20 Things To Do In Stockbridge – A Hidden Gem

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Cobbled streets, early 19th-century architecture with crawling plants and a well-loved high street, Stockbridge is a lesser-known small neighbourhood of Edinburgh with a lot packed in. This guide focuses on the best things to do in Stockbridge and neighbouring Dean Village which is a mere 15-minute walk away. 

You could easily spend a Saturday here shopping, eating and walking it off with your camera in hand. 

Are you a tourist visiting Edinburgh for the second time or Scot looking for something more than the Grassmarket or George Street? Stockbridge might just be the answer. 

I personally find Stockbridge the city’s most romantic area. 

It still retains the city’s New Town historic charm with a hint of hip in its coffee culture and a touch of nature with the Water of Leith running through it. 

Here’s what to do in Stockbridge and a map to help you get your bearings.


→ Don’t miss our guide to Stockbridge and Dean Village


Stockbridge Map

Fun Things to Do in Stockbridge

  • Snap Edinburgh’s most famous Instagram spot Circus Lane (mews)
  • See St Stephens Church designed by William Playfair in 1828
  • Enjoy cake at Lovecrumbs or brunch at The Pantry (cafes guide)
  • Fill your hole at Bross Bagels
  • Get a shot of the historic Stockbridge Market arch
St Stephens Church Stockbridge in Edinburgh
Stockbridge Market Sign Stockbridge Edinburgh
  • Buy hip glasses at IOLLA, take along your prescription
  • Gorge on expensive cheese at IJ Mellis Cheesemongers
  • Second-hand shop ‘til you drop at charity shops
  • Take out an ice-cream, coffee or Swedish cake at Söderberg
  • Pick up some fresh fruit and veg at Tariq’s shop
  • Enjoy a drink in the sun at The Raeburn beer garden (pub guide)
  • Buy groceries at the Stockbridge Market on Sundays

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Tariqs fruit and veg shop Stockbridge_
  • Admire the private home known as the Potted Garden (Circus Place)
  • Find your future lottery win house at Dean Park Mews
  • Watch out for the cherry blossom trees if visiting in spring
  • Check the time at the historic clock at 1 Deanhaugh Street
  • Poop yer pants at the Antony Gormley statue in the Water of Leith
  • Climb The Dene which oozes Hogwarts (Potter fans, read this!)
  • Listen to the free Water of Leith audio trail
  • Visit St Bernard’s Well, say hello to Hygeia, strain to see the ceiling
  • Walk along the Water of Leith to Dean Village

Read next | What to do at Dean Village.
You won’t believe this place exists!


The Potted Garden Stockbridge in Edinburgh_
Stockbridge Sign_

Learn more about Stockbridge in this short video about the area.


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