Edinburgh neighbourhoods: Eating, drinking and shopping with the locals

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Shh, don’t tell anyone, but we’re going to reveal our favourite locals’ hangouts in Edinburgh’s coolest areas.

Broughton Street

Running north of Leith Walk in Edinburgh’s East End, Broughton Street is chock-full of bars, indie stores and eateries. Life Story, on the corner of London Street, is the place to kit out your pad with chic stationery, Scandinavian homewares and eye-catching screenprints.

Next door, you can slurp seafood broth or delve into a Sunday roast in gastropub The Ox. Or how about a round-the-world beer tour at basement bar Beer & Skittles on Picardy Place, which pours 100 different brews?

Leith seafood dining

Michelin stars have replaced seedy sailors’ bars in Edinburgh’s historic port, and Restaurant Martin Wishart has held onto its star every year since 2001. Tandoori-spiced scallops and smoked eel tempt your taste buds in the six-course fish tasting menu.

More casual, and going strong for two decades, compact seafood bistro Fishers serves Peterhead haddock with goat cheese chips and bowlfuls of steamed Shetland mussels. On weekdays between noon and 6pm, you can order from a two- or three-course set menu.

Shopping and eating in Stockbridge

On the northern fringes of the New Town, dapper gents stock up on slick Mackintosh raincoats, chunky Fair Isle jumpers and Makkum Tichelaar crockery at Dick’s Edinburgh. One door away at the Pantry, you can be creative with your breakfast order, adding haggis (spicy, minced sheep’s lungs, heart and liver with oatmeal) and tattie (potato) scones to your fry-up.

For lunch, you might chomp belly-warming steak pie at The Scran and Scallie. Founded by Michelin-starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, the gastropub draws stylish locals with its Scandinavian-Scottish decor.

West End Edinburgh

Five minutes’ walk from the west end of Princes Street, cobbled William Street is lined with fashion shops, eating spots and pubs. Goldsmith Liam Ross creates bespoke jewellery, including Celtic-inspired kilt pins and cufflinks, while Sam Brown sells women’s clothing brands you won’t find on the high street.

If you need refuelling, Laura’s Kitchen whips up hearty soups, paninis and homemade muffins. Wash down your meal with a pint of real ale in traditional watering hole Bert’s Bar.

For more information on things to do and places to stay in Edinburgh, visit our destination guide.

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