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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.
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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
- 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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- 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
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You won’t believe this place exists!
Learn more about Stockbridge in this short video about the area.
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