Mama Said is a convenience store on Cockburn Street. They offer an extended selection of local specialities that many seek out as culinary souvenirs, but also stock classics like milk, bread, crisps, and toilet paper.
An institution for nearly 30 years, (established 1989) Mama Said have taken gradual steps away from classic convenience store offerings. Whilst standard supermarket confectionery and snacks and staples to satisfy everyday needs are still offered, there has been a shift to include more local specialities and overall healthier options.
Now there is a focus on food from Scotland and Edinburgh, healthy snacks, oatcakes, shortbread, fresh fruit, and a broad selection of drinks, including alcoholic ones. In fact, the selection of chilled wines, beer and a selection of craft beer is an impressive one, containing some locally produced gems. Artisanal chocolate and chocolate coated nuts will serve those with a sweet tooth.
To complement the culinary souvenirs, there is a small range of small scottish-themed mementos that can be picked up for a few Pounds.
Some lucky visitors are greeted by the Mama Said mascot, the friendly cocker spaniel Randolph Mortimer, who has been known to give high fives.
Mama Said is a stylish family-owned convenience store that offers a healthy mix of staples and local food to satisfy both tourists needs and those of locals in need of a quick treat. The prices are what is to be expected in a premium area, and the unique mix of stock make it worth a visit.
40 Cockburn Street Edinburgh EH1 1PB
Photo credit: Matt Hallala