Leith and Stockbridge are two vibrant neighbourhoods, with multi-cultural scenes and a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Both Leith and Stockbridge offer a strong feel of a community, a buy-local spirit, and a wonderful, eclectic vibe, and are perhaps one of the most popular areas in Edinburgh.
To walk from Leith to Stockbridge can take about an hour, however, by stopping to explore the areas can transform a simple walk on a lovely day trip to discover the city.
Mimi’s Bakehouse – The Biscuit Factory – Royal Botanic Gardens – Stockbridge Market
Start with a coffee in Mimi’s Bakehouse at the Shore and head towards The Biscuit Factory in Anderson Place, just off Bonnington Road. Explore and discover Scottish artists and Scottish products before heading off to The Royal Botanic Gardens. From there, head to Stockbridge – to experience one of the loveliest neighbourhoods in Edinburgh.
One of the areas I absolutely love in Edinburgh is Leith- an eclectic place located to the north of the city, on the coast of the Firth of Forth. This neighbourhood is a vibrant, multi-cultural place with independent shops, a focus on community and buy-local.
The Shore offers a stunning experience with amazing seafood restaurants and lively pubs. The Water of Leith path is used to cycle or walk to the city centre and beyond – to Balerno, running for about 12 miles.
Leith is home of The Royal Yacht Britannia, Tom Kitchin’s Michelin-starred restaurant “The Kitchin”, cool cafes, independent breweries, and distilleries, the “Out of the Blue Drill Hall”- a centre of creativity and a variety of restaurants.
Plan the day
Leith is also home to one of Mimi’s Bakehouse shops- a beautiful stop for a coffee and a cake.
It can be an ideal start for the day.
Not far from Mimi’s Bakehouse is The Biscuit Factory – an arts & fashion hub housed in the former Crawford’s biscuit factory in Anderson Place, just off Bonnington Road. It is an ideal place to explore and discover Scottish artists and local product.
Situated in the North of Edinburgh, and bordered by Comley Bank and the New Town, Stockbridge is a must visit neighbourhood. The local shops and the importance this community puts on buy-local brings such a good, positive vibe to us- locals and visitors.
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Only minutes away from the heart of this neighbourhood is the beautiful Inverlieth Park and The Royal Botanic Gardens. The Dean Village is also a must see. And if it’s Sunday, the Stockbridge Sunday Market is an attraction for both locals and tourists, and a place to stop if you want to live like the locals.
For those looking for yoga or Pilates classes near Stockbridge, there are some really nice studios, and I am covering a few of them in a previous post.
Hope this inspires you to visit one of these two neighbourhoods and support our community.