Shop local Makes Sense

By shopping in locally owned businesses you are ensuring that more of the money you spend remains in the local economy. This money results in improved services, infrastructure and more choice. By making small changes in your shopping habits you can help to create a vibrant future for Dunbar.

Best by far, shop in Dunbar

 Shopping in Dunbar has all the right ingredients.  From quality food products including speciality chocolates, smoked salmon, organic fresh fruit and vegetables; to tasteful home furnishings, building supplies, garden furniture, clothing, plants, china and glassware, sports and children’s accessories from shoes to toys to bikes.

In between Dunbar has galleries, gift shops, picture framing, delicatessen, home hardware, pet foods, pharmacies, photographic studio, beauticians, jewellery, books, bakery items – in fact all you ever need and so much more.

The wide ranges of items, reasonably priced are provided with a friendly, personal service and parking is free.  You can park with no time limit restrictions at the Dunbar Leisure Centre, or Lauderdale Park as well as limited parking in the main high street. You can relax, browse, socialise and discover the reason why shopping locally retains our distinctiveness and helps us to invest more in our local community.

Once your shopping spree is over, you can relax over a steamy coffee, hot chocolate or specialist tea, accompanied by home baking in one of our welcoming cafes.  Plus our award winning restaurants offer a range of inspirational menus from afternoon tea, to mouth watering local produce.

The Dunbar Christmas lights, the envy of many a larger town are painstakingly put together by a small group of dedicated volunteers, who fund raise, maintain and design an attraction, which for the last 25 years, have been enjoyed by countless numbers of spectators.

Local shops, many of whom have taken part in the annual Christmas window competition, will remain open offering festive refreshments whilst providing the opportunity to view, purchase and have gift-wrapped a whole host of shopping delights.  If you have difficulty in selecting that special gift from such a wide choice of items available, remember our shops also offer gift tokens.

So shop smart, shop local and really discover the many, many delights Dunbar has to offer.

Eat Local

Dunbar is a fishing town, you could be forgiven for thinking that beyond fish what other food is local? Well the answer is plenty, East Lothian is rich in resources of fresh food from meat to vegetables and fruit. So what would compel you to eat something grown closer to home? Here are just a few reasons:

  • It makes economic sense, the money you spend goes back into producing more great quality food, right here in your county.

  • It helps the environment as it reduces your carbon footprint to have local food delivered but a few miles and not half way around the world.

  • You get what you asked for, let's face it we can never rely on getting what it says on the tin these days, but with producers so close to home you can actually go and see it produced.

  • It's frequently cheaper. With a Butcher offering family packs to rival any supermarket meat deal, a vegetable box available to your door and great smoked fish produced within the town boundaries, you will find making the switch easy on the purse.

  • Its convenient and available when YOU want. Dairy products delivered to your door, or how about a vegetable box with fresh produced seasonal veg to last you a fortnight or perhaps you prefer a daily stroll to collect your freshly baked loaf from one of the two local bakeries.


To find out where you can go and sample some of this local food and drink why not check out our food and drink section and discover the flavour of Dunbar

Listen local – Busking in Dunbar

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."

-Billy Joel


If you are a musician or know a local musician who would like their music heard more locally then why not get in touch. We are looking to regularly run busking events (indoor and outdoor) to improve the ambiance of the High street specifically during the busy summer months. We also have a number of traders who would happily play local CD's to help the promotion of the individual.

If you love music and like discovering local talent then Dunbar has it in abundance, check out our what’s on calendar to see where you can get your next taste of local musical talent, or why not check out Dunbar events Facebook page.