Things to Do in Stockbridge, Edinburgh's Urban Village
Visiting Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Leading on from the Dean village along the Water of Leith, Stockbridge is one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh. Once just a small village, Stockbridge became engulfed as part of the city as Edinburgh grew, but retained its homely village feel. With boutiques and independent coffee shops, it's a great way to find some new artists. Enjoy people watching sitting cosy in the window of one of the many independent coffee shops. With just a short walk to Inverleith gardens and Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge has a lot of local connections to the wider city.
My most loved part of Stockbridge is Circus Lane. Easily missed, and definitely a best kept secret, Circus Lane has no shops, but instead Instagram envious houses and beautiful blooms lining the cobbled street. Hidden directly across from St. Stephens Church, the best view is walking half way down the street and looking back to see the church steeple poking between the mews houses. Needless to say, these are definitely on my dream home list!
One of my favourite things about Stockbridge is taking a walk through the Dean Village arriving on market day. Held come rain or shine, the market is only small, but is home to lots of local artists and produce. Check out Edinburgh's Harajuku Kitchen stall here on the market for noodles and dumplings. Treat yourself to a banana and Nutella crepe for dessert, or take a walk to Coco an independent chocolate maker for something truly decadent.
If the food on the market doesn't take your fancy, head further into the village to browse the delights of I J Mellis, bringing you all kinds of cheesy delights. Can you really beat a classic cheese toastie? Or take a look into one of the independent cafes and restaurants. Or perhaps a traditional pub is more to your liking!
Shopping in Stockbridge
Shopping in Stockbridge you're spoilt for choice. Head off down the side streets towards where the old meat market was held to find vintage and boutique sellers. Or along the main street you'll find a multitude of charity shops, from Shelter to British Heart Foundation, and my personal favourite, Mary Portas Living and Giving Shop, there are lots of hidden gems to be discovered.
If you've got any spare time in Edinburgh, Stockbridge is definitely worth a visit. A place that's perfectly quiet, yet still a hub of activity all at the same time. It should absolutely be on your visiting list for enjoying a quiet afternoon away from city life.