Ideally located at the back of Waverley Station you’ll find The Fruitmarket Gallery, which is a small hub that includes a cafe, bookshop and an exhibition space which showcases the best work by artists from Scotland and beyond.
If you have a spare hour or so before you have to catch a train, I’d highly recommend popping in. It’s also a brilliant way to spend part of a day just wandering around the city! 🙂
The front part of the ground floor is home to a buzzing cafe, which serves the usual teas, coffees and snacks. Right beside you’ll find a cute little bookshop, which usually sells books about the artist currently in the exhibition space as well as posters, postcards and other interesting bits and bobs.
The last time I went, the gallery was exhibiting the works of Stan Douglas, a Canadian artist who gained prominence in the mid-nineties. His work consists of both images and video, which the space is ideal for. You can look at his prints in the light and airy gallery space, or watch his videos in the intimate viewing rooms that snake off to the side on both floors.
See the video below for the Fruitmarket Gallery director’s take on the latest exhibition, which runs until 15 February 2015:
If you’re just going to the exhibition, put aside 30 minutes to an hour to get the most of it, obviously make more time if you want to pop into the cafe too. Entry to the exhibition space is free.
You’ll find The Fruitmarket Gallery at the back of Waverley Station, 45 Market Street EH1 1DF. There’s no buses that stop right outside, but your best bet is to get one of the city centre buses to North Bridge and head down the Scotsman Steps (which, by the way, are a work of art in themselves) which will take you right there.