If you are a regular reader of EditsOfJo then it will no surprise to you that Stockbridge is one of my favourite places to visit in Edinburgh. I love how close it is to the centre of Edinburgh yet feels quite removed with the sleepy Dean Village and the Water of Leith. It has some really gorgeous boutiques and some great cafes that are hugely affordable and serve good coffee and food. Not only this, there are a great number of things to do here that it is easy to lose yourself in this part of the city for a day.
HOW TO GET THERE
Get the train to Edinburgh’s Haymarket or Waverley stations, depending on where you want to start. It is a short walk from both stations – Stockbridge is towards the north west of the city centre.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE
EXPLORE THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART
The Gallery is set across two buildings – Gallery 1 and Gallery 2. Gallery 2 is free and is one of my favourite galleries to explore in Edinburgh, along with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which is in Queen’s Street. The artwork is contemporary and on my last visit in May, there were a number of film installations which were really thought-provoking. There was also an exhibition of Jenny Saville’s artwork which was brilliant, if slightly distressing. The Gallery also has a lovely cafe, which serves delicious cakes and tea.
TALK A WALK THROUGH DEAN VILLAGE
Dean Village is one of the sleepiest areas in Edinburgh and is architecturally stunning. It is really quite different from the grey-toned building of Edinburgh New Town and feels as though you are stepping back into another time. Although it’s one of the most photographed places in Edinburgh, it usually isn’t too busy – probably due to the fact it’s tucked away along the Water of Leith.
VISIT THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED LANE IN EDINBURGH
Circus Lane is one of the prettiest lanes I’ve ever walked along – a great place to crack the camera out if you’re into photography. There isn’t anything especially to do here but it makes for a gorgeous walk – have a look at the beautifully maintained front gardens and get a snap of the lane with the stunning old church in the background.
MARVEL AT EDINBURGH BOTANICAL GARDENS
You can’t beat a visit to Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, particularly this time of year when everything is in full bloom. It’s completely free to visit (minus the Glass House) and there is a lovely cafe where you can stop for a piece of cake and a coffee. Definitely worth a visit!
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN STOCKBRIDGE
Stockbridge has so many lovely cafe’s to choose from that you can’t really go wrong. For me however, my top picks would be Patisserie Florentin, Lovecrumbs and Söderberg. In terms of brunch both The Pantry and Leo’s Beanery are fantastic – if you’re heading to The Pantry be sure to get there before 11 if you’d like a cooked breakfast!
In terms of places to get a drink, I would recommend the Stockbridge Tap – they also do really good burgers. It has a really nice cosy vibe and they specialise in craft-cask style beer which is right up our street.
If you’re going out for dinner then you have to try the Scran and Scallie – Tom Kitchin’s gastro pub. I can highly recommend the fish pie and also the cheesecake which were both delicious. Generous portions and hugely tasty!
Have you been to Stockbridge? Where are your top recommendations?