With some of the best cakes on offer in Edinburgh (we do love a cake at Dickins…) and a whole load more besides, there’s a delicious choice of things to do in Lauriston and Bruntsfield. For us Lauriston runs from Fountainbridge and across to Quartermile in the North to Bruntsfield Links in the East, along Strathern Place and the border with Morningside in the South and Gilmore Place in the West.
For a jog, a stroll, a walk with the children, a game of football or a lie in the sun there is fabulous outdoor space in Bruntsfield Links. Bruntsfield Links is one of the oldest golf courses in the world (you can chip and put here for free) and the Golf Tavern which overlooks it was established in 1456. The Meadows run on from Bruntsfield Links creating a huge outdoor space. Quartermile overlooks the Meadows and is the property hot spot of the area. It is much sought after and was designed by Foster + Partners. It comprises luxury apartments, offices and cafes and is on the site of Edinburgh’s old hospital, The Royal Infirmary. The incredibly popular cafe and bakery Peter’s Yard is there (I find it hard to walk past without buying a cardamom bun or a cardamom ice cream in the summer.)
Feeling hungry, then you are in the right place as there’s great munching to be enjoyed in the area. Union of Genius sells the best bowl of soup, Tupiniquim a delectable crepe, Le Café Bleu a great breakfast and Lovecrumbs is jam packed with the most delicious cakes you’ll ever eat. If you want the best sacher torte this side of Vienna, the award winning German bakery, Falko is on hand to satisfy you.
Bruntsfield Place is a treasure trove of local independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Coco of Bruntsfield sell divine chocolate, Artisan Roast has a cafe here and Miss Dixiebelle does a fab vintage hairdo. A stroll along Bruntsfield Place is a most pleasurable way to while away an hour or two. Edinburgh’s Art College is in Lauriston and next door The Museum of Fire is a real find, telling the story of the oldest fire brigade in the UK, formed in 1824. During the Edinburgh Festival, this is a superb place to be as it is right next to all the action with The Old Town and Southside next door. Brilliant Bruntsfield and lovely Lauriston will have you coming back for more.