Edinburgh World Heritage - Shopfronts



Shopfronts play a very important role in the city's unique historic character. A single high-quality shopfront can make a significant improvement to the streetscape.

Traditional architectural details that are hidden or neglected can easily be revitalised, helping to define the character of street and enhancing the shopping experience.

We recently announced the signing of a contract for the restoration of our 50th historic shopfront, with Khukuri’s Nepalese restaurant in West Maitland Street. This is an important thoroughfare as you enter the World Heritage Site from the west, but has suffered in recent years as a result of the tram works and lack of investment. However, things are looking up for the area with significant investment coming from the development of the area around Haymarket station. Our vision is to transform the street into an attractive shopping and eating destination for the area. Le Marche Francais has already undergone restoration and is looking beautiful!

Case studies of previous EWH shopfront projects:

33-41b William Street

Restoration of a series of Georgian shopfronts at 33-41B William Street.

9-11 Gilmours Close, Grassmarket

A comprehensive refurbishment of a vacant property in the Grassmarket.

Pizza Hut, Cockburn Street

Small scale improvements to a restaurant as part of the conservation of the Royal Mile Mansions, a block at the junction of North Bridge and Royal Mile.


The Showcase Your Shopfront guide (PDF | 2.5MB)

The history of shopfronts in Edinburgh by Jack Gillon (PDF | 444KB)

Old Town Shopfront Technical Guidance (PDF | 4MB)

Old Town Shopfront Design (PDF | 1.6MB)






Recent Projects

From the three year Twelve Monuments Project to the major restoration of Well Court.


EWH Historic Home Guides, Annual Reviews and the World Heritage Site Management Plan available for download.

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