There’s only 3 things you need for a day in Stockbridge Village, Edinburgh
1 A copy of the Scottish Independent Coffee Guide
2 Comfortable shoes
3 An appetite
Mr Bond & I fell in love with the city. We loved it so much that we promised ourselves we’d return in the summer months and stay in Stockbridge Village. Mainly, but not only, because of the out of this world Swedish cinnamon buns baked by the clever people at Soderberg.
So here we are, back again, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary staying in the lovely Stockbridge Apartments in the very fashionable St Stephen’s Street. We’re about 25 paces from the shops and cafes, but in a quiet side street surrounded by trees and birdsong. What could be nicer.
With nothing but a bag of coffee and a packet of shortbreads in the apartment, we are determined to embrace the full foodie experience.
3 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge
Every other shop in Stockbridge is either a high end charity shop, an antique bookshop or a hipster coffee shop. So we started with breakfast and headed straight to the Scandinavian wonderland that is Soderberg. We were too late for the cinnamon buns – they get snaffled very early at the weekend, but the vanilla and raspberry Hallonbulle were equally delicious. Mr Bond is slightly obsessed with blueberries so opted for the Blabarsbulle (yes, you guessed vanilla and blueberry). I can’t even explain why they are so delicious, you’ll just have to get up here and try for yourself. You simply haven’t had a bun until you’ve had a Soderberg bun. The perfect coffee accompaniment.
100a Raeburn Place, Stockbridge
Established in Edinburgh for 10 years now, we discovered Artisan Roast last year and knew we’d be back. Their own branded home-roasted coffee is just great and you can buy a bag or two to take home. The cakes look delicious and the Moroccan Chickpea soup – my choice for lunch – was delicious. It’s a super doggie-friendly place and apart from one slight altercation between a grouchy french bulldog and an enthusiastic spaniel, it was all very relaxing for both canines and their humans.
22 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge
We are staying at no 57 St Stephens Street and Lovecrumbs is at no 22. It’s literally about 10 steps away. This cute place at basement level is the little sister shop of the West Port cafe. It really is tiny and clearly well known by the discerning locals – including a sweet 5 year old girl on a cute pink bike who knew exactly which cake she wanted with her glass of milk. We perched ourselves outside for a much needed cup of tea. It’s true what they say about the power of a cup of tea especially when you have sore feet from walking all day.
After all these coffee stops and munching our way round Stockbridge Market, some exercise is in order – so a short stroll along the River Leith is on the agenda. Dean Village is in all the guide books and when you get there it’s really quite unique. The riverside walk threads its way between the historic buildings with footbridges and pretty houses. It’s amazing to find such a lush green tree-filled valley right in the middle of the city. We even spotted a family of ducks with 8 ducklings in tow learning life skills from Mother Duck in the river.
My few words doesn’t really do justice to the magic of Stockbridge Village. If you asked me today – yes, I would move here and live in a city apartment and be very happy. The quality of life would be fabulous. But not for ever please. North Wales has my heart.
Oh, and the last word goes to my canine friend Harris Reid, my favourite instagram follow, miniature wire haired dachshund extraordinaire and his very helpful Mum Fiona – @theworldaccordingtoharris – who gave us lots of recommendations for places to visit. Thank you Harris and Fiona.
We will be back.