Now I know it's just another shopping centre but A) it's got free parking B) has a big cinema and C) lots of shops and places to eat.
Ok a lot of places to eat are chain, in fact most of them are. My favourite chain has to be Zizzi's, as they always have an offer on and it's tasty (but the place always feels cold, perhaps the air con). You have The Handmade Burger Co, Bella Italia, Pizza Express, A chinese, a coffee bar and the main eating area.
Free Parking is good because the Omni Complex is expensive. Plus there is plenty of spaces too.
Ocean terminal is set on three floors all of which are accesible by moving stairs and lifts. Most of the shops are on the ground and first floor with the eating places on the third. Frankie and Benny's are the lastest chain to be installed here. You have Sbux and Costa for coffee addicts like myself.
Hmmm, Edinburgh does so many thing well. Independent shops, cafes and restaurants but I think it is poor at shopping malls. I had been to Ocean Terminal before (after a visit was recommended) and I wondered why I had been directed here.
Maybe I'm biased. I grew up with the full mall experience of Glasgow - uber shops, great malls and when directed to somewhere to hunt down a prospective purchase, I was never disappointed back West. There are some ok shops here but it is just a bit ok - not fabulous and not quite worthy of a 2* meh (2.5-3), but just ok. It might get an hour of my time if I was early for a future spa appointment, but I wouldn't be crossing town to specifically head here.
I also took my mum and she probably best summed it up on the phone to my dad, "went to Ocean Terminal because the spa is there. It's ok and there was a good kids shop, but its like shopping in the Paisley Centre, given the range of shops."
If anyone is familiar with the Paisley Centre you won't take that as a complement for Ocean Terminal...
Been here that many times now its not a novelty anymore, but as I'm this far North in Edinburgh before hitting the sea, then I'll stop over in the nearest place that provides everything I need at lunch, and the large boat shaped Ocean Terminal provided me with free wifi, lunch and a comfy seat in pleasant-ish surroundings?
Tiki Cafe food, prices, service and overall ambience we brunched at, was not the best choice, but they do have certified coffee brewers. Though even going to the main food area it all seemed a little unappealing and depressed looking. Things might improve earlier, or on other days, but doesn't really make me want to go back again if the best combo I saw was soup and a sandwich! Definitely not the foodie place to wave a flag about, probably due to the many other food establishments under one roof?
Value for money for two sandwiches, soup, earl grey tea, glass of fizz; ok for around £10. Quick service and ambience, fine. This was afterall lunchtime mid week so it's incredibly quiet and feels like sitting in a very big space with large windows, out of which there is a view of working vessels, and new housing across the harbour area.
The appeal factor here is, there isn't many differences in Ocean Terminal shopping that you wouldn't find scattered around centre of town; just more compact. We visited Fat Face, The Whiskey Shop, O2 and HMV(10% discount on goods). There are still a few sales ongoing, however we didn't have much time to go into any others.
There are a few touristy ventures to go on here such as a tour of Britannia, and a soup shop from Baxter's, Pure Gyms, Vue cinema chain is here also with up to date flicks and sometimes special previews. Vast parking area also, not sure if it's free though?
In all it's great if you have an agenda, not so good for some food choices, but shop around as there are a few better eateries within ten-minute walk. Above all Ocean is comfortable, warm and ambient place to chilax for a short time if your in the area
It has a Vue Cinema, the entrance to Britannia, Starbucks, Bear Company, M&S Food-Court, H&M, Superdry, Fat Face, HMV, Boots, FCUK, Baxter, GAP, Debenhams and a beautiful laid out Food Court - with Zizzi, Burger Company etc..
I do like the food-court, with its view over Fife and new developments of Newhaven. (I compare those views with Blade Runner scenes..)
Not my favourite shopping centre - as it is more like an main street shopping missing the charity shops (apart from the Superdry Store)
I go shopping here when I have a few hours to spare on a Sunday.
It is clean building in and out and has got a straightforward layout rectangular and 3 stories high.
There is a car park and a bus terminus for Lothian buses 22, 35, 34, 36, 11
Also the tourist buses stop here.
There are (still) plans to extend the (in)famous tram line to here but those are currently shelved
I like the Clean and bright look of the place. A good selection of shops and some great places to eat.
Its my preferred shopping centre
As far as shopping centres go, this one is below par.
We went there for the car-valet service: they valet your car whilst you nip in and shop. Turns out we were too late for the valet-service, so we had a quick wander anyway.
The shops were very uninspiring, all relatively unheard of or non-brands. As a 25-year old fashion-savvy (if I do say so myself) there wasn't a River Island, Topshop, Miss Selfridge in sight. The only decent shop I came across was French Connection.
The food hall was equally disappointing. Three restaurants to choose from, all generic pub-grub style (and one Chinese). The sort of places you'd find in an airport and settle for, but certainley not go out of your way for.
In comparison to the Glasweigan Braehead or Silverburn, this shopping centre was very poor indeed. Only one shop I enjoyed browsing, and generic food. It seems very out-dated and unfashionable, with a few closed retail units. It's also a huge space, that I feel is lacking any use of potential.
I have spent a lot of time in O.T. Not because I love it but because I've been employed there throughout my degree. It goes without saying there are obviously times when I'd rather be in the Sahara or dangling by my undergarments from a church spire but when I look from a shoppers perspective I think it holds its own.
Over the last year or so it's gained an H&M for ladies and kids, a Topshop and a Handmade Burger Co. among a few interesting smaller guys (there's a little unit selling a huge variety of olive oil and variations on that theme, to pick just one).
Also, I've only read the most recent few reviews but I haven't seen any mention of O.T being the home of the retired Royal Yacht Britannia, a really interesting visit (having done it) and a big tourist draw.
The M&S food store is modest, with less range than the biggies but on the plus its always half as busy on scale than the Princes Street food hall.
Vue cinema, GAP, Superdry, French C, a large Debenhams and a Baxters are noteworthy proprietors.
The architecture is solid and unspectacular. Its apparently supposed to look like a ship but I think to appreciate it you probably have to stand in Fife.
Its approaching 15 years old and I think in the next few years it will start to look a little tired, but I don't care, we're old friends now.
Unfortuntately I didn't get much time in here. I had to go through to Leith for my work and my colleague and I were actually looking for somewhere to get some grub.
We headed on in and was agast by the sheer size of the place and it's oh so modern. It's on 3 levels and has a Vue cinema and I hear it has a boat somewhere, not in it I think?! Well it has a shop relating to it anyway.
We were there about after 4.30ish on Monday so it was pretty quiet. It looked like it contained the usual high street shops with a few added extras i.e. The Whiskey Shop & Zamboo = a shop selling very weird looking vases.
We searched for a food court of some sort but all we came across was what looked like Mitchelin star restaurants. It looked shut but according to the website it's open 'till 10pm. It just wasn't looking like the sort of eating establishment we had in mind, well one with food would've be good for a start.
Anyhoo I ain't dissing the place as I only experienced it a little but if I'm ever back out this way I'm sure I'll pop in.
I'd say in terms of layout, I much prefer Ocean Terminal to St.James Centre. Which I can find extremely claustrophobic! However, Ocean Terminal is lacking dearly on interesting shops. They have the same old, same old. To be honest, I think the only shop that isn't already on the high street may be Baxter's.
For people who live in Edinburgh, this mall is definitely not worth the bus trip!
Not the best shopping centre in the world but free parking so if you're really (and I mean REALLY) bored then it might be an alright couple of hours out of town.
Being out with the city centre means it's very close to the sea (that's true, that's a formula, there's only two options - sea or town hmmm) so it's rather pretty being next to the water, especially if you park on the top floor and look out over the boats.
Even though it's only been there for a couple of years the building looks rather dated, at least not every shop/unit space is empty and there's actually an alright range of shops (in a way).
I always say I will never go back but as I said before, it's a total boredom thing.
I can't bring myself to get on the bus and travel all the way down Leith Walk to Ocean Terminal. It has various High Street shops on offer, most of which you can go to on Princes Street. There is a cinema and dining too, most of which you can get in the centre of Edinburgh. There is a play area and a skate park here which is I suppose where Ocean Terminal will win. Take the kids, dump them there and go enjoy your shopping in peace.
I guess if you live in the Leith area, or perhaps you want to shop away from the rain then a visit to Ocean Terminal is in order. Otherwise I will probably stick the Princes Street and its better (and bigger) variety of shops and dining.
Compared to its competitors (such as the Gyle Centre and St James' Mall) - Ocean Terminal is light years ahead of them. It's modern, light, airy and has some really cool shops in it as well as a cinema. Ocean Terminal also has a restaurant/eating area, which in reality is about as far as you can get from your standard mall fast food type stuff - its really rather good to sit having a paninni etc while staring out of the huge glass windows into the docks. Amazing views. Oh, and there also happens to be a Royal Yacht parked right outside. Not many other places can boast that.
However, there is one major problem - I wouldnt go out of my way to come here from where I live - yes, it has all of the shops I could ever want in one area, but despite the constant buses, its just too far away. All of the shops can be found in the city centre - and while they will require walking between (Shock, Horror!!) you would probibly be quicker than heading all the way down to Ocean Terminal.
Naturally, shopping centres never offer anything unique. Here, the usual brand names and popular business are scattered around with no particular focus on a personal and inviting layout.
However, Ocean Terminal sits alongside the very edge of Leith Docks and looks out onto the Royal yacht. Its isolation from the centre of Edinburgh and pleasant views offer a recommendable city break.
Sometimes it's a good idea to jump on the bus, head to Ocean Terminal, mooch around the shops and have a coffee looking out onto the docks and for this I thank Ocean Terminal.
I think the 3 star sort of summarises this shopping centre/food court/tourist attraction. It's pretty average.
They have some brilliant shops down here - Topshop, French Connection and Warehouse, but the whole place just feels so sad. There is no atmosphere and there is no sense of enjoyment. On paper, Ocean Terminal should be a tourist paradise and attract heaps of Edinburgh locals but in reality it just isn't doing it!! They have a VUE cinema here which is brilliant, I've been a few times because it's always really quiet and there's free parking (woohoo!) so it's a winner all round. The food courts aren't brilliant, there is a nice view of the docks from some of them, but I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to come here.
Saying that, the John Lewis and other shops are worth visiting if you have a purpose. As I said, the free parking is its main selling point!
Due to the fact that Ocean Terminal is located on Ocean Drive, I automatically get the Lighthouse Family song of the same name stuck in my head whenever I think about it. Rather amusing.
This is a really nice shopping centre, it's bright and airy and if you pop in during the week it's usually quite quiet so nice and relaxing to walk about and not as hectic as some shopping centres. It's located right next to the Royal Yacht Britannia so if you're into boats you can have a wee look at it while you're shopping.
Ocean Terminal hosts some pretty good shops such as Debenhams, Topshop, Korres, Imported Music, Dorothy Perkins and many more, not forgetting the fabulous Baxters store where I could easily spend hours. There are also various cafes including a Zizzi's and there's even a Vue cinema!
It's a little bit sad to see quite a few empty shells where thriving shops should be and it feels like there's a lot missing from Ocean Terminal to make it an amazing shopping centre but I'm still giving it four stars as I really like the chilled out atmosphere it has.
"Ocean" Terminal is an incredibly optimistic name, but I suppose the more honest version of "River Terminal" doesn't quite have the same buzz or glamour about it.
It's ironic then that buzz and lack of glamour are two of the most notable aspects of the shopping experience down here. It's a grand idea, a shopping centre in an area that's out of town yet not in the middle of a field like The Gyle or Silverburn, but somehow many of the shops are empty, and despite it's size and the presence of restaurants and a cinema, it feels eerily quiet and stagnant.
Beats wrestling through swarms of screeching Spanish tourists on Prince's Street though, so it gets a thumbs up from me.
Split over three floors, Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal shopping centre is pretty large with, about 70 shops, making it a good alternative if the hustle and bustle of Princes Street sounds like your worst nightmare.
The centre is pretty well kept, clean and bright, which is really important for a good shopping centre I always think. Loads of your high street faves are in here, including Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse and French Connection to name a few.
It is, like others said, a bit out of the way unless you live more locally, but well worth a visit if you have a car, in order to see the stunning Royal Yacht Britannia located nearby.
This place has the obvious advantage over Princes street of being indoors. There's nothing worse than struggling along Princes Street from shop to shop with horizontal sleet pelting in your face!
But aside from that, Princes Street is way better. Mainly because Ocean Terminal lacks any character or soul - it's just yet another purpose-built shopping centre full of chain shops, and when you're in it you could be anywhere in europe. I much prefer the backdrop of Princes Street gardens and the sound of the bagpipe buskers.
A fairly nice shopping centre thats got a good selection of shops as well as a few restaurants and a cinema. There appears to have been a bmx/skate park opened up on the top floor which you can hear in some of the shops below.
Plenty of free parking.
This is the newest shopping centre in Edinburgh.
It is in Leith with is up and coming to the a mount of property development.
It offer general stress free everything is under one roof. There is a good range of shop that covers brand name products as well as less well known, It also is the home of the 2nd of the Vue cinemas.
I enjoy shopping here it is peace full here.
ok some people may find ocean terminal getting a bit run down or lacking in shops, but to be honest i still love this place. i became a fan when i moved in the flats that are literally across the street from this place about 5 years ago. i've long since left that flat but i've not left the leith area and a huge part of that is due to the convenience of having a large shopping centre right nearby.
i did get a bit frustrated with ocean terminal a few years back when the shops were lacking, but with opening an H&M, a bunch of new restaurants, and a 24 hour gym my love for this place held strong. some stores could still use a revamp (i'm looking at you pure spa, dororthy perkins, and new look) but i can still pretty much always find what i need when i'm here. the Marks & Spencers simply food is pretty much the only market i frequent, much to the dismay of my wallet but it's super handy being right there when i go to the gym. also with all the healthy options and superior fruit and veg it's hard to find a reason not to shop there.
so maybe not the most amazing shopping centre in the UK, but ocean terminal certainly makes me happy. they have all the shops i need, a pharmacy, a gym, a cinema, a spa, and some place to get my dinner. what more could i really ask for?
Any ex-patriot returning to Edinburgh would be astounded to see how much the city landscape has changed recently. But nowhere is this more obvious than the former port of Leith, with the ultra-modern Ocean Terminal complex the jewel in its crown.
The area once boasted extensive docklands, and pubs regarded as off-limits to most 'landlubbers'. But now there are regeneration programmes underway, with land that once languished on the estuary's muddy shores now reclaimed for modern flats.
Ocean terminal shopping centre is a shining example of the city's ambition to re-invigorate a rundown area with something for the whole community. There are multi-storey car parks at either end of the shopping complex, and an overspill car park on vacant ground in front (all free).
Inside, the complex boasts retail units (including Debenhams, Gap, French Connection, Marks and Spencers, the Bear Factory and X-ile), exhibition areas, a gym (where you can watch sparring boxers through the window), restaurants, cafes, a multi-screen cinema (The Vue), as well an indoor climbing frame set out like ship's rigging, Molly's soft play centre for kids bored with being trailed around the shops, banks, acupuncture and massage centres, and a flight simulator. Ocean Terminal is also where the Royal yacht Britannia is bearthed - so why not follow in the footsteps of Presidents and other royalty and book yourself a tour?
In other words, something for everyone.
Not a fan of this one . because .
1. it's a pain to get to - takes ages on the bus and the walk is really long.
2. it seems so empty - there is alot of strange shops that I would not go in , there is some normal shops .
3. ghost mail - #i have never seen this place busy at all.
one to avoid, it's a nice building don't get me wrong i just think so much more could of been done . on a plus side there is a cinema and restaurant.
I dont agree with the comment 2 posts before on the fact that OT is fairly normally busy. It has a skatepark on 2nd floor and has lots of fun shops as well as the usual ones.
Surely the best shopping centre around though for adults and kids. Many restaurants and cafes as well as the cinemas and the royal yaght Britannia which is a major scottish attraction.
The Ocean Terminal is located, as the name would suggest, near the sea. It's ten minutes drive from the World Famous Princes Street in North Edinburgh. Follow the signposts from the Motorways or Edinburgh by-pass to HMS Britannia. It's about 10 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley Station and 30 mins drive from Edinburgh Airport.
Possibly the biggest attraction for the whole family is in fact HMS Britannia, I went on recommendation from a friend, and it is a nice place to go through.
I really like Ocean Terminal and have been coming for years since it first opened. It has taken a long time to really fill up and become busy but I think that most of the units are now occupied (still a few empty ones). There is quite a good mix of places - the Debenhams is the biggest and pretty much what you would expect. They also have a number of other shops you can find anywhere in Edinburgh, HMV, GAME, Waterstones, Gap, New Look, Lush. There are then a number of other shops I haven't really seen else where in area - Fat Face, French Connection, Linge Rose, Pure Spa, Fat Foot Day.
I particularly like it because while it is a lot busier now than when it opened - it isn't that busy and you can happily shop without getting stressed out and annoyed by the crowds.
there are also lots of cafes and restaurants to eat at. The Cinema is a good addition too. Parking is free - a bonus in Ed!
If you are staying in central Edinburgh I am not sure it is worth coming out to OT just for shops, but if you are coming for the Britannia then make some time to have a little wander!
Great for indoor shopping good selection of shops although they lack in thinks such as a stationers and there isn't really very many children's shops either.
On the plus side it's spacious relaxed and peaceful with loads of free parking.
Ocean Terminal is a great shopping centre and one which other centres should take note of. It's easily accessible by a number of buses from town (especially the number 22) and has a huge amount of parking if you want to drive. It's based down in the Shore area of Leith and includes a visitor centre for the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The centre is airy and light and built over three stories. The main stores in the building are BHS and Debenhams at opposite ends from each other, with the likes of Gap, New Look, Boots, Top Shop, Schuh and La Senza inbetween.
Where the centre really does excel in comparison to others is in the choice of food they have to offer. The food court is a beautiful area, with huge floor to ceiling windows looking out across the yacht and the water. There is even decking outside for the summer months if you prefer to eat out there. There are a number of restaurants within the food court and away, all of which serve up a decent selection of food.
Finally, on the top floor of the centre there is a Vue cinema, which always seems to be surprisingly quiet (so a good place to see new releases) and a skate boarding park (if that's your thing!)
I stayed near Ocean Terminal on a recent visit to Edinburgh. The first night we wandered over to investigate the shopping centre.
It's a good place to spend an evening, with shops, restaurants and a cinema. We arrived at around 7pm but unfortunately all the shops were closed. It was pretty quite and seemed a little deserted. It seems a pretty good place but could benefit from having later opening hours and more restaurants. There were some good places to eat including Zizi & Potters but more choice would be a good thing. Especially with it's location being out of town, I wouldn't make a special trip here unless I was staying close by.
Shopping in Edinburgh can be stressful, what with most of the trade being done on Princes Street and the busier parts of the Old Town.
Enter Ocean Terminal. This retail centre tucks everything under one roof, is easy to reach and provides free parking. All the high street names are present & correct and there's the obligatory cinema too, courtesy of Vue.
This is a weakness as much as a strength though- complexes like this often feel like they are missing soul and character, and OT struggles to be any different.
There are occasional pieces of sanitised art scattered around to remind you of OT's role in regenerating Leith, and the roots of the area: a golden anchor under an escalator for example. However, there is still a shortage of personality here. Still, 'personality' probably doesn't mean much when you're being buffeted along by the militant shoppers on Princes Street, the land of heehaw space and parking.
OT is the smart alternative on a Saturday afternoon.
Ocean Terminal is a shopping centre and tourist attraction situated in Leith, which is in the north of Edinburgh.
The main attraction for tourists here is the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is berthed here. There is also a cruise ship terminal nearby and its lovely in summertime to see the ships arriving and departing and mingling with the tourists onboard.
There are two main car parks at Ocean Terminal, the red and the blue. The anchor stores here are BHS and Debenhams and I have to say I highly recommend the Debenhams store and I tend to use this branch far more than the large one on Princes Street.
Other stores within Ocean Terminal include Jane Norman, New Look, Gap, Top Shop, HMV, Au Naturale and a Marks & Spencer Simply Food.
Dining is great here too - there are several choices, including Zizzi for pasta and pizza, Potters Grill, Costa Coffee and Baxters Forthview Restaurant. To be able to dine and look out at Britannia and over to Fife is lovely.
There is also a childrens soft play facility called Molly's within the centre. You have to stay with your children at Molly's but you can sit down with a coffee and a newspaper and relax while they let some steam off!
There is also a Vue Cinema within Ocean Terminal so its a great place to head for entertainment as well as shopping.
Parking is free here and the shops are open until 8pm during the week.
Ocean terminal centre is in Leith just outside Ednburgh. There are regular hgh street stores including gap, French connection, topshop and marks and spencer. It is very easy to wander around and feels very laid back.
There is a cinema on the top floor and some nice cafes and resturants. Outside there on the watersde there are some lovely views and its a great place to unwind and enjoy a drink. A very good place for families to spend a relaxing day and very well served by localbuses etc from Edinburgh city centre.
You're typical mall, with typical mall stuff. The movie theater, Vue isn't that great, I felt like the sound was not surround. And the screen is small. What a stinky experience for Harry Potter. But other than that, it's a decent place to chill out from the rain.
Nice restaurant in Leith, lovely food and if you are lucky enough with the weather, a beaut to have your food on their veranda and watch boy boat racers!
Must say Edinburghs biggest and best shopping centre. It has everything, cinemas and a boat to look around.
I've never been the biggest enthusiast when it comes to shopping centres. Something about them grates me after a while, in a way that wandering round town doesn't. I think it might be the clammy experience of being confined inside a building where there are usually too many people, and where the glare of dodgy lighting schemes tends to cause shopping edginess and paranoia. Or maybe I'm just a bit of a fussy shopping diva.
Ocean Terminal, thankfully, has been designed in a way that makes you feel comfortable with browsing for extended periods of time...well, at least for about two hours. Back when I was a young sprite, working for a well-known coffee company where I got to wear a green apron and eat muffins all day, I was moved up to Ocean Terminal to work at the centre when it first opened. At the time, hardly any of the units had been filled, so you would only really have made the effort to get there if you wanted to go to the Vue cinema, or eat at Zizzi or one of the other restaurants, which do have nice views out to the sea. The selection of shops at Ocean Terminal has now massively improved, with a big Debenhams and several High Street fashion outlets, including Topshop, Faith, Joy, Gap and New Look. The main advantages of Ocean T are the fact you can park for free, it's light and spacious, so there's little chance of shopping cabin fever, and it's open until 8pm, Monday - Friday, brilliant if you can't fit normal weekday shopping hours into your schedule.
It's a shopping mall. I hate shopping malls. So why do I go to this one? Because of the cinema, because of the views from the cafes' windows and because... no that's pretty much it. The Vue cinema is a good one and offers cheap deals on a Tuesday night. And the view of the Firth of Forth from Tiki's Cafe beat anything you can see from Harvey Nicks Forth Floor.
A decent mall with the hilight of visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. well worth a visit.
A fantastic shopping mall. Feels very spacious as it is open all the way to the top. All your fave stores under one roof & lots of coffee stops to. You can take in a movie have a massage, visit the spa and lots more besides. Well worth a visit and why not visit the former Royal Yaught Brittania whilst you're there
Edinburgh doesn't really have a big city centre shopping mall. You have to get a bus through Leith but if you won't mind travelling when you get there there's quite a lot on offer: loads of shops, a cinema I would like a few cheaper places to eat, but I guess the fact it feels a bit more up market is nice. Oh, big bonus if you drive: parking is free!
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