The Elegant Route Through Edinburgh
Edinburgh is an elegant enigma that combines historic landmarks with geological mountain faces, inviting modern buildings that complement the classic and medieval architecture. The capital of Scotland is known for its New Town & Old Town, which are both listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our Travel Designer, Julie Anne Stewart of Je suis Jules, will take you on a breathtaking route through some of her favorite local hotspots in Edinburgh.
- Route Name: The Elegant Route Through Edinburgh
- Distance: 2 KM
- Best time to go: Late March-May or September-November
- Start point: Arboretum Place, Inverleith Park
- End Point: Jeffreys Interiors
- Best on foot
- Highlights: The Scran and Scallie, Patisserie Madeleine, St Stephen Street, Circus Lane, Aesop, Jeffreys Interiors
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The Elegant Route Through Edinburgh
Start exploring beautiful Edinburgh on foot at the Arboretum Place entrance to Inverleith Park. The entrance to the park is directly opposite the famous Botanic Gardens, where you may be tempted to visit and walk through the lush, manicured gardens and stop for a coffee. Stroll through the park gates and follow the signs for Stockbridge, stop to feed the swans at one of the peaceful lakes along your way!
You will come out of the park along a narrow side street leading to Comely Bank Road in Stockbridge, the Scran and Scallie restaurant and pub should be directly in front of you. This rustic-chic gastropub is a must to taste modern Scottish food by Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin. The interior of this charming restaurant is a cross between Scottish accents of tweed and tartans and Scandinavian sheepskins resulting in a cosy finish. Try the Scran and Scallie steak pie or opt for the lobster ravioli. There is a fine selection of puddings and cheeses to tempt you, but then you might not have room for Patisserie Madeleine’s delectable macarons slightly further down the street, skip coffee and have it here, the macarons are a must although if they aren’t your thing you can always have one of the mouth-watering eclairs or almond financiers from the window display.
Now that your tummy is full it would be a good time to consider doing some shopping, Stockbridge is full of an array of charming boutiques, continue walking through the village and take the left-hand turn on to St Stephen Street, which is approximately a 5-minute walk. You may be tempted by the quirky vintage store ‘Those Were the Days’ or the beautiful children’s store Bon Tot, here you will find a beautifully curated selection of design-led children’s clothing and toys sourced from small brands around the globe such as Fable Heart, Lapin and Me and Ooh Noo Official.
If you would like to take some Instagram worthy pictures along your way, continue along St Stephen Street for approximately 4 minutes until you stumble across the quaint Circus Lane which will see you taking a right-hand turn. This picturesque lane, close to St Stephen’s church is renowned as a popular photography spot, the cobblestoned street, charming wooden benches and floral covered buildings might have something to do with that. Follow the lane to the bottom and turn left, you will be greeted by the charming exterior of the Aesop store on North West Circus Place, pop into this beautiful light-filled store to stock up on everyday beauty products. If you wish to continue your shopping for the home, Jeffreys Interiors, the notable interior design consultancy, is right next door and it’s ever-changing quirky room sets will provide an enjoyable browse.