Scotland has lots of fantastic food, gift and craft producers, and if you are in Edinburgh you don’t have to go out of your way to find them. Every Sunday, the best of Scottish comes to the city in the form of the famous Stockbridge Market.
Once a week the bank of the Water of Leith becomes covered in white and yellow tent tops, and farmers, makers and crafters from all over the country congregate to sell their wares.
Stockbridge Market is probably best known for its wide and exotic food offering, but in reality you can find almost everything here, from handmade soaps or secondhand records to unique jewellery and clothing. The square footage of the market is quite small, but the organisers manage to pack a relatively large number of stalls in the wee space.
The last time I was there, the place was heaving as the Christmas shopping madness was in full swing. This is the perfect place to pick up a few gifts, and I ended up getting some unique marmalade from Perthshire Preserves, a vegan hazelnut spread from The Chocolate Tree and a divine smelling hair mask from the Edinburgh Natural Skincare Company.
If you have a rumbling tummy, then the market is a great place to grab a spot of lunch, with a few stalls offering a range of street food style options. I had a box of delicious homemade paella (pictured above) while Mr Bug had an Indian style omelette wrapped up in a chapatti. Both meant that we were satisfied for pretty much the rest of the day!
If you need a hot drink to warm you up on the chilly days, there are a normally a couple of traders on hand to serve a welcome cup of tea or coffee. Or, if you are feeling extra indulgent, keep an eye out for the small but rich cups of dark hot chocolate – ideal for satisfying a sweet tooth!
A couple of stalls take cards, but the vast majority of them are cash only, so be sure to stop at a cash machine or ATM before you pop by. Stockbridge is a prosperous area and the prices reflect that, so be sure to take plenty of cash with you so you’re not caught short when trying to snag that last artisan loaf!
Stockbridge Market is an institution in Edinburgh and an absolute must if you are in the city on a lazy Sunday. It’s the perfect place to pick up something unusual for your dinner, or a souvenir for a friend if you are just passing by. Either way, the market is one of the staples of a perfect Edinburgh weekend.
Stockbridge Market runs every Sunday 10am – 5pm, near Saunders Street EH3 6TQ. You can get there on the 24, 29, 36 and 42 buses, or it’s about a 15 minute walk from the West End. You can also get an idea of who is going to be at this week’s market on their website.