Golden Hare Books

‘You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.’ {Jen Campbell}

I am often asked on Instagram for recommendations about what to do in Edinburgh. My favourite cafes, walks, pretty view points, things to do… you get the idea! Almost always, I will include a bookshop in my reply. Why? Because book make my world go round, and the first thing I do when planning a visit to a new city is Google local bookshops. I’m not alone in that, right…?

Fortunately for me, Edinburgh is home to several beautiful bookshops, so I thought I’d do a little series of blog posts about some of my favourites. Starting with the glorious Golden Hare Books. 

Golden Hare can be found on St Stephen Street, an impossibly cute street in Stockbridge which is home to an array of quirky, independent shops and boutiques – including a chandelier shop, and another which is filled to the brim with antique lamps. It really does cater for everything! Stockbridge is one of my favourite Edinburgh haunts, and an excellent place to while away an afternoon, but more on that in a future post.

Back to books. Golden Hare is a haven for bookworms. It’s layout is designed to showcase books to maximum effect with as many covers facing out as possible – and it certainly works. It’s one of those shops where you walk in and can’t help but make a little ‘ooo’ noise. Again, hopefully this isn’t just me!

The shop is staffed by friendly, knowledgable booksellers – who are more than happy to chat away and make recommendations. Lining the shelves are tiny, handwritten cards with helpful descriptions – and you can even partake in a blind book date should the mood take you. Their selection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry (and beyond) would satisfy even the pickiest bookworm and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they’ll happily order it in for you.

Shopping for books in Golden Hare is a particularly cosy, comforting experience. It’s warm and bright, and there are comfy chairs tucked away in little reading nooks. Tucked away at the back is one of the cutest children’s sections you’ve ever seen, full of amazing, inspiring books for young readers. It’s the sort of place I would have had to have been dragged away from as a child. Although. who am I kidding, I had to be dragged away this time too!  It’s one of those places where an hour could pass in the blink of an eye, and I’d still be there with a stack of books in hand, trying to decide which to take home. 

Displaying some rather impressive self-control, I left clutching a beautiful hardback edition of Katherine Arden’s The Girl in the Tower, which is without a doubt one of my new favourites. If you’re looking for a lovely read to see you through the rest of the seemingly never-ending winter, pick up a copy of The Girl and the Nightingale, which is the first in the series. I can’t tell you how much I loved it!

PS. Want to know the best thing about Golden Hare Books? It’s dog-friendly. Yep, that’s right. Dogs and books. It’s practically a dream world.

Do you have a favourite bookshop in your hometown? Leave me a comment below! 

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11 Comments

  1. Marie
    March 4, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Hey !! Such a great photos and writings! When you had share the Instagram page on your story I was so happy to discover a new bookshop! So yesterday I went to golden hare, and what a surprise, this place is so cosy and warm and perfect ! Thank you very much for this.

    • gisforgeorgina
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Hello! Oh that’s so exciting. I’m so glad you liked it! Isn’t it just the cosiest, lovliest place? G x

  2. March 4, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Come and see our shop Georgina – in the beautiful village of Beauly. It is just a short drive from Inverness. It is housed in an old school and each classroom is a different department with books and stationery in what was the school canteen. Look forward to seeing you. 😊

    • gisforgeorgina
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Yes! I would absolutely love to stop in one day!! Your book department sounds wonderful 🙂 G x

  3. March 5, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Lovely to a read a review like this of something we’ve designed — and great photos!

    • gisforgeorgina
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Ah, that’s lovely to hear! You certainly did a great job! 🙂 G x

  4. Lila
    March 5, 2018 / 10:13 am

    Hello:) I recently discovered your blog and instagram account and I must admit it’s the most inspiring feed. Your photos are beautiful. I am a huge lover of books, tea and beautiful things. I’ve once been to England but couldn’t visit Scotland as well so Edinburgh is on the top of my places to visit. Can I ask you something if you don’t mind? What are you studying/have been studying/are working? Is it something connected with books, english literature or art maybe? I’m asking you because I need to decide what to study next year and I only have 3 weeks left. My dream job is to be a writer/librarian or sth connected with books. Our country doesn’t have courses for this so I’m pretty indecisive right now. I’d just like to hear what you chose, maybe it can help me with my own decision:) and also, have you written any books on your own? Thank you and have a nice day❤

    • gisforgeorgina
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      Hello! Firstly, thank you for your lovely comment! I hope you get to visit Edinburgh one day – it really is such a special place! I studied English Literature at Edinburgh Uni, and I never looked back! I would have loved to be a librarian – maybe one day. English is a great course to do at university or college, as it covers such a wide breadth of subjects. Would highly recommend it! I haven’t written a book but maybe one day. Starting with the blog for now! 🙂 G x

  5. Ciara
    March 6, 2018 / 10:22 am

    Ahh I love this bookshop! Such beautiful pictures!

    • gisforgeorgina
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you Ciara! That is so lovely of you to say 🙂 G x

  6. Betty
    August 20, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    I’ll be in Edinburgh for the first time in just three weeks! Your posts are so inspiring. I always love visiting bookshops while I travel and one of my traditions is to purchase a book about each city I visit. I tend toward “coffee table” style books on history, art, design, architecture, etc. Would Golden Hare carry that sort of book? Or do they stock just novels and such?

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