Stockbridge Village: The quirky, bohemian, village atmosphere of Stockbridge, just a ten minute stroll from Princes Street, within the City Center’s New Town which forms part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site is a great place for shop browsing by day and eating and drinking by night. Around a maze of cobbled streets it’s a marketplace for antiques and quality gifts, specialty food, many art galleries, second hand bookshops and vintage boutiques.
Along St Stephen Street itself where one of the self catering apartments is located, you’ll find coffee shops, delis, famous traditional pubs and contemporary wine bars. Stockbridge village offers the perfect antidote to all the perfect symmetry and neoclassical grandeur of the New Town, perhaps explaining why Stockbridge has been home to many artists and writers over the years, among them the painter Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) and 19th-century junkie Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859), author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
It is a wonderful location to enjoy the best of both worlds, village living in the heart of the city center. If a change is needed from the bustle of the city, a 10 minutes walk north will take you to the beautiful Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.