Kate’s Leith guidebook

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Kate’s Leith guidebook

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As far as iconic areas go, they don’t come more legendary than Leith. A wholesale regeneration hasn’t robbed Leith of its earthy qualities. Enjoy the delights from curio shops to a diverse range of cafés, restaurants and bars. Edinburgh’s exciting new waterfront development and boasting the award-winning Royal Yacht Britannia. Discover the shops, restaurants and galleries in the popular shore area of Leith - one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe.
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Leith
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As far as iconic areas go, they don’t come more legendary than Leith. A wholesale regeneration hasn’t robbed Leith of its earthy qualities. Enjoy the delights from curio shops to a diverse range of cafés, restaurants and bars. Edinburgh’s exciting new waterfront development and boasting the award-winning Royal Yacht Britannia. Discover the shops, restaurants and galleries in the popular shore area of Leith - one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe.
Despite the current tram works, Leith Walk is lined with shops, restaurants and bars where you’ll find a real Edinburgh welcome. Shops range from supermarkets to independent book shops and other nooks where you’ll find the rare and unique. Bakeries, cafes and independent grocers mean Leith still holds strongly onto its own identity, even a century on since it was officially incorporated into the city of Edinburgh in 1920.
Leith Walk
Despite the current tram works, Leith Walk is lined with shops, restaurants and bars where you’ll find a real Edinburgh welcome. Shops range from supermarkets to independent book shops and other nooks where you’ll find the rare and unique. Bakeries, cafes and independent grocers mean Leith still holds strongly onto its own identity, even a century on since it was officially incorporated into the city of Edinburgh in 1920.
Walks
Provides a beautiful walk that will take you through Leith past some of Edinburgh’s most photo-worthy spots including the Dean Village.
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Water of Leith
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Provides a beautiful walk that will take you through Leith past some of Edinburgh’s most photo-worthy spots including the Dean Village.
Food scene
Home to the city’s historic port on the Forth, Leith is home to a beautiful waterfront where restaurants, bars, pubs and shops open out to stunning views of Fife, and is a frequent stop for cruise ships.
Shore
Home to the city’s historic port on the Forth, Leith is home to a beautiful waterfront where restaurants, bars, pubs and shops open out to stunning views of Fife, and is a frequent stop for cruise ships.
Fire Cooked Pizza. They also offer a selection of homemade Bruschetta, Antipasto platters, freshly prepared salads, Lasagne al Forno and indulgent handcrafted desserts.
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Origano pizzeria
236 Leith Walk
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Fire Cooked Pizza. They also offer a selection of homemade Bruschetta, Antipasto platters, freshly prepared salads, Lasagne al Forno and indulgent handcrafted desserts.
Offers brunch, dinner and drink menu. Cocktails in teacups are cute too!
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Roseleaf bar cafe
23-24 Sandport Pl
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Offers brunch, dinner and drink menu. Cocktails in teacups are cute too!
Specialises in tasty Mexican street-style tacos, and refreshing margaritas.
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Bodega - Leith
14-15 Albert Pl
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Specialises in tasty Mexican street-style tacos, and refreshing margaritas.
If you’re after fine dining, the Michelin-starred The Kitchin cannot be missed; renowned throughout the UK for serving inventive, creative and unique cuisine.
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The Kitchin
78 Commercial St
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If you’re after fine dining, the Michelin-starred The Kitchin cannot be missed; renowned throughout the UK for serving inventive, creative and unique cuisine.
An award winning pub and restaurant with a spectacular interior
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Nobles Café Bar & Restaurant
44A Constitution St
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An award winning pub and restaurant with a spectacular interior
Newly opened in 2021, Bundits of Leith serve a range of homemade bao buns and small plates, alongside a spread of beers on tap, cocktails and wines.
Bundits of Leith
48-52 Constitution Street
Newly opened in 2021, Bundits of Leith serve a range of homemade bao buns and small plates, alongside a spread of beers on tap, cocktails and wines.
Need to book in advance but worth checking to see if they have any cancellations. Small and welcoming, the restaurant has been garnering rave reviews and buzz since it opened in 2018. The food, French-British cuisine, is highly seasonal.
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The Little Chartroom
30-31 Albert Pl
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Need to book in advance but worth checking to see if they have any cancellations. Small and welcoming, the restaurant has been garnering rave reviews and buzz since it opened in 2018. The food, French-British cuisine, is highly seasonal.
Opened in 2015 and has built its reputation upon serving the 'Best of British' beef, together with great food and service.
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Chop House Leith
102 Constitution St
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Opened in 2015 and has built its reputation upon serving the 'Best of British' beef, together with great food and service.
A young but experienced couple run this smart restaurant, which sits on a cobbled street in a residential area near the port. Well-crafted, keenly priced dishes have a clean, modern style. Seasonal Scottish produce is kept to the fore, with usually no more than 4 ingredients featured on each plate.
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Borough
50-54 Henderson St
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A young but experienced couple run this smart restaurant, which sits on a cobbled street in a residential area near the port. Well-crafted, keenly priced dishes have a clean, modern style. Seasonal Scottish produce is kept to the fore, with usually no more than 4 ingredients featured on each plate.
The Walnut serves flavourful dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. BYOB available on bottles of wine.
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The Walnut
9 Croall Pl
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The Walnut serves flavourful dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. BYOB available on bottles of wine.
Award winning Leith bistro open Wednesday to Sunday. Available for breakfast, set lunch, or dinner.
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Aurora
187 Great Jct St
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Award winning Leith bistro open Wednesday to Sunday. Available for breakfast, set lunch, or dinner.
A hidden gem of an Edinburgh breakfast and brunch restaurant, situated at 3A Albert Street, just off Leith Walk.
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Word of Mouth
3A Albert St
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A hidden gem of an Edinburgh breakfast and brunch restaurant, situated at 3A Albert Street, just off Leith Walk.
Whether its a champagne breakfast you’re after, lunch, dinner or luxuriating over our Fruits de Mer ‘Royale’ or Hot Shellfish Platter, or just enjoying a delicious glass of champagne, wine or cocktail in our fabulous bar – the Ship on the Shore offers informal, understated excellence.
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The Ship On The Shore
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Whether its a champagne breakfast you’re after, lunch, dinner or luxuriating over our Fruits de Mer ‘Royale’ or Hot Shellfish Platter, or just enjoying a delicious glass of champagne, wine or cocktail in our fabulous bar – the Ship on the Shore offers informal, understated excellence.
Their menu change with the seasons using the best local produce. Vibrant and wholesome flavours in a relaxed setting.
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The Gardener's Cottage
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Their menu change with the seasons using the best local produce. Vibrant and wholesome flavours in a relaxed setting.
Sightseeing
Royal Yacht Britannia - a floating former Royal Residence - is next to Ocean Terminal shopping centre where you can dine and shop to your heart’s content.
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Royal Yacht Britannia
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Royal Yacht Britannia - a floating former Royal Residence - is next to Ocean Terminal shopping centre where you can dine and shop to your heart’s content.
Not the highest of the city's hills, yet it offers fantastic views to Leith, the Firth of Forth and Fife to the north and Holyrood Park to the south.
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Calton Hill
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Not the highest of the city's hills, yet it offers fantastic views to Leith, the Firth of Forth and Fife to the north and Holyrood Park to the south.
Shopping
For the boutique and unique, visit Coburg House, a hub of artists, designers and makers, with a gallery hosting exhibitions and local artistry, along with a shop where you'll find pieces crafted by local artists. Open Saturdays & Sundays the first Monday of the month.
Coburg House
15 Coburg Street
For the boutique and unique, visit Coburg House, a hub of artists, designers and makers, with a gallery hosting exhibitions and local artistry, along with a shop where you'll find pieces crafted by local artists. Open Saturdays & Sundays the first Monday of the month.
Home to a whole host of fair-trade clothes and jewellery, ethical gifts, and Leith exclusives.
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The Cats Miaou
36 Elm Row
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Home to a whole host of fair-trade clothes and jewellery, ethical gifts, and Leith exclusives.
Scotland's oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant. One of Europe's original Specialist Food Shops, they were founded in 1934 and today have an extensive online shop as well as an inviting shop at the top of Leith Walk. You’ll be sure to walk away with a basket full of goodies. Nice deli restaurant upstairs too!
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Valvona & Crolla
19 Elm Row
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Scotland's oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant. One of Europe's original Specialist Food Shops, they were founded in 1934 and today have an extensive online shop as well as an inviting shop at the top of Leith Walk. You’ll be sure to walk away with a basket full of goodies. Nice deli restaurant upstairs too!
You'll find everything from old fashioned sweets in a jar to retro goody bags.
Candersons Sweet Shop
102 Leith Walk
You'll find everything from old fashioned sweets in a jar to retro goody bags.
Andy and Marta have been keeping bees in Scotland since 2017, and their range of honey is all jarred, packed, and shipped by hand using recycled materials and only the best honey untouched by additives, syrups, or preservatives.
Edinburgh Honey Co.
178 Easter Road
Andy and Marta have been keeping bees in Scotland since 2017, and their range of honey is all jarred, packed, and shipped by hand using recycled materials and only the best honey untouched by additives, syrups, or preservatives.
Bars & Pubs
Offers an uncomplicated and chilled atmosphere if you would like a drink or some pub grub.
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The Lioness of Leith
21-25 Duke St
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Offers an uncomplicated and chilled atmosphere if you would like a drink or some pub grub.
Offers a cosy vibe, a beer garden and a selection of cask ales, if that's your thing.
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Woodland Creatures
260-262 Leith Walk
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Offers a cosy vibe, a beer garden and a selection of cask ales, if that's your thing.
A stylish spot to savour your favourite cocktail or a craft beer.
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The Black Fox
17 Albert Pl
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A stylish spot to savour your favourite cocktail or a craft beer.
For something a bit less sophisticated, you'll find cheeky décor and arcade games here.
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The Mousetrap
180 Leith Walk
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For something a bit less sophisticated, you'll find cheeky décor and arcade games here.
Good cocktail menu, sports on TV, family-friendly.
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The Barologist
23 Commercial St
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Good cocktail menu, sports on TV, family-friendly.
Serve Swedish /Scottish food and have lots of locally sourced drinks and delicious cocktails.
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Abode Bar
229 Leith Walk
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Serve Swedish /Scottish food and have lots of locally sourced drinks and delicious cocktails.
The Kings Wark is a beautiful bar restaurant situated on the Shore area in Leith, Edinburgh. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner including fresh seafood and locally sourced produce.
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The King's Wark
36 Shore
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The Kings Wark is a beautiful bar restaurant situated on the Shore area in Leith, Edinburgh. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner including fresh seafood and locally sourced produce.
Street Food & Markets
Street food, creative crafts, original artwork.
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Leith Farmers Market
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Street food, creative crafts, original artwork.
A pioneering and independent street food market, tucked away off Ferry Road. They've got burgers, seafood, gelato, local beers and delicious wines - something for everyone to enjoy.
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The Pitt Market
125 Pitt St
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A pioneering and independent street food market, tucked away off Ferry Road. They've got burgers, seafood, gelato, local beers and delicious wines - something for everyone to enjoy.