Stockbridge is an affluent area which is home to many of Edinburgh’s best independent shops. In this relatively small suburb you will find a host of little gift shops and specialty food shops where you can stock up on life’s little luxuries.
One of the most famous is the sumptuous and decadent French pastry retailer Patisserie Madeleine. One look through their window to the delights waiting inside and you will be hooked. It is widely held that their traditional French macarons are the best to be found anywhere in the capital.
If you are looking for a present for a family member or loved one and want something a little out of the ordinary, Stockbridge is a great place to start. There are some very good gift shops in the area and, unlike the chain stores in the center of town, they do not all stock the same product lines. Whether you are looking for toys, books, clothing, ceramics or a curiosity piece you will be spoiled for choice here.
Every Sunday an open air market is held in Saunders Street. This simply should not be missed as it is a chance to stock up on produce from independent producers from around the city and beyond. On a sunny day there is nothing better than whiling away the hours browsing the market stalls and perhaps indulging in some delicious fresh baking and a nice hot cuppa.