Looking east along St Stephen Street in Stockbridge
Stockbridge and Canonmills are two adjacent districts of Edinburgh. They cover the area immediately to the north of the New Town. The main tourist draw here is the Royal Botanic Garden, but don't miss the eclectic variety of independent shops and some great places to eat and drink. It's also the place to see International cricket matches.
Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row (East Gate) / Arboretum Place (West Gate). (signposted from all around the area), ☎ 0131 552 7171 (fax: 0131 248 2901), . Open daily from 10AM (except 25 Dec and 1 Jan) Closing: 4PM Nov-Feb, 6PM Mar, 7PM Apr-Sep, 6PM Oct. Glasshouses close: 3:30PM Nov-Feb, 5PM Mar-Oct. Very impressive gardens with a collection of interesting plants. Great place to wander around on a sunny day, or to sit and have a picnic. Highlights include the Rock Garden; the 165m long herbaceous border, backed by a huge, century old beech hedge (a hedge may not sound too exciting but this one has to be seen to be believed!); and the Victorian Temperate Palm House, which is the tallest of its kind in the UK. The stunning new John Hope Gateway building at the west gate opened in October 2009 and contains the new restaurant and shop, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions.Free entry to the gardens, entry to glasshouses £3.50 adults, £3 concessions, £1 children. edit
6 Times a new (June 2010) work by world-renowned artist Antony Gormley. Six life-sized human figures have been installed in and along the Water of Leith, between the National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea at Leith Docks.
Patriothall Gallery, WASPS, 1D Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, EH3 5AY . Small art gallery and set of artists studios located behind the Scotmid CO-OP supermarket in Hamilton Place. Has regular exhibitions of modern art, and very occasionally the artist's studios are open.
St Bernard's Well. On the Water of Leith Walkway, roughly opposite Ann Street. A well in a fine building from 1789. Open 12.00 - 15.00 on Sundays in August and first Sunday of month April - July.
Walk or cycle along the Water of Leith Walkway (but be considerate and aware of the many runners and joggers who use the walkway each day). The route follows the river right through the City from the suburb of Balerno, on the edge of the Pentland Hills, to the sea at Leith. The walkway is indicated by brown direction signs featuring a water wheel logo. The section from the Gallery of Modern Art through the Dean Village and Stockbridge to Canonmills is probably the most picturesque on the whole river. There are Brown Trout plus a dozen other species of fish in the river and birds including the Grey Heron, Goosander, Dipper and Kingfisher can be seen along the banks.
Fishing (Angling) on the Water of Leith. Permits are required, and can be obtained free of charge from the City Council offices at Waverley Market in the New Town and Cockburn Street in the Old Town. Most Fishing Tackle shops throughout the city can also provide permits.
Take in a Cricket Match at The Grange, Raeburn Place, home of the Saltires, Scotland's cricket team.
The home of the UK Prime Minister? No, just the door of a typical Georgian townhouse in the New Town
St Stephen Street
Take a pleasant walk along St.Stephens Street(EH3 5AL) with numerous small independent art galleries and design orientated stores you are bound to find something of interest in this small street. Some of these stores include the Crystal Chandelier Company (36 St Stephens Street, +44 131 226 6355) this store offers an interesting range of chandeliers and mirrors, Chandlers (68 St Stephens Street, +44 131 220 5472)which sells a large variety of modern, designer kitchenware and homeware, and The Laurel Gallery (41 St. Stephens Street, +44 131 226 5022)this store offers high quality pieces of Scottish art, jewellery and gifts at reasonable prices although small it is well worth having a look around. Also in this street there a number of eateries including the Stockbridge Restaurant and Sprio Deli & Cafe.
Stockbridge is well-known throughout Edinburgh and beyond for its second-hand clothes shops, which are spread along Raeburn Place and St Stephen Street. Both Stockbridge and Canonmills have a number of specialist food shops.
IJ Mellis (Cheesemonger), 6 Baker Place, Stockbridge (A few yards up the hill to the south of the bridge), ☎ 0131 225 6566 (email@example.com), . Cheese paradise! If you like cheese at all you will struggle to walk past this place as the aroma will draw you right in through the door. Specialist cheesemonger with a range of artisan cheeses from all over Scotland, the UK and Europe. With the greatest customer service in Edinburgh, the friendly staff are always more than happy to offer you a wee taste to help you make up your mind what to buy.edit
Edina Lock & Key Co. Ltd. (Ironmonger & Locksmith), 10-12 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, EH3 5EA (at the foot of Dundas St.), ☎ shop: 0131 556 1567; websales: 0131 623 5577 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 0131 557 5433), . 9:30am-5:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, early closing 1pm Wed. If you like the brass door furniture you've seen on the traditional townhouses in the New Town, this is the place to pick up the knobs, knockers, numbers and letter-boxes you need to make your own front door look just the same. A real treasure-trove of a shop.edit
Sheila Fleet (designer jewellery), 18 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 225 5939, . The well-known jewellery designer's first shop outside of her native Orkney. Fleet says that her original designs reflect the natural world around her in Orkney, and also the history and folklore of the islands.edit
VoxBox Music (New and used record and CD shop), 21 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 629 6775 (email@example.com), . Edinburgh's newest independent record shop. They sell a range of collectible records. Mainly used vinyl but also some new CDs and box sets. edit
The Gramophone Emporium (Purveyors of vintage Gramophones and 78rpm discs), 12 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 225 1203 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . They stock an extensive range of rare classical/ operatic/ orchestral/ jazz/ dance band and personality 78 rpm records. And gramophones of course. edit
Charity second hand shops in Raeburn Place, Stockbridge. Most of these stock the usual mix of clothes, books and household items, but there are three specialist shops: Oxfam Books, Shelter Books and Oxfam Music. These shops usually have a paid manager, with the other staff being volunteers, and the profits go to the named charity. Most of the stuff for sale has been donated.
Supermarkets: From East to West (and also from cheaper to expensive): Tesco, 7 Broughton Road, Cannomills EH7 4EW; Scotmid Co-op, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge; Scotmid Co-op, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge; Waitrose, 38 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge.
Dionika (Spanish Deli and Restaurant), 3-6 Canonmills Bridge, Canonmills, ☎ 0131 652 3993 (email@example.com), . Dionika's owner is a Galician who used to work as an exporter, sending Scottish fish and seafood to Spain. He says he decided to set up Dionika after becoming frustrated at the lack of places to eat this quality seafood in Scotland itself. Seafood is a speciality, but Dionika serves a good variety of Spanish-inspired dishes, generally using local ingredients. Also has a deli section and fish counter.edit
The Bailie, 2-4 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 225 4673. Could just as easily feature in the "drink" section, as this is a lovely old traditional basement pub, known as much for the quality of its ale as for its food. Fairly traditional pub menu, but while the quality is well above standard "pub-grub" fare, the prices are not. Popular Sunday afternoon meeting spot for groups of friends to dissect what went on the night before in comfortable surroundings.edit
Buffalo Grill, 1 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 332 3864, . Simply excellent steaks. I think they sell dishes other than steak but really why would you want to know that? BYOB license so pick up a bottle of wine from one of the local off-licenses on the way here.edit
Rafaels, 2 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge (Next to the bridge), ☎ 0131 332 1469. Cosy Stockbridge basement restaurant. Chef/proprietor Rafael hails from Andalucia, so the menu has a strong Spanish influence, but draws on various other European cuisines, so don't expect to see a list of Tapas Bar standards. Friendly, attentive service and a spanish guitar soundtrack. You won't want to leave.edit
The Far Pavilions, 10-12 Craigleith Road (West of Stockbridge in the Comely Bank area), ☎ 0131 332 3362, . Local Indian restaurant with an excellent reputationedit
The Stockbridge Tap (formerly Berts Bar), 2-4 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 332 6345, . Traditional Edinburgh bar in the heart of Stockbridge. Good range of ales and whiskies, and some good value pub-grub on offer too. Popular place to watch sport on screen, though the management tend not to show football.edit
There are a number of small and medium sized hotels and guest houses throughout the area.
The Inverleith Hotel, 5 Inverleith Terrace, Canonmills, ☎ 0131 556 2745 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 0131 557 0433), . The closest hotel to the Botanic Garden. All rooms have an en-suite and there is wifi access. The proprietors also have a self-catering apartment round the corner.edit
Six Mary's Place, 6 Mary's Place, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, ☎ 0131 332 8965 (fax: 0131 624 7060), . Charming veggie-friendly 3-star B&B in the heart of Stockbridge. 8 bedrooms, guest lounge and a private garden for the use of guests.edit
Brig O' Doon Guest House (Brig O Doon Guest House), 262 Ferry Road, ☎ 0131 5523953 (email@example.com), . A small, friendly bed and breakfast providing very comfortable accommodation in Edinburgh, its close to the main attractions and serves a traditional Scottish breakfast daily.edit
Canon Court Apartments (Serviced Apartments Edinburgh), 20 Canonmills, ☎ 0131-554-2721 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 0131-554-0864), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Offers a wide range or 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for short term lettings in Edinburgh. Located only a short 20 minute walk from Princes Street. edit
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