Edinburgh New Town & Leith: Student Venue Guide

Some of our favourite student venues in Edinburgh's New Town and Leith

Feature by Kate Pasola and Peter Simpson | 11 Sep 2017

1 Antigua St
0131 556 8337
One for the New Town-ers, Pomegranate serves up the tastiest mezze dishes drawn from Lebanese, Moroccan, Iranian and Saudi Arabian cuisine. It’s also BYOB, with no corkage charge. 

Stockbridge Market
1 Saunders St
A slice of upper-middle-class Edinburgh life, every Sunday the Stockbridge Market features a mix of street food, artisan products and other bits and pieces. We'd recommend a coffee from the Steampunk van, dumplings from Harajuku Kitchen, and looking out for incredibly posh puppies.

Twelve Triangles
90 Brunswick St
Doughnuts, motherfucker! Sorry, got a bit carried away there, but the point stands: 12T's doughnuts are incredible. The flavours are ever-changing, but the quality is a constant. Grab some great bread and pastries while you're there – you've almost certainly earned it. 

62 Elm Row
A tiny BYOB spot on Elm Row, Bodega's tacos are amazing. Get a big enough crew together (ie a couple of flats' worth of folk) and you can book out the whole place for an evening of delicious Mexican street food.

Joseph Pearce’s
23 Elm Row 
A relaxed and cosy Swedish café that’s the perfect stopping point for Leithers on their journeys to and from ‘town’. By night JP’s is a bohemian bar with a cool crowd powered by aquavit-based cocktails and Swedish cider.

The Stand Comedy Club
5 York Pl
The Stand Comedy Club is a good one if your ribs are needing tickled. Now, when we say this place is intimate, we really mean it. Turn up early to grab a safe seat, unless you’re okay with becoming front row joke-fodder.

Century General Store
1 Montrose Tce
On Abbeyhill, between Easter Road and Holyrood, Century General Store is part cafe and part lovely homeware shop. If you're in need of something to really make your Pollock room pop, or just want a mug that's special enough that no-one will dare nick it, this is the place.

21 St Stephen St
One of Edinburgh's best indie record stores, VoxBox offers a deceptively large stock of new and used records from bands from all over. They really step their game up every Record Store Day, teaming up with their Stockbridge neighbours for a series of free gigs and events.

Out Of The Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny St
Yep, we’re talking about an actual Drill Hall here. Funnily enough, it’s pretty well suited to its new purpose – a bustling hub of artistic creativity, with exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, flea markets and vintage fairs.

City Observatory & City Dome
A gallery committed to challenging conceptions of art, popular culture and social attitutdes, Collective specialise in far-reaching participatory and off-site projects. These include the Satellites Programme, Collective's annual opportunity by which emergent artists in Scotland can develop their technjical and critical skills.

The Pitt
125 Pitt St
Tucked away on an industrial backstreet in Leith, this food market opens up every weekend to offer up laidback vibes, live music, a cockle-warming atmosphere and an array of top notch street scran.

60 Henderson St
For years Edinburgh's veggies and vegans have gazed jealously at Glasgow's venerable veggie spots Mono, Stereo and The Flying Duck. Now, that deliciously animal-free awesomeness makes its way to Leith, with the former head chef at Mono heading up the kitchen. Good things await.