Leith has long been Edinburgh’s port and over the years what was once a separate town was assimilated into the North of the city. Leith used to be an industrial area but since the 1980s it has been drastically redeveloped and it now boasts some of the finest restaurants, bars and shopping that Edinburgh has to offer.
See & Do
As Edinburgh’s port, Leith is still busy with an influx of cargo from all over the world. The redeveloped docklands are a pleasant place to take a walk and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. The most popular tourist attraction in Leith is probably the Royal Yacht Britannia at Ocean Terminal. The Leith Links is also a lovely park with a large play area for kids.
You’ll find more than one Michelin starred restaurant in Leith and some of the finest seafood that Scotland has to offer. The Shore is a great destination for dining out and you’ll find a string of tempting restaurants at Commercial Quay. Alongside the finest Scottish cuisine there are some notable exotic options too, especially if you enjoy Indian food. If you head up Leith Walk you’ll find some cheaper, casual options from a tasty burrito to traditional fish and chips.
You’ll find some terrific, quirky, cozy and inviting bars in Leith. You’ll also find some old traditional pubs that might not be quite as welcoming. If you are looking for a nice atmosphere there are some good options on Leith Walk such as Boda Bar and a few comfortable and friendly bars at The Shore. Seek out the Roseleaf for something a bit different. Leith shuts down at closing time so if you want to dance the night away plan to head into town.
You’ll find a few hotels and guest houses in Leith and there’s also a nice big hostel and some rental apartments. One of the top picks is the Malmaison at The Shore which is in the restored Seaman’s Mission. If you prefer a more personal touch then opt for one of the many bed and breakfasts. Leith is a good place to explore the city from as it is extremely well served by public transport.
The biggest and best shopping mall in Edinburgh is Ocean Terminal. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and even a spa, a gym and a 12 screen cinema. It is easy to reach by bus or taxi and there’s plenty of free parking for drivers. This is also home to the Royal Yacht Britannia and you can enjoy some spectacular views over the redeveloped dock area. Check out Leith Walk for quirky independent stores like Elvis Shakespeare.