Scotland's Festival City
Edinburgh, with its thriving capital buzz, its international arts scene and its stunning historic Old Town and New Town, is small and beautiful enough to make walking the perfect way to get around. A ten minute stroll will take you to the high point of the New Town at George Street, but push on five minutes more and you’ll find yourself at the Castle, with breathtaking views back down to the New Town and Stockbridge.
A more peaceful local stroll up the leafy Water of Leith walkway – a few minutes from the Mews - takes you to the Dean Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in only 20 minutes. It’s fantastic for art lovers, but its outdoor café is also a great spot for a cultural lunch on a sunny day. The Royal Botanic Gardens, with its idyllic Inverleith House art gallery is just a few minutes in the other direction.
And if walking doesn’t fit your remit for a relaxing getaway, local buses will take you to the city centre in minutes for theatres, concerts halls, lively bars and nightclubs, or a (gentle) stroll around the National Galleries.
Stockbridge has a fantastic range of local food shops, from Herbie’s delicatessen and Mellis’ Cheesemonger to Armstrong's, the award-winning fishmonger, and the excellent (and very cheeky) butcher, George Bower.
The Sunday Market is really special and has all sorts of delicious food to buy or eat there, it's on every Sunday all day just opposite Mellis'.
Wander uptown to discover more foodie delights such as the famous Valvona and Crolla – but make sure you stop off on the way in Patisserie Florentin for coffee and Belgian waffles. If you're staying in the New Town Mews, try the Glass & Thompson café/deli, just around the corner. Leo’s Beanery (underneath Margiotta’s at the west end of Northumberland Street) is also wonderful for a coffee or snack as is Peter's yard, an artisan bakery, near the bridge in Stockbridge.
Dining out, try Bell’s Diner’s legendary gourmet burgers or go for the more sophisticated art-filled walls and delicious seasonal menu of the upmarket Stockbridge Restaurant or an unmissable dinner in The Witchery by the Castle.
From the Mews, the shopping hubs of George Street and Princes Street are just 15 minutes walk away, where you’ll find everything from chic boutiques to the city’s famous Jenners department store and Harvey Nics.
Closer to home is St Stephen’s Street, whose vintage clothes shops, alongside Stockbridge’s high quality charity shops, make an idyllic afternoon’s browsing.
Stockbridge, and the art galleries of the New Town's nearby Dundas Street - where you'll also find numerous fine art and antique shops - are also hubs for artist-designed jewellery, as well as Edinburgh’s only vintage jewellery store, the fabulous Chic and Unique.
And if you need to relax after all that shopping, The Floatarium Spa offers a full range of spa and beauty treatments.
If all this delicious food puts you in the mood for some good wine, there’s Raeburn Fine Wines at the other end of Stockbridge's main street. Henri's does a great selection of mainstream and artisan beers.
Local bars range from the unpretentious Baillie to the more stylish Hectors, with other nearby options including fashionable Iglu, with its organic restaurant upstairs, and the diminutive and very traditional Kay’s Bar, complete with characterful proprietor and rolling roster of guest ales. If you are staying at Cumberland Mews then the Cumberland Bar is your local with great pub grub and charming beer garden.
Of course, you could just skip town completely for the day – the Forth Road Bridge, which takes you to all points North is just 20 minutes drive west on the road out of Stockbridge, and there’s easy access to the M8 if you fancy a trip to Glasgow or Loch Lomond.