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5 special things to do in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket

It can be hard to plan a trip to Edinburgh – how do you narrow down all the amazing sights, shops and tastes to your perfect trip?! Well we are here to help! We think the Grassmarket area in Edinburgh’s Old Town is one of the best spots to visit. And we should know, our knitwear workshop has been situated here for over 30 years. We truly believe that it is a great place to see the real Edinburgh with it’s many small and unique shops, restaurants, cafes and sights.

So, to help you figure out what to do in Edinburgh, we forced ourselves to list just 5 unique things to do in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. We tried to stick to experiences, views and tastes that you won’t be able to get elsewhere – a truly unique Edinburgh experience!

Edinburgh Castle from The Vennel

Edinburgh Castle from the Vennel

1. Take in great views of Edinburgh Castle

While the views from Princes Street are wonderful, the views of the castle from the west end of the Grassmarket are gorgeous too and offer a different perspective of this Historic Scotland site. Handily they are also right outside the Cold Town House pub if you need to stop for refreshment. Instagram’s favourite spot to take pictures of the historic Edinburgh Castle is the Vennel which leads off from the western end of the Grassmarket. Take a look at #thevennel for your own Instagrammable inspiration!


Mary's Milk Bar

The retro inside of Mary’s Milk Bar



Mary's Milk Bar

Ice cream at Mary’s Milk Bar

2. Eat exceptional ice cream at Mary’s Milk Bar

A fabulous addition to the Grassmarket. All the gelato is made in store every morning until 11am in wonderfully creative flavours. You’ll have to keep popping in during your trip to Edinburgh to see what is new! Our personal favourites are hazelnut and dark chocolate. Yum.



Mellis' Cheesemongers

Mellis’ Cheesemongers

3. Sample delicious cheese at I. J. Mellis Cheesemongers

An Edinburgh Old Town institution with a fantastic array of cheeses laid out on the traditional thick counter. A family business, just like ourselves, they have been on Victoria Street for over 25 years. Pop in and ask for a sample of the cheeses that catch your eye – you’ll be spoilt for choice! We particularly love Baron Bigod, a soft creamy raw cheese, Auld Reekie, a smokey flavour named after the capital and Hebridean Blue, a deeply blue cheese made on the Isle of Mull.


Victoria Street

Victoria Street

4. Take a gorgeous Instagram photo on Victoria Street

This twisty colourful street full of enchanting small shops is rumoured to have been one of J.K. Rowling’s inspirations for Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series. Check out #victoriastreetedinburgh or #grassmarketedinburgh on Instagram to see for yourself what amazing pictures you can take – and start to plan yours!


Inside our Grassmarket Workshop

Inside our Grassmarket Workshop

5. Browse unique Scottish knitwear at Bill Baber Knitwear

We couldn’t resist including ourselves in this list! All of our stunning knitwear is made in Edinburgh, right here in our Grassmarket Workshop, and there’s nowhere else you can see such a wide range of Bill Baber Knitwear pieces. Sometimes this even includes new designs we’ve been working on that haven’t been widely released yet! Do pop in and see us when you’re in the Edinburgh Old Town for a chat, to see us linking our pieces together on the workshop floor or to ask for recommendations for cafes, restaurants or other things to do in Edinburgh.

So there you have it, some ideas for how to spend a day in Edinburgh. We hope you enjoy planning your trip to Edinburgh and hopefully this helps you decide what to do in the Edinburgh Old Town!