Way too often, when people are visiting Edinburgh they focus on the old town of this historic city with the majestic castle and the famous Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh!), missing a window of opportunity to explore the newest part, including the beautiful Dean Village and Stockbridge. I have written an Edinburgh city guide before, but did the exact same mistake having the old town as my focal point, omitting the elegant Georgian and Victorian parts of new town. Not today though! New Town Edinburgh Travel Guide
Hotels.com* asked me to write an Edinburgh city guide with all the parts that, I feel, people should know about prior to visiting the city and booking their hotels in Edinburgh, so today I am dedicating this guide to the area northern of Edinburgh’s city centre, starting my virtual tour from the gorgeous St. Andrews Square.
Once emerging outside Edinburgh Waverley railway station you are struck by the panoramic view that greets you. Historic buildings that have lasted through the centuries stand tall and proud and Calton Hill monuments, visibly seen by Princess Street, are a reminder of the many reasons Edinburgh was once known as the ‘Athens of the North’. Walk north towards St. Andrews Square for some food; during summer there are food stalls scattered around the square but in winter time Dishoom in the corner will do! Head west towards George Street, the city’s most stylish High Street for shopping. Here you’ll find all your favourite brands, from Anthropologie to Lululemon and Penhaligon’s, you’ll find it all.
The famous facade of The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s George Street. Look at the these sash windows!
Head down Frederick Street past the private Queen’s Street Gardens towards Leo’s Beanery at Howes Street and have a pit stop for some tea, (their ginger & lemongrass flavour is soothing and just what needed on a cold Monday morning), or some carrot and coriander soup as I did!
From here, you are just minutes away from some of the most Instagrammable locations of Edinburgh’s New Town, such as Circus Place and the Stockbridge Market entrance archway on St. Stephen’s Street. New Town Edinburgh Travel Guide
Circus Place Mews, possibly the prettiest Mews in Scotland!
Once you reach Stockbridge, have a wander around the shops, here you can find artisan bread, handmade and crafted goods, and family owned restaurants like Taisteal, one of the top restaurants the city has to offer to the visitors and locals! There is also an abundance of charity shops with crafts and vintage tea sets so unique that even Mr. Gruber would desire them in his antique shop in London.
If you happen to visit during the weekend, make sure not to miss the Stockbridge Market on Sunday afternoons (10am – 5pm). Get the paella, you’ll love it!
Artisan cheese, homemade bread and Portuguese Pastel de Nata are just a few of the delicacies one can find in the traditional I.J.Mellis store in Stockbridge.
Follow the whimsically adorable pathway along the Water of Leith that snakes its way through Dean Village. Even though it’s a short, 15′ walk on foot, it has so much peace and tranquillity to offer. Once you reach the cobblestone bridge you come upon an exquisite view of 19th century terrace houses that will forever stay with you! New Town Edinburgh Travel Guide
Pretty spectacular, isn’t it? New Town Edinburgh Travel Guide
Edinburgh’s New Town is one of the off-the-usual-tourist-track locations that only the locals used to hang around up until a decade ago. Thanks to visual social media like Instagram and Pinterest the location now attracts more and more visitors everyday. If you are to visit Edinburgh anytime soon please give it a go. It’s totally worth! New Town Edinburgh Travel Guide
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