15 hidden gems in Edinburgh

(Alamy, Charles Jencks)
(Alamy, Charles Jencks)

1. Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston

A little out of town. Worth finding, though, because this sculpture park is so unusual, you’ll find it endlessly fascinating. It’s unique, restful and great fun to climb the pyramids. We love the healthy cafe, too, which is run by Edinburgh institution Milk.

Where: EH27 8BB 


2. Mousehole Deli, Portobello

You’ll find all manner of breads, chutneys and home-made treats here. We love the quiche, the apple pies and the friendly service.

Where: EH15 1AF

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3. Newhaven Harbour, Newhaven

Pretty at any time, but especially so at sunset. Take a wander, then have a drink in the Harbour Inn. Cheers!

Where: EH6 7DN 


4. Yellow Bench, Edinburgh

Outside Yellow Bench cafe. On it is printed: By sitting on this bench I am open to have a conversation with a complete stranger. Aww!

Where: EH7 4NY 


5. Mimi’s Bakehouse, Leith

This retro cafe makes great caramel latte cake and, during the festival, has a cake stall in the city centre.

Where: EH6 6RA 

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6. Dean Village, Edinburgh

Hard to believe it’s a few minutes from Princes Street – it’s another world. Picture perfect and peaceful.

Where: EH8 8BH


7. Cramond Island

Walk to the island when the tide is low. Interesting WWII buildings and a nice escape from the city buzz.

Where: EH4 6NU


8. Braw, Dean Village

Lovely cafe in Dean Village which makes sensational sausage stovies. And their Mars cheesecake is yum.

Where: EH4 3BR


9. Stockbridge Market

This Sunday market is in one of the nicest parts of Edinburgh and you’ll find dozens of great stalls with tempting eats, jewellery and even furniture. Don’t leave without having a crepe.

Where: EH3 6TQ


10. Gilmerton Cove

It’s a network of hand-carved passageways. No-one knows what they were for, but theories include a drinking den for Edinburgh’s posh people and a smuggler’s lair. We’ll never know!

Where: EH17 8QH 


11. Morningside Wild West Cowboy Street, Edinburgh

Many people think of Morningside as genteel and elegant. So this street – officially Spring Valley Gardens – is all the more surprising. Complete with saloon and jail.

Where: EH10 4QF


12. Hoot the Redeemer, Edinburgh

A quirky underground bar selling alcoholic cocktail slushies and ice cream. We love planet peanut!

Where: EH2 2DL


13. Sicilian Pastry Shop, Leith

You must try genuine Sicilian treats like cartocci – a donut-like case filled with custard. Fab but fattening!

Where: EH7 5LG


14. Aquila, Edinburgh

This quirky gift shop sells unusual prints, jewellery and cards. Just off the Royal Mile, but a world away from the over-priced tourist shops of the city centre.

Where: EH1 1DT


15. Dr Neil’s Garden, Duddingston Village

It was created from a tip, but you’d never know. Run by volunteers, it’s an oasis of serenity near Arthur’s Seat.

Where: EH15 3PX

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