On any given Saturday throughout the year, locals and visitors can browse through the offerings from a variety of community farmer’s markets. The markets are located in several neighborhoods spread across the city, including Leith, the Grassmarket, Castle Terrace, and Stockbridge.
The neighborhood of Stockbridge, just north of the city center, earned its name from the planks of timber that were used as a bridge to cross the Water of Leith. In 1825, an architect by the name of Archibald Scott was commissioned to construct a structure that would house several market stalls and would service the adjoining tenements. This early market place was said to be modeled after the one located in Liverpool. The old market location can be found between St. Stephen Place and Hamilton Place. It remained in operation for over another 75 years.
Its eventual demise was due to several complaints about the market’s noise and odors. The market would cease operations in 1906. All that remains today of this Category “B” Listed building are the fluted Greek Doric columns, a detailed gas lamp fixture, and the words: “Stockbridge Market –Butcher Meat, Fresh Fruit, Fish & Poultry.”
Today, St Stephen Place is lined with posh art dealers and fashionable boutiques.
Know Before You Go
Though there is no market currently in existence today, the Grassmarket Market operates every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a pedestrian passageway that connects St Stephen Place to Hamilton Place. The area is open and permissible 24/7.