Is there any part of the city which lends itself better to a Sunday than Stockbridge? Whether you’re the lazy (sorry, relaxed) type who loves a late brunch and a browse around the shops, or are a little more active and prefer to start your Sunday off with a brisk walk and a day packed full of activities, this little urban village has something to suit everyone. Our perfect Sunday in Stockbridge includes a nice mix of everything to help us round off a weekend in the best possible way.
10.00: Leisurely breakfast at home
Ease yourself into the day with a long lie and a leisurely breakfast in your flat. Head to the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market the day before to stock up on delicious pastries from Bakery Andante, fresh bread from Valvona & Crolla and seasonal fruit from Tay Valley Fruits so you can enjoy breakfast in bed on Sunday.
11.00: Stroll along the Water of Leith
Once you’re ready to face the outside world, grab your coat and your comfiest pair of shoes and head to the Water of Leith. Stretching all the way from Balerno in one direction to Leith in the other, join the walkway and stroll towards Stockbridge. Stop to admire the scenery and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you wander along the picturesque route by the river. Also look out for the quaint old Dean Village and St Bernard’s Well on your way to Stockbridge.
12.30: Eat, Chat, Drink, Repeat at Shackleton’s Bar & Brasserie
Once it gets towards lunch time, head slightly west of Stockbridge to find Channings Hotel on a quiet, leafy street. Round up three of your best friends and make the most of their Eat, Chat, Drink, Repeat deal, which you can enjoy downstairs in the bar and brasserie, Shackleton’s. The meal for four includes three delicious courses each and two bottles of wine to share, all for just £89. We’d recommend the smoked cheese and tomato tart followed by the pan fried sea bass with chorizo, crushed potatoes, spinach and sauce vierge. As for dessert, it’s difficult to choose between the chocolate tart and lemon cheesecake! After lunch, grab a couple more drinks at the bar and relax in Shackleton’s whilst you catch up with your pals.
14.00: Go charity shopping
Stockbridge is well known as a hot-spot for charity shops and vintage stores, full of second hand bargains. Snap up everything from last year’s must-have Topshop dress you missed out on, to a vintage Chanel bag (if you’re lucky!) or a bargain bestselling book. Dip in and out of the charity shops on Raeburn Place for an hour or so, picking up long-forgotten treasures along the way.
15.00: Stock up at Stockbridge Market
Chances are you’ll still be full from lunch at Shackleton’s so you might have to give the street food stalls a miss this time, but there’s plenty of other things to treat yourself to at Stockbridge Market. Stock up on snacks for later, or grab a few gourmet essentials so you can whip up delicious dinners throughout the week ahead. You’ll find everything from fresh fish and game to handmade hot sauces.
16.00: Browse for books at Golden Hare
Stockbridge is full of fantastic independent shops and boutiques, and Golden Hare Books is one of our favourites. Get lost in an enchanting world of beautiful books and browse the shelves for something that catches your eye. Everything here has been carefully handpicked, so inside this treasure trove of a bookshop you’ll find the most interesting books with the most stunning covers.
18.00: Snuggle up at home
Finish the day where you started: at home. Grab a blanket and plenty of cushions and snuggle up with your latest purchase from Golden Hare and some goodies from Stockbridge Market – we’d recommend a little bag of macarons from Mademoiselle Macaron‘s stall. Relax and enjoy those last precious few hours of Sunday before another week starts.
What are your favourite things to do on a Sunday in Stockbridge?