COMICS
27 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QG

deadheadsmallCool spot for comics and graphic novels, including desirable back issues. Laid-back staff equally happy to shoot the breeze with comic novices as with senior geeks. Rated one of the top five comic shops in the UK.

Tel: 0131 226 2774