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Published March 21st 2017
Explore one of Edinburgh's many amazing Markets
Edinburgh has a great family of markets. Whether you're in the city centre, Stockbridge, Leith, Grassmarket, or Fountainbridge, there's one near you. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours browsing the best of what local businesses in Edinburgh have to offer.
Whether you're into locally produced food and drink, looking for handmade gifts or want to browse what local businesses in Edinburgh have to offer, Edinburgh's markets offer the likes of artisan coffee, chocolate, jewellery, art, savouries, sweets and cheeses, something for all tastes.
Stockbridge Market Open every Sunday, 10am–5pm in Jubilee Gardens, Stockbridge. This market is always busy and bustling, and there's a reason why. With vendors offering the likes of artisan bread, handmade soaps, fish, cheese, and jewellery, there's an abundance of top quality stuff to check out. Feeling peckish? There's always great food on offer, from paella to crepes. To top it off the Bearded Barista often stops off here too, so you can grab a delicious artisan coffee.
Whilst you're in the area, I'd recommend making a day of it. Stockbridge is a lovely corner of Edinburgh and there's lots to do there. There are several good coffee shops, from Maxi's, The Pantry, to Peter's Yard, and lots of unique independent shops. Top tip for charity shop lovers — there's a great strip of them along Reaburn Place.
Greater Grassmarket Open every Saturday, 10am-5pm, Grassmarket. Perfect if you're in town anyway, this amazing Old Town location is only a short walk from Princes Street and other city centre sights. Offering a variety of locally produced goods, from jewellery, gifts, freshly baked bread, to seasonal fruit and veg, this market will keep you occupied for a good while. Situated in the beautiful and historic Grassmarket, this market has a distinct and charming vibe.
Leith Market Open every Saturday, 10am-5pm, Leith Market Dock Place. Full of food and handcrafted goods, you're bound to find something to your liking here. Tip for all foodies: on the first Saturday of every month the market hosts a Vegan Quarter so you can enjoy a range of delicious vegan treats. Head to this market if you're wanting to explore Leith more, I'd particularly recommend going to see the delights of the Shore.
The Pitt Market Open 12pm-10pm, usually Saturdays but dates change so check their website before you visit. Talking about Leith, it's also home to Edinburgh's late market. This is one for foodies. Find the delights of street food from Edinburgh's best local vendors, and drinks from great local companies such as Barney's Beer. This cool little spot is relaxed and chilled out and, with frequent live performances from local musicians, it's the perfect way to spend your Saturday evening.
Street Food Fridays Fridays, 11am-7pm, Fountainbridge. This one's a little bit different. The newest member of the market family, this is a haven for food lovers. The traders change each week so there's always lots of variety and something new to try. You can expect the likes of local food companies including Barnacles & Bones (try their legendary crab and chips), Union of Genius Soup (who also have a cafe on Forrest Road and do delicious homemade, original soup), and Steampunk Coffee (great coffee local to North Berwick). What's great is that this market's situated on Edinburgh's canal, a lovely setting, and great if you've not explored this area, especially on a sunny day.
Farmer's Market Open every Saturday, 10am-2pm, Castle Terrace. Whilst we're on the topic of food, here's another haven for food lovers, and it couldn't be situated in a more beautiful setting, at the foot of the mighty Castle. You can expect to find a variety of local sellers offering organic and local goods from meats, cheeses, artisan bread to seasonal fruit and veg. It's a lovely activity on a Saturday morning.
Waverley Market Open Fridays, 11am-7pm, Platform 2, Waverley Station. How cool is it that Edinburgh has a market in her biggest train station? Perfect if you've got a train to catch and need to kill some time, or if you're just in town and are looking for something a bit different to do. There are over 40 stalls offering food and drink as well as a range of independent Scottish businesses and gifts.
Looking down onto Waverley Station, home to the Waverley Market
The Royal Mile Market
Open all the time, this market is set in the beautiful Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile. Being sheltered, this one's perfect for the winter months. With a range of goods on offer, you're likely to be occupied for a while at this market.
Tram Stop Market
Open every Saturday, 11am-5pm. This market's situated just behind John Lewis on the east end of Princes Street, perfect if you're wandering around Princes Street and want to try something a bit different for lunch. Another great one for food and drink, offering delicious hot goods and fresh, local produce.