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A List of Edinburgh’s Best Markets

Edinburgh's Markets

We’re lucky to have so many regular markets here in Edinburgh – places where you can buy fresh produce, tasty street food and beautiful craftwork by independent Scottish traders whilst enjoying that special market atmosphere. Spring is a brilliant time to visit Edinburgh’s markets, with bright, sunny mornings and the change of season means fresh food flavours are on the menu!

Many of these markets have been going for years, but there are also a few exciting newcomers on the list…

Stockbridge Market

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This bustling market is popular among locals and tourists alike, and the place to go to for delicious street food or a sweet Sunday treat. Handmade soaps, jewellery, bags, children’s clothes, gourmet dog food, organic fruit and veg, fresh fish and game are a few of the things you can pick up here as well, making it one of Edinburgh’s most popular markets. Make sure to visit pretty Dean Village while you’re in the area!

The Farmers’ Market

Edinburgh's Markets

Overlooked by the majestic Edinburgh Castle, not every market has views as amazing as this one. You might find it hard to put down your camera and focus on the market itself! If you’re cooking up a Sunday roast make sure you get your ingredients here. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, locally sourced game, venison, lamb, lobster as well as artisan bread, cheese, chocolate and coffee will make your meal outstanding.

Leith Market

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Not quite as busy as its big sisters, Stockbridge and Grassmarket markets, but well worth a visit nonetheless. The market consists mostly of food traders, bringing you locally produced and sourced products as well as sizzling hot street food that you can enjoy sitting down at one of the tables. On the first Saturday of the month the market also hosts the Vegan Quarter with a variety of vegan treats to choose from.

Grassmarket MarketEdinburgh's markets

Surrounded by tourist attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum, Greyfriar’s Bobby, Elephant House and being only minutes away from the Royal Mile, this market consists of over 20 stalls offering locally grown and seasonal produce, freshly baked breads, delightful sweets and craftwork made by local craftmakers.

Pitt Street Market

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This market is just what’s been missing from Edinburgh: a late night market with live music and entertainment, wonderful street food and drinks from local suppliers – all enjoyed in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Children are welcome until 8pm, and feel free to bring your dog as well.

Fountainbridge Street Food Fridays

The Fountainbridge Street Food market, first launched in 2016 gives Edinburgh foodies another good reason to stuff their faces. If you work in the area this will be the perfect lunch option on Fridays!

Morningside Makers Market

Launched in 2016, this is market has become popular and is a must-visit for anyone who is into design and crafts. And cake! This free monthly boutique craft fair aims to showcase the work of talented artists, designers and crafters from all over Scotland and is really worth a visit. The market closed when the pandemic arrived but we hope to see it back soon.

The Neighbourgood Market

This market popped up in Stockbridge during summer 2020, providing a socially distanced and fully contactless market and social space for us to enjoy delicious drinks and fare from local producers. This was the Edinburgh market we needed during the pandemic and we hope to see them again this summer as we continue to prioritise hygiene and safety.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

  •  When: Every day around November 20th to January 4th
  •  Where: Princes Street Gardens, St Andrew Square
  •  Website: www.edinburghschristmas.com

The dark and cold Edinburgh winter nights light up every year when the Christmas market comes to town. At the European Market below the Mound and in East Princes Street Garden you can sample bratwurst, waffles, crepes, sweets, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and more. The Scottish Market in St Andrew Square showcases some of the best craft, food and drink Scotland has to offer. The kids will love the Children’s market that takes place in Santa Land. Although the market was cancelled in 2020, we do have our fingers crossed to see this Edinburgh’s Christmas market back this year.

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