This attractive leafy neighborhood is one of the most affluent in Edinburgh. Heading south from the west end of Princes Street up Lothian Road and through Tollcross you’ll come to Bruntsfield with Morningside just beyond. It is a friendly place with plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants and quirky shops.
See & Do
The Meadows is a popular area of park land in the heart of Edinburgh and the Bruntsfield Links forms part of it. This tree lined park was once a mini golf course. Nowadays it is a great location for a picnic and a spot of sunbathing when the weather permits. There are public toilets nearby and you can retreat to one of the local pubs or restaurants later in the day. You’ll also find some gorgeous architecture in Bruntsfield and Morningside which provides a real contrast to the medieval Old Town or the classical Georgian New Town.
You’ll find a real mixture of eateries in Bruntsfield and Morningside. There is no shortage of good pub grub and there are a lot of brasseries and bistros serving up quality local produce. You also have a small selection of international cuisine to choose from, including Indian and Italian. The area is also a real haven for café lovers with a string of great cafes offering wonderful baking, good coffee and a lovely cup of tea. During the summer you can enjoy your coffee in the sun and watch the world go by.
If the hustle and bustle of the Grassmarket is not your idea of a good time and you’d prefer a quiet pint and a good conversation then this is the place to be. You’ll find a range of comfy, stylish and typically Scottish pubs and bars in the area and they’ll mainly be populated by locals. A good meal followed by a stroll and a nice pint with a whisky chaser makes for a relaxing evening. If you want some late night revelry then you don’t have far to go.
There are several hotels and guest houses in Morningside and Bruntsfield and they are ideal for people seeking a peaceful base for their Edinburgh adventure. Since the neighborhood is outside the city center and largely residential, you’ll find it is generally very quiet and relaxing. The whole pace of life here is just that little bit slower. If you want to relax in a grand old house and wake up to the sound of birdsong then stay here. There are a few modern hotels and apartment lets as well.
This is a great place to browse if you are searching for a unique gift. You’ll find a number of independent stores offering interesting items for the home. There are some antique shops, home décor, fashion and jewelry stores. You’ll also find some good charity and thrift stores in Morningside. It is an eclectic mix that will suit shoppers out for a leisurely wander with no particular purchase in mind. The chances are good that something will catch your eye.