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Grassmarket

21 Grassmarket | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
+44 131 510 7555
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Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the Grassmarket area is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and convivial areas of the city. A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket Edinburgh is simply bursting with some of the best shopping Edinburgh has to offer. Far more than simply a retail haven, the area is well known for being home to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh as well as some of the most vibrant and eclectic bars in Edinburgh. In fact the Grassmarket pubs, many with a history dating back to the notorious days of Burke and Hare, are known throughout the world for their exciting, dark Edinburgh history mixed with some of the best traditional food, ales and music in the city! Well preserved cobbled streets, medieval architecture and inspiring views of Edinburgh Castle help to create an atmosphere unparalleled in Edinburgh, Scotland or indeed Europe.With so much to see and do it'
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21 Grassmarket | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We loved this area! So many pubs, grocery stores, and shops. The best part is the people! We saw bachelor parties and sauced people and happy people and the whole gamut. Such a lively crowd and kid friendly too (we were traveling with our 17...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The Grassmarket area is located in the Old Town of Edinburgh almost underneath Edinburgh Castle. Infamous for it's public executions the Grassmarket area is now better known for it's bars and restaurants. Jolly Chriss.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're in Harry Potter paraphelia, you'll find plenty of places to check in around Grassmarket. The area itself is great view of old part of the Edinburgh. Just walking around makes sense. Likely our stay would have been even better if not for the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Grassmarket is a great point of interest. It is the perfect spot to be surrounded by Edinburgh's history. You get a great view of the Castle, you have the option of eating at numerous restaurants, you can stop by several shops or you can simply...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the best parts of the old town. Loved the many pub restaurants, shops, open market and all the hills up and to down to keep you in shape and burn off the beer and food

Thank toddwg
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Reviewed 4 days ago

While this area - I'd say a few blocks with grassy middle - has multiple options for indoor and patio dining, we simply enjoyed walking through our first evening and people watching. So lively. We chose The French Connection food truck for a light quick...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely area to visit - cafe society - choose a quiet time if you like a leisurely drink, but lively at busy times.

Thank Herbie-Green
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are walking in Royal Mile towards Castle, this area is kind of behind/below it. Back in the days it was known for public executions, but now for it's bar scene. I couldn't even count how many pubs, bars, restaurants there were.

Thank Halkidis
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Maybe this place comes into its own when there is a market taking place. When I visited (weds afternoon) there was little to distinguish it from any other medium-sized city square. Not sure why it is worth a trip unless you have come to go...More

Thank df86
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked through Grassmarket a couple of times and thought that it looked a fun outdoor area with lots of pubs and restaurants.. Unfortunately our trip wasn't long enough for us to come back and try them out.

Thank Agathasmum
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sandieh02
23 April 2018|
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Response from Leah v | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in an Airbnb in Edinburgh. Found it easy and highly comfortable.
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Phoebe D
28 September 2017|
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Response from fringewalker | Reviewed this property |
I have not been to the Grass Market at that time of year but I would believe the restaurants and pubs would stay open as it is the owners and employees means of earning a living and also, it is a good hang out for the locals... More
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Heather H
4 January 2017|
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Response from TravelinGert | Reviewed this property |
I think I missed seeing this in time so sorry for that. Because it might help out others: I have not been there for Hogmany sadly but several tour guides and hotel staff told us the crowds die down and it gets much quieter... More
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