Morningside has the unusual feel of a small cosmopolitan village and has a reputation as being one of the best places to live within Edinburgh. There is a mix of young professionals, wealthy families and students giving the place a unique buzz.
What to Expect
Weekly shopping needs are well catered for with a choice of four high-end supermarket brands and there are some great independent coffee houses for caffeine cravings. Local bars in Morningside, such as The Merlin, Montpelier’s and Nona’s Kitchen, serve great food, and to cater for a sweet tooth, Luca’s renowned ice cream is definitely worth a visit.
What Not to Expect
Don’t expect to be bored! Along with the array of local bars and restaurants, you can take in a film in the privately owned Dominion Cinema with its sofas and reclining seats, or take a trip to the Church Hill theatre for a live performance.
As the bars close at 1am, revellers prefer to use Morningside as a starting place before heading into the city centre to party the night away.
You'll Fall in Love With
The village-like atmosphere in Morningside and the relaxed pace of life of the local residents. The mix of traditional Victorian tenement buildings and the high end family homes also add to the cosmopolitan feeling of this historic area.
Great Place to Go
EAT: Nona’s Kitchen, Montpelliers, Pizza Express
DRINK: The Merlin, Montpellier’s, The Canny Mans
SHOP: Waitrose, M&S food, Starbucks, Costa
PLAY: Morningside Park
GROOM: Holly Blue, Moi Beauty
INDULGE: Bakery Andante
INSPIRE: Eric Liddle Cenre
Bus Routes, Tram Stops
Lothian bus services (5, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 23, 36, 38, 41, 45, N11, N16) bring people to Edinburgh Morningside from throughout the city whilst the Stagecoach service (101 & 102) offers routes to Morningside and Edinburgh city centre from Penicuik, Moffat, West Linton, and as far afield as Biggar and Dumfries.
Culturally, Morningside has always been a literary haven for renowned writers. Famed Scottish authors Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin live in the nearby Merchiston area and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling used to be based there. The author Dame Muriel Spark (1819 – 2006) also famously brought the area to life in her 1961 book “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, by having the eponymous heroine reside in Morningside.