The Old Town Bookshop
The Old Town Bookshop
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Neighbourhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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danytomson
Geneva, Switzerland48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I always come browsing in this place. They usually have vast assortment of books and the prices are always incredibly good. The staff is well prepared and also very friendly and helpful. I love the classics section, it is always full of useful titles A heaven for avid readers
Written August 10, 2019
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Sky
Istanbul, Türkiye342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
It is in victoria street. It is a more beautiful bookshop which I have seen. It has a lots of books to see
Written September 19, 2017
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
It's a nice old bookstore. It's pretty small and was pretty crowded. But I found a couple treasures so I liked it.
Written August 1, 2017
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Stefan
Portadown, UK51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
Found some wonderful beautiful maps here. Didn't have time to stay an discover them all. But great spot to find something special.
Written March 27, 2017
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dorongrossman
Tel Aviv District, Israel3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This bookshop is amazing, full of literary, educational and artistic wonders. Ancient books, are not the only source of stories here- be sure to talk with the seller on a cold windy October evening if you manage to. Worth the visit even if you are not planning to buy anything- who knows, you may find something you did not know you need.
Written October 28, 2016
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Kenna
Dubai, United Arab Emirates58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Conveniently located in Victoria Street, this place has a lot of old books and art pieces! The old book smell will take you back into the past. It's not difficult to find something you'll like and treasure forever.
Written October 19, 2015
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AlexandraCC
182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
The sky blue shop front caught my eye, seemingly straight from a Lewis Carroll novel. A display window is filled with stacks of old books, giving the air of an era long lost. I couldn't help but enter. Inside, the cramped bookstore is filled with wonderful novels, maps, and some alleged first prints. There are also numerous postcards and paper products for sale. The shop-owner, a quiet friendly man, lets you browse the aisles without notice. The smell is musty, the ambience like the heart of an ancient library, or old-school general store. It's as if you've stepped into a different time. May this wonderful little store continue to thrive and may lovers of books and old volumes like myself get to visit in the future.
Written March 16, 2015
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