The West End is right in the centre of Edinburgh. Brimming with stunning Georgian architecture, it is a wonderful place to live. With lots of cobbled streets, boutique shops, bars and restaurants it feels a million miles away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Haymarket area is thriving with commuters, tourists and shoppers heading into the centre of town from the airport of the west of the city.
What to Expect
The West End becomes alive after working hours when many people hit the bars. It is also the perfect spot to retire to after the end of a shopping spree for a coffee and cake.
The area has excellent transport links to the airport and out with the city via tram, bus or car.
What Not to Expect
Lots of high street shops. The area is known for its independent boutiques which is ideal for looking for something unique.
You'll Fall in Love With
The cobbled streets and beautiful Georgian buildings are amazing. There is a wonderful atmosphere when the rugby is on at Murrayfield as many of the revellers like to start in the West End and stop off at the pubs on the way to the stadium.
For dog lovers, there is a beautiful Dalmation that sits in the window of one of the boutiques in William Street.
Great Place to Go
EAT: Breakfast – Café milk, Lunch – “Burger” on Shandwick Place, Dinner – Chop Chop, French Le Marche Francais – great for a coffee and croissant, Sushi - Sushiya
DRINK: Jolly Botanist – Gin bar, The Melville bar
SHOP: G Boutique, Arkangel & Felon, Sam Brown
FITNESS: Glenogle Swim Centre
INDULGE: Technically classified as west end: Usher Hall, The Filmhouse, Royal Lyceum, Traverse Theatre
Bus Route, Tram Stops
Edinburgh’s trams pass through this area, making it an ideal location for commuters to grab a coffee into work. Haymarket and the west end is on route from the airport and an area that almost all tourists will travel through.
Haymarket station opened in 1842 as the original terminal between Edinburgh and Glasgow. West End can be thought of as the city's cultural centre.