Curving up from the Grassmarket to George IV Bridge, Victoria Street is one of the prettiest streets in Edinburgh and is also home to a colourful array of restaurants, delis and independent boutiques. One of my favourites is the Red Door Gallery, both a unique exhibition space and a lovely little shop selling artwork, jewellery and various other products.
The gallery aims to introduce the public to emerging and independent artists and designers, exhibiting both solo works and group ventures, often in collaboration with students from Edinburgh College of Art. As artists are invited to submit their work to the gallery through their website, you’re likely to discover artists here that you would never come across otherwise. As an impoverished-ish student I’m obviously not in the habit of buying art and often feel uncomfortable wandering around galleries or boutiques without buying, but at the Red Door Gallery you can browse with no pressure – though don’t worry if something does catch your eye, as most of the pieces are very affordable.
The shop is also packed with cute and quirky stationery, bags, prints, lomographic cameras, indie zines and loads of other bits and pieces, much of which you won’t find anywhere else in Edinburgh. I particularly love the digital prints of David Fleck’s delicate cityscape illustrations, and Finch and Fouracre’s DIY fold-out model buildings. A great place to pick up alternative souvenirs – anything you find here will beat a soft toy Nessie hands down.