As some of you might know from my previous blog post, I had recently come through to Edinburgh to shoot three street-style looks in Stockbridge. While at the time, I was mainly concerned with the task at hand, I made a mental note to come back and discover the area properly.
As I soon realised, it was the type of place that if you were only visiting Edinburgh for a day – which I was – you’d want to spend all your time there. It was such a lovely place to walk around, with an endless supply of coffee shops and boutiques, a flower and art shop – even a store called Coco Chocolate – dedicated to just that! It’s no wonder it was voted one of the best places to live! There’s even a park nearby, not to mention the stunning botanical gardens – lush!
As it was Sunday, and Sunday isn’t Sunday without brunch – I first headed along to Leo’s Beanery. It was a place that was recommended to me and didn’t let me down – hot coffee with an array of milk alternatives, paired perfectly with yogurt, granola and fresh berry compote – you could tell that it would be a favourite with the yogis from upstairs at Tribe Yoga – the smoothie choices. My goodness!
From there I popped along to Circus Lane, one of the locations from my shoot, I loved it so much I needed to stroll through it again…picturing myself owning one of the houses that were covered in bright flowers and green ivy. Plus, I wouldn’t mind staying round the corner from the local Aesop store, hello free hand-cream.
Unknown to me, every Sunday, the local businesses of Stockbridge come to share and sell their offerings at the Stockbridge Market! Intrigued by the white and yellow tops of the tents, I couldn’t help myself get drawn into the crowds surrounding them! From hot food to baked goods, paintings and records, plants and vintage clothing – there really was something for everyone! I even managed to spot the perfect pumpkin – just in time for Halloween!
After walking over the actual bridge in Stockbridge and looking over to see the Water of Leith, I headed down to have a browse through the shops. It was so difficult not to go into another cafe, there are so many that I’ve got on my list to come back to!
I did manage to make a visit into Daisy Cheynes – a small boutique that stocked everything from candles to socks! Not just any socks, a classic selection from Powder! From ankle to knee-high, even long - the thought of colder evenings had me picking up a pair and reaching for my card! On saying that, I did also buy a few gifts for friends and family! Not only is it great to go in and find the perfect present for people in your life, it’s also good to know that you’re helping to support a local business that helps make an area what it is!
Stockbridge definitely made an impression on me and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point in the future – I can only imagine what the market would be like during the festive season!
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- Jul 17