Elvis Shakespeare Edinburgh

Image by Mark Gorman

Elvis Shakespeare – 2nd hand books & records

You sell second hand records, right?  Elvis made records didn’t he?

You sell second hand books, right? Shakespeare wrote books didn’t he?

Create the ultimate mashup and the result is Elvis Shakespeare, a barry wee (that’s Edinburgh for great little) shop selling records books, CDs, DVD’s and the likes.

It’s only a stone’s throw away from the equally unexpected Borlands that has, for many years, also committed to two specialisations: darts and television.

It’s all part of the charm of Edinburgh’s finest shopping street – no, not George Street; Leith Walk. A cornucopia of ethnic and local retailers; restaurants, takeaways bars, darts, TV repairs, books and records.

Enter the admittedly not huge portal and rather than finding a Tardis you’ll encounter an Aladdin’s Cave stuffed full of the above.  Punk, alternative rock, indie and dance are all specialisations.

In the summer, it hosts events at the amazing Leith Late Festival (the picture above was taken then) but year-round it buys and sells second-hand stuff. A quick trawl of the website shows that you can purchase a 7″ U2 French import for £179.99 right through to Razorlight’s America for only 99p.

Or in books how does Streetwork 1993-1997 by street photographer Philip-Lorca DiCorcia for £225 sound? If that doesn’t tickle your fancy maybe Knees up Mother Earth by Robert Rankin for actual FREE does.

Either way, you can lose an hour or two rummaging and ruminating with gregarious owner David Griffin. Then pick up a set of arrows, up the road.

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347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00


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