Lighthouse Bookshop Edinburgh – Revolutionary reads

shopping
Shopping

"Lighthouse Bookshop" is a wonderful independent bookseller that's keeping Edinburgh's literary tradition alive. For literary lovers with a conscience!

Edinburgh has a rich literary tradition. It was named the world’s first UNESCO city of literature in 2004, it is the birthplace of many authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and hosts the Edinburgh International book festival every summer. Keeping this tradition alive are the wonderful independent booksellers of the city and Lighthouse Bookshop is one of the best.

Tucked away on a side street in between the Edinburgh University central campus and bustling Nicholson Street, Lighthouse Bookshop is a welcome refuge for literary lovers with a conscience.

Lighthouse Bookshop specialises in left-wing politics and championing marginalised voices. It offers the usual categories from fiction to cookery as well as more unusual offerings such as zines and works from local independent presses. Lighthouse is a great place to discover different voices and little known subjects with writers from across the world.

As with any great bookshop, this is not just a place to buy books: Lighthouse plays an active role in the local community. There are book clubs, regular literary talks as well as a “pay it forward” initiative where you can pay towards a book for someone else who may not be able to afford it otherwise. During the summer, they co-host the “Book Fringe” a programme of free literary events with another independent bookseller called Golden Hare Books. Check out Fiona’s article on them here: Golden Hare – Book shop or art gallery?

About this spot

West Nicolson Street 43

Mon - Sat 10:00 - 20:00, Sun 11:30 - 17:00

Paperback:

£

8.99

+44

01316629112

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in Edinburgh

The Forgotten Railway Tunnel – Scotland Street

There's a forgotten railway tunnel on Scotland Street in Edinburgh. I like toake people down there to give them a lesser-told history lesson...

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Sarah

Mackenzie

Dovecot Studios – Watch the weavers at work

The "Dovecot Studios" in Edinburgh were once public swimming baths where I'd swim every morning - now I can have a bird's eye view of weavers & looms...

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Tamsin

Grainger

Circus Lane – Instagram dreams!

"Circus Lane" in Edinburgh is dubbed by many one of the most beautiful streets in Britain. Come here for a short (or long!) photo detour...

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Sarah

Mackenzie

National Library of Scotland – Not just dusty books

"National Library of Scotland" in Edinburgh has some pretty great exhibitions, and all of them are for free! My favorite part of it though is the events...

arts&culture
Art & culture
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea

By

Fiona

Diack

Piershill Cemetery – Magical mystery

"Piershill Cemetery" in Edinburgh has a large Jewish section (quite uncommon), but the main thing that caught my eye was the tomb of the Great Lafayette...

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing

By

Fiona

Diack

The Royal Dick – Really local beer

"The Royal Dick" is not the easiest bar to find around Edinburgh. What used to be a small animal hospital has kept the concept with decorated...

bars
Bars
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Fiona

Diack

John Muir Way – Coast to coast

"John Muir Way" is a 215km route that takes walkers from one coast of Scotland to the other and also passes straight through the centre of Edinburgh!

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Fiona

Diack

Salt Horse – All the craft beer!

"Salt Horse" in Edinburgh is one of the pubs we go out to with the rest of the Spotters! They have great beers and popup food options...

bars
Bars

By

Fiona

Diack

Traverse Theatre – Plays in a subterranean setting

"Traverse Theatre" in Edinburgh has a reputation that extends far beyond its subterranean location. It's also not expensive, so it's a great choice...

bars
Bars
restaurants
Restaurants
theater
Theaters

By

Fiona

Diack

Hoochie Coochie – Edinburgh's coolest clothes shop

"Hoochie Coochie" in Edinburgh is an colourful clothes shop with amazing prices. Dropping by is part of my routine when I go to the cinema...

arts&culture
Art & culture
shopping
Shopping

By

Mark

Gorman

The West Room – Cool West End hangout

"The West Room" in Edinburgh is a cool West End bar that changes its face through the day. I like starting my day there with Eggs Benedict & a Bloody Mary.

bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Alasdair

MacQuarrie

Stramash – Live music bar

"Stramash" in Edinburgh's Old Town is perfect for a bit of late-night entertainment. It's in an old renovated church and the dance floor is full of smiles!

bars
Bars
music
Music
snacks
Snacks

By

Sarah

Mackenzie

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in Edinburgh

Get to know our Spotters from Edinburgh

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.