Leith Walk

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A guide to the Leith Walk area of Leith, Edinburgh, including history, property and amenities.

One of the larget streets in Edinburgh, Leith Walk is perhaps as famous as the likes of Princes Street and The Royal Mile.

The road itself of Leith Walk connects the various areas of Leith with the City Centre and is a bustling area of the city which is popular with businesses and people alike. Historically it used to carry people by coach in the 1700s from the Foot of the Walk to where the North Bridge was being constructed but it eventually fell into a state of disrepair and wasn't relaid until 1810, where much of what you see on Leith Walk today started to be built up.


Depending on how technical you want to be... Leith Walk is generally accepted as starting from the roundabout North from the Omni Centre, just off London Road - however the likes of Elm Row (where the roundabout is actually situated) and Haddington Place are technically seperate streets located before the start of Leith Walk. The Foot of the Walk is located at the bottom of Leith Walk and is made up of Duke Street, Great Junction Street and The Newkirkgate. There are many frequent bus routes down Leith Walk, as well as it being within walking distance of the City Centre. Traffic is notouriously congested on Leith Walk, as to be expected with one of the main routes into the city.

Places to Visit

  • Valvona and Crolla Delicatessen - If you're looking for quality food and wine, no where in Edinburgh will top Valvona and Crolla. They do have a number of cafes, restaurants and foodhalls across the city but their Deli at the top of Leith Walk is any foodie's heaven - floor to ceiling with the best Scottish and Italian produce!

Places to Eat and Drink

  • Leith Walk is a hub of places to be fed and have a tipple, whilst being surrounded by Edinburgh locals and escaping the city centre supplemented prices. Joseph Pearce's is one of the first bars you will come to when taking a trip down Leith Walk. The family friendly bar has a lovely little outdoor seating area, which on the rare sunny days Edinburgh has to offer becomes a sun-trap, and as such a popular choice with the locals. They also offer a lovely food menu, including some Swedish favourites.
  • If you're a pizza fan, it doesn't get any better than La Favourita. The award-winning authentic Italian pizza-makers have a restaurant and takeaway on Leith Walk, as well as having now expanding across the city (including Portobello) - always a sure sign of demand for good food.
  • For something a bit out of the ordinary Los Cardos and their haggis burrito is a must. They do offer more classic Meixcan favourites as well, if haggis is not your thing. And it's said to be a favourite with Edinburgh author, Irvine Welsh.
  • The Portuguese custard tarts of Casa Amiga get reviews like no-other and are alone worth of trip. The Portuguese cafe also offers an array of cakes and great coffee, perfect for an afternoon breather, taking time to stop and watch the world go by.

 Local Catchment Schools

Primary Schools High Schools
Lorne Primary School Leith Academy
St Mary's RC Primary School Holy Rood RC High School

Please note: Catchment Schools serve only as a guide. For confirmation of Catchment School you can enter your address into the Edinburgh Council Catchment Area Maps.


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