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Grassmarket
Grassmarket

Grassmarket

44 reviews
Shopping,Market
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The Grassmarket is an historic market square in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. In relation to the rest of the city the area is a hollow, well below surrounding ground levels. The Grassmarket is ... Read more
located directly south-east of Edinburgh Castle with the castle dominating views northwards from the space. It adjoins the Cowgate to the east, the West Bow (leading to Victoria Street) to the north-east, King's Stables Road to the north-west and the West Port to the west. Leading off the Grassmarket on its south-west corner is The Vennel, on the east side of which can still be seen some of the best remaining parts of the Flodden and Telfer city walls.

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Sydney, Australia

The market was on today. There were a bunch of street performers too. Loads happening. Wish there was more markets later at night

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Budapest, Hungary

Famous street with great bars and a nice view for the castle. Last drop is here

Recommended for:History Buffs
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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Great architecture and lots of pubs. A view of Edinburgh Castle. A few shops and close to Victoria Street. Great to spend the day shopping nearby then come here for drinks and pub grub

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A very popular area for folk who like their beer! Lots of lovely bars and restaurants. Great shops on Victoria Street. Very popular with stag and hen parties but don't let that put you off!

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Local from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Medieval Edinburgh buildings , restaurants, designer shops, vintage shops, weekly market, cool souvenir shops

Recommended for:FoodiesHistory Buffs
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Menlo Park, California, USA

Grassmarket is a public square in the old town where in the cities older days they held a big public market. Today it's home to pubs and quirky shops, and offers a fantastic view of the castle.

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Glasgow, UK

Tucked down an innocuous side street in the Old Town this square opens up to reveal a plethora of bars and restaurants and is a great place to go in search of some nightlife.

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Manchester

A fantastic place to visit and explore with the best public houses and restaurants small independent shops and just so much to do

Recommended for:History Buffs
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Nice place to take a stroll and window shop. Some great bars also including The Bow Bar which is one of my personal favorites.

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Los Altos, California, USA

The Grassmarket is the perfect area of town to get lost in when you first arrive in Edinburgh. The mix of pubs, antique books stores, vintage clothing shops and restaurants mean that you're sure to find something that will suit everyone's need. I particularly enjoyed wandering down West Port (where Herman Brown is located) and Candlemaker Row (for Hannah Zakari) since both streets shoot off of the Grassmarket.

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Local from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Great nightlife here - Lots of bars and restaurants, with views to the Castle

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Nice area of town with some fun pubs and shops. It's a great place to wander aimlessly, if you enjoy that sort of thing like I do!

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Reading, UK

The area below the castle. Very lively in the evening with lots of bars and restaurants.

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Calgary, Canada

Grassmarket and in particular, Victoria Street is worth a visit. Tours point out that a lot of hangings or lynchings happened in this area in the past. In any event, a good detour, just a block south of the Royal Mile near the Castle, for viewing the old buildings and colourful facades in the Old Town. There are lots of shops and pubs, and fewer tourists.

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Berlin, Germany

Some funky and fun shops on this road. My favorite was the Red Door Gallery which has prints and wares from local Edinburgh artists. Got some great souvenirs that people will actually love and use. Other than that, nothing really special but nice views of the castle.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Grassmarket seems to be the nightlife center of the city. There are lots of clubs and restaurants in this area.

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The Grassmarket is part of every Edinburgh tour, not necessarily for what exists now (other than a solid lunch spot). Rather, it's what the site use to contain: public executions. Edinburgh, despite its harmless sounding name (at least to me) actually has a fairly grisly past. The grassmarket sits at the epicenter of this past, as it played host to these executions until fairly recently.

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London, UK

Probably my favourite bit of Edinburgh with the pubs, shops and cobblestone streets. Good al fresco dining in summer and traditional mulled wine in pubs in winter. What's not to like?

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Livingston, West Lothian

A very popular part of town for its pubs the grass market is one of the oldest parts of the city with buildings up to six stories high. At the foot of Victoria Street, leading into the grassmarket stands a monument to the old hang mans gallows. History peering at you from every corner.

Recommended for:History Buffs
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Berlin

A character filled part of Edinburgh full of bars and restaurants as well as shops.

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