Things to do in Leith

Sitting just north of the beautiful city centre of Edinburgh is Leith, previously the old maritime centre. Having seen somewhat of a massive redevelopment from its previous ‘hey-day’ the area is now a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city with a range of dockside cafes, bars and Michelin star restaurants. However this just a small number of the various things to see and do in Leith.

Take a walk by the sea

Go and visit the picturesque Shore area to have a stroll along the scenic waterfront. This vibrant walkway emerges at the Shore, an upmarket area lined with stunning cafes, stylish bars, traditional pubs and sophisticated restaurants. Arguably the most popular tourist attraction in the whole of Leith though is the Royal Yacht Britannia at Ocean Terminal.

Royal Yacht Brittania

Where to Eat

Leith is a top location for foodies. It boasts more than one Michelin star restaurant and the seafood is some of the best in Scotland. If you carry on up Leith walk you'll also find a lot of cheaper options as well, from the traditional fish and chips to a range of other fast food options.

Recommended Restaurants

The Ship on the Shore

Dine outside with a view! Located right on the waterfront, you can enjoy a marvellous dinner, right by the sea. They offer a delicious variety of options and locally sourced seafood and it even has its own wine bar.

Martin Wishart

The first restaurant in Edinburgh to receive a Michelin star, Martin Wishart is an elegant French dining venue. Romantic and refined, with fresh flowers on the tables and a relaxed lighting, you're guaranteed to have a pleasant meal.

Martin Wishart in Leith

La Favorita

A multi award winning quality pizza restaurant. For flavoursome, log fired pizza, don't miss out on La Favorita, one of the most highly rated pizzerias in the whole of Britain!

Have a drink

Looking for a night out with family or friends? You're spoilt with choice for places to socialise and enjoy a drink in Leith which has no shortage of vibrant bars.

Recommended Bars

The Roseleaf

This bar is truly one of a kind. Decorated with beautiful wallpaper and old furniture, you'll certainly feel like you're in somebody's home here. It has an awesome local vibe, great food, and a very modern menu. Cocktails even come in teapots!

Boda Bar

Another very homely, decorated venue with a huge variety of drinks. It's cosy, comfortable and very laid back. You can also reserve spaces for free!

The Lioness of Leith

Located right in the heart of Leith, this historic spot is sure to make a fantastic night on the town. Lunch is served daily until 5pm. If it’s great tasting food and inventive cocktails you’re after, you won't be disappointed.

Shopping

Head straight to Ocean Terminal Mall for all your shopping needs. Being the biggest shopping centre in Edinburgh, it’s host to some of the worlds biggest brands such as Schuh, Marks & Spencer's, Debenhams and H&M. It also includes access to the former Royal Yacht Britannia.

These are just a few of the many things you can do in Leith. A place to walk for hours and completely lose yourself in. Or you can grab some grub, a quick drink and speak to the locals whilst you’re at it. Leith truly is a unique little spot so absorb its magic while you can.