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Why not make your festive shopping a little bit easier this season by popping down crafty Candlemaker Row for some alternative retail independent shopping? You can stop at the Oz bar or Under The Stairs Bistro for refreshment and also grab the best selfie in Edinburgh with the Castle as your backdrop, so remember to shop on your local turf for friendly independent shopping. Independent gift stores are a enjoyable way to pick… Read More

Another foody gem tucked under Edinburgh Castle in Victoria Street that can only be described as a colourful, family-run Mexican cantina serving up wonderful cuisine and margaritas in a relaxed, fun ambiant setting. “For those of you who are not familiarised with Mexican food and want to try a bit of everything, you can always get a couple of starters and get a great idea of how real Mexican food is like.”… Read More

Howies Restaurant Victoria Street has an eclectic mix of Scottish art, solid wood flooring, tables & chairs & friendly attentive staff. The Victoria Street restaurant has the perfect historic surroundings to sample quite simply, great Scottish food, wine & history. Snaking from the top of The Royal Mile (or High Street) to The Grassmarket you couldn’t find a better spot for taking time out of your busy day for coffee, lunch or… Read More

One of the “classics” in Grassmarket, it’s a good place to have a beer with friends. Although it’s a bit small, they have renovated it and it’s really nice and modern inside. Good selection of beers. If only to be where the “infamous” Maggie Dicksons apparently lived, visit it and down a pint or two for her. History In the early 18th century, a woman fish hawker who was to become known… Read More

Oliviero a fresh new Italian restaurant serving quality pasta & pizza. Italian dining and authentic flavour which is perfect for an intimate dinner date, or a comfortable family meal. “The service is very good, it looks like they have a degree of local trade as some diners were obviously known to the staff and enjoyed some banter with them. Overall not bad at all – about £23 for starter, main, bottle of Peroni and glass of… Read More

The food is excellent, I had a pizza with king prawns, garlic, onion and sun-dried tomatoes and my friend had basically every meat you could imagine. His was amazing and mine was really good, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of prawns (only 6 on a 12 inch pizza). They have a range of pizzas and pastas and a create your own pizza option all at good prices. The… Read More

Mamma’s serve handmade, fresh stonebaked pizza alongside delicious steak on the stone, pasta and a great range of starters, sides and desserts. Also serving gluten free pizza, starters, desserts and beer. Non-smoking, outside dining, gluten free, wheelchair access. They are happy to cater for large groups and also offer a delivery service. Menu Address: 28-30 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2JU Phone:0131 225 6464

91% Ranked #8 of 115 Shopping & Fashion in Edinburgh on TRIP ADVISOR 90 Reviews Type: Shops, Shopping & Fashion Trip Advisor Owner description:Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, the Grassmarket area is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and convivial areas of the city. A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket Edinburgh is simply bursting with some of the best shopping Edinburgh has to offer.Far… Read More

        The Mussel and Steak Bar is proud to serve the best Scottish beef and seafood. We serve both traditional and contemporary dishes as well as providing the experience of fresh culinary ideas. 100% SCOTCH BEEF TRACEABILITY ON ALL BEEF USED IN OUR RESTAURANT STEAKS MATURED FOR A MINIMUM 38 DAYS Visit us and find out for yourself how good they are. Address: 110 W Bow, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2HH… Read More

Le Petit Paris is situated in the historic Grassmarket in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle yet succeeds in providing the ambience of a “bon coin” in an arrondissement of Paris. The terrace tables, the bijou interior, the staff and the traditional menu, all create the sense of being in the French capital. Most importantly, the food also delivered – we enjoyed excellent boudin noir, Toulouse sausages and perfect steak frites, all with… Read More