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Till’s Bookshop – A bookish corner of Edinburgh

A second-hand bookshop on the eastern edge of the Meadows, Till’s is a lovely wee place you can browse to your heart’s content. A bell tinkles above the door as you walk in, and in winter a coal fire burns in the back room, keeping everything toasty.

They have a great selection of classic literature, (students tend to sell on their old copies here) as well as an entire wall of popular fiction and sci-fi. Reference books, drama, and a few other bits and bobs live in the back room. Till’s is excellent if you don’t want to burn a hole in your wallet: a new book in most shops will set you back £ 7.99, (definitely beyond the student budget), whereas Till’s usually costs a couple of pounds.

If you’re looking for some interior decoration, they also sell old movie posters for Westerns and cheesy romance flicks – I have no idea where these come from, but they’re fantastic.

The owner, a lovely Canadian man, has a near encyclopedic knowledge of his shop and is always down to chat. If it’s in the shop, he’ll know where it is. Buy a book and take a stroll on the Meadows for some downtime, or if it’s windy scoot along to your nearest cafe (Cult Espresso, across the road, check the Cult Espresso article) for a warming coffee.

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Details about this spot



1 Hope Park Crescent, Edinburgh

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Fri 12:00 - 19:30, Sat 11:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:30


Paperback +/-: £ 3


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)