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Stockbridge - Where to stay in Edinburgh
One of Edinburgh’s most desirable areas for young professionals & families, Stockbridge has a charming village feel to it. It is nestled around the Water of Leith between Comely Bank and the New Town (stock brig means ‘timber bridge’ in Scots). This relatively small zone is still home to many independent shops, including butchers, fishmongers and cheesemongers, as well as a thriving artisan market every Sunday. The main shopping area is clustered around the Stockbridge itself, just a short walk from the city centre. Brandon Street, on the edge of Stockbridge, is particularly good for cafés, and the Royal Botanic Gardens are just a short walk away.
The Water of Leith runs through Stockbridge, and is one of the nicest walks in Edinburgh, passing through the Dean Village, and along to the Dean Gallery. Though the area has quite a separate feel from the centre of the city, it is only a ten minute walk to the bars and shops of George Street.
Stockbridge is quieter than many parts of the city, without the clubs of George Street or Broughton, the bars of Leith or the student population of the Old Town. It has plenty to see and do, however, and is ideal for families looking for walks, shopping and a calmer place to stay. There are good pubs and a number of very good restaurants, as well as lots of child-friendly cafés serving excellent homemade produce.