Situated south west of the center of the city of Edinburgh, Tollcross is a bustling residential area which nestles around the junction between Brougham Street (which leads to the Meadows), Earl Grey Street (an extension of Lothian Road), Home Street (which leads south to the affluent residential area of Bruntsfield) and West Tollcross. It was not until 1901 that the familiar landmark of the ironwork pillar clock was added to the junction. During the nineteenth century industry flourished in Tollcross due to its proximity to the Union Canal, but now the breweries and factories have been replaced by pubs, restaurants and clubs.
The Victorian tenements which are typical of the area are very popular with students in part because both Edinburgh University and Napier University are close by, but also because there are a good number of reasonably priced bars and restaurants to choose from. Tapas is a good choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced meal, and Indaba serves some deliciously moreish dishes. Alternatively, you could enjoy a great pub meal at the Red Squirrel. For a lighter bite there are many good cafes to choose from, but the Treehouse is among the best. Whatever you crave, Tollcross is a great place to eat without falling foul of your bank manager!