Markets are about a hundred times more interesting than your standard supermarket or chain-store shopping experience – and in Edinburgh, you’ll find a wealth of local and regional produce to enjoy.
Tasty Scottish food (both ingredients and ready-to-eat treats), vintage clothes and antique furniture are easy to find, as are beautifully handcrafted goods such as jewellery, soap and decorative homewares.
Which will be your favourite haunt?
Edinburgh Farmers Market
GO THERE FOR: Food, glorious food
OPEN: Saturdays, 9am to 2pm
WHERE: Castle Terrace (beneath Edinburgh Castle)
The Edinburgh Farmers Market is only 15 years old, but has been hailed as not only a great Scottish foodie destination, but also one of the WORLD’s best food markets by chef Loyd Grossman (he of pre-Greg-Wallace-era Masterchef fame). You’ll find Scottish meats such as venison, beef, chicken and lamb, along with a huge range of seasonal fruit and veg and lots of other lovely regional produce, from handmade chocolates to beer and bread. With more than 50 different stallholders to buy from – many of which offer tasters – you’ll be spoiled for choice (and will probably also spoil your tea).
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Out Of The Blue Flea Market
GO THERE FOR: Antiques, bric-a-brac and more
OPEN: Last Saturday of each month, 10am to 3pm
WHERE: Former Army Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street
If you love mooching about admiring antiques and handcrafted products, this flea market should be right up your street. It’s run by Out Of The Blue, a community arts organisation with studios that arranges public events. There’s always something going on at the venue, from theatre and dance to art sales and food markets – but the flea market is the jewel in its crown. Musical instruments, clothes and furniture can all be found here, scattered across more than 45 stalls. And there’s a great café, too.
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GO THERE FOR: Artisan food and crafted goods
OPEN: Sundays, 10am to 5pm
WHERE: Jubilee Gardens, Saunders Street
A weekly Sunday option for food-lovers, the Stockbridge Market is also a calmer alternative to the enormous Edinburgh Farmers Market, located away from the busiest tourist routes of the city. Cheeses, smoked salmon, artisan dog treats, jewellery and natural skincare products are among the many high-quality wares, sold from the banks of the Water of Leith – and the market is also a great gateway to Stockbridge’s fine selection of charity shops, which are well-loved by bargain hunters. Watch out for the Bad Tempered Baker and North Berwick’s Steampunk Coffee (served from a VW camper van, of course).
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Tram Stop Market
GO THERE FOR: Vintage clothes and cheap eats
OPEN: Saturdays, 11am to 3pm (formerly Tuesday to Sunday – this changed in 2016)
WHERE: Next to St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, York Place
This intriguingly-titled market offers a diverse choice of stalls to browse. It was formerly known as St Mary’s Market, but changed its name in 2014. There are vintage items, gifts, crafts and even music – and street food is especially popular, with a monthly Taster Day offering small dishes for under £5. Things move up a gear during the Edinburgh festival and the Christmas season, with impressive decorations and live entertainment.
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