Modern day Leith is now home to Michelin-starred restaurants

  • Edinburgh Guide
  • 16 February 2011
Modern day Leith is now home to Michelin-starred restaurants

The shore

Port outside Edinburgh shakes off long-held seedy reputation

Vibrant, colourful Leith has shaken off its long-held seedy reputation in recent years to establish itself as an area of stylish urban regeneration and a must-visit destination for foodies.

A world away from the seamy side of Edinburgh life portrayed by Irvine Welsh in the novel Trainspotting, Leith is now home to a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, while the cobbled Shore, which sits along the Water of Leith, is lined with stylish eateries and pubs that are perfect for an al fresco pint in the brief Scottish summer.

Once an independent burgh, Edinburgh’s port reluctantly became part of the city only in 1920, and although it’s only a mile north of town along Leith Walk, retains an independent, multi-cultural identity and sense of community, and even hosts its own annual festival. It may not be on quite the same scale as those held up the road in Edinburgh, but is run by Leithers, involves local acts and artists and has a strong focus on the community.

A The Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
A revered and respected Edinburgh institution which is neither stuffy or exclusive, despite its lengthy list of plaudits and awards.
B Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
Michelin-starred flair and precision in one of the city’s most celebrated fine dining destinations.