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Art & Vintage in Edinburgh


The other week we were viewing a flat in Leith (yes, we’re thinking about buying again…) and since we were in the area I wanted to visit a cafe/vintage shop/art gallery on Lyne Street in Abbeyhill that I was clued in on through Instagram. As soon as we stepped inside I took a liking to the place and decided I want to do a blog post to support the shop. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera, so photos aren’t great I’m afraid…

The place is owned by Antonia, an artist and art teacher, and Paul, who’s worked as a chef for 15 years. They share a passion for all things retro and decided to combine forces and open Art and Vintage. The place is bright and airy and decorated tastefully with retro furniture and pretty prints.

The vintage items are sourced from the UK and Scandinavia – yup, the Scandi-boom continues and it’s probably why I liked the place so much! I did find magazines for Swedish housewives from 1951, but as I’m definitely not a vintage connoisseur I couldn’t really tell what else had been sourced in Scandinavia.


If you look closely you’ll see both owners in the photo 🙂


In the shop you’ll find ceramics, collectibles, kitchenalia, small items of furniture and vintage clothing from late Victorian through to Art Deco and mid-century.


I love the window displays – very clever.


Couldn’t resist a mirror selfie…Those scissors are gorgeous – not sure what I would do with them though!


Such a cute table underneath all those cute items.


The Swedish housewife magazine I mentioned. Would be interesting to have a wee read!


A retro typewriter that works – quite like the bold colours!


I love those enamel pots and my mum has a vintage iron in her cupboard as well.


Charming pastel forks from the 60s. Wonder why two forks of each colour are of a different shade? (Can you see it as well?)


My mum collects egg cups and would probably like these. Eller hur mamma?


The back wall also serves as an art gallery for local artists. Find out more about exhibiting at Art and Vintage here.


More art. I do like the simplistic stuff.


The fabric chosen for the chairs and pillows throughout the shop is just up my street.


Lana decided to chill out for about 10 seconds so I could snap a photo. I just realised that I didn’t take a photo of the other tables lined up next to the big windows…


You can perhaps get an idea about the table set-up from this photo from the outside.


Last but definitely not least, the food that changes every day was great and happened to be all vegetarian that day. We both had 4 different salads that set us back only £4,80 each – healthy, nutritious and tasty! We didn’t have coffee or cake since Lana woke up and was a bit too eager to explore all the interesting little objects, but I’m convinced they are amazing too.

Once we buy a flat I will be back!

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Sharon

    Oooooh the shop looks fab. I love all your Edinburgh discoveries.Oneday I shall visit again.x

    June 9, 2016 at 10:16 pm
  • Annika B

    Lovely place! I hope you let that place know that you blogged about them. What are your criteria for an apartment (that you would buy)? We are also looking, and our main criterias are: separate kitchen (from living room), balcony, something to renovate (price is lower if there are things that need renovation), “läpitalon asunto”, square formed kitchen (not long and narrow which are very popular here), bedrooms can’t be entered from living room.

    June 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm
    • Nina Äikäs

      I have let them know ? We want two bedrooms,nice area,generous living space,bright with windows in all rooms,space to set up our “home office” to work from home from etc. My list was a lot longer before we actually started looking and I got a reality check ?

      June 13, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  • Anonymous

    Söta äggkoppar jo, men jag samlar mest på keramikdito. Tänk, Husmodern med prinsessan Sibylla och prins Carl Gustaf (nuvarande Kungen) …

    June 21, 2016 at 10:53 am
    • Nina Äikäs

      Vem är prinsessan Sibylla??

      June 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm
      • Anonymous

        Den nuvarande kungens mor (ursprungligen en tysk prinsessa tror jag), död sen ganska länge.

        June 23, 2016 at 9:30 am
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