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“Most historic town in Scotland”
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Owner description: Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the Grassmarket area is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and convivial areas of the city. A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket Edinburgh is simply bursting with some of the best shopping Edinburgh has to offer.Far more than simply a retail haven, the area is well known for being home to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh as well as some of the most vibrant and eclectic bars in Edinburgh. In fact the Grassmarket pubs, many with a history dating back to the notorious days of Burke and Hare, are known throughout the world for their exciting, dark Edinburgh history mixed with some of the best traditional food, ales and music in the city!The area's dramatic and intriguing history, well preserved cobbled streets, medieval architecture and inspiring views of Edinburgh Castle help to create an atmosphere unparalleled in Edinburgh, Scotland or indeed Europe.With so much to see and do it's easy to see why a visit to Edinburgh wouldn't be complete without shopping, dining, exploring in Edinburgh's beautiful Grassmarket.
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

If you visit Scotland then you must go to Edinburgh and stay near the Grassmarket area. This is the oldest part of Edinburgh near the Royal Mile. Great Scottish pubs, live music, history, delicious food and atmosphere.

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Greater_Grassmarket, Greater Grassmarket Team at Grassmarket, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Hi Jo! Thanks for your review, we're very proud of our heritage in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and it's great to see that others have enjoyed it as well. We also love our live music and so it's fantastic to hear that we could share that with you during your visit! Come again soon!

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Lots of Quirky shops...and a very pretty street. Came mid weeek so missed Saturday market. Mutts Nutts great for cards gifts and Xmas stocking gifts... Spent ages in Armstrong's vintage emporium and came away with a very happy teenage daughter who loves her vintage fashion ! Community cafe a great 'feel good' venue for coffee cake and conveniences ! Book shops fab for a browse . One shop made me smile with a note on the door that said 'back at 2...maybe'

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Greater_Grassmarket, Greater Grassmarket Team at Grassmarket, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Hi DanMaskell, Thank you for your review! We have one of the highest concentrations of independent shops in Edinburgh and it's brilliant to hear that you enjoyed them. It sounds like you spent your day exactly the way we would! Hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Hi All, Just to tell you about our trip to Edinburgh to celebrate our daughters 40th birthday. 20 people in attendence. Our first disappointment was in the Omni centre where we booked a meal in Nandos. Had to wait 45minutes so went for a drink in Wetherspoons to fill in the time. On being seated in Nandos and our orders taken we were told that we could not have a drink, for what reason I dont know. Not one of our party gave any trouble as we were all over thirty years of age. Our meal was served piece meal and was dry and overcooked. after leaving most of it we headed downtown to some streets off of Princes street. Apart from being grossly overpriced not one pub served a pint of beer (every lager you could think of though). Being 67 and 68 years of age and on great state pensions we went home early. had a great day on Saturday until we were told that the Grassmarket was a good place to go. What a dump no entertainment on anywhere except the White Hart which had one guy from Brisbane Austrailia playing a guitar. Again we searched every pub for a pint of beer and only one served McEwans. Again so overpriced that we had to take out a mortgage to buy a third drink. Being from Dublin I know what high prices are but here we were fleeced. Thank god for wetherspoons sooner the better they open a few more pubs. Overall we had a good trip but that was because we made our own fun. Have to commend the taxi drivers they were fantastic, as usual only GREEDY TRENDY PUBS spoiling a lovely city
Regards Jimmy Long

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Greater_Grassmarket, Greater Grassmarket Team at Grassmarket, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Hi Jimmy, We're very sorry that you had a disappointing time when you came to our area - our pubs try to offer something for everyone and we hope that if you visit again then you have a more positive experience. If you are looking for entertainment in the area again, we can recommend live music in Finnegan's Wake, Fiddler's Arms, Biddy Mulligans as well as the White Heart - they all have acts on most nights.

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Love the Grassmarket area. There are many great pubs and shops. The Saturday market is a favorite. Be sure and find Mademoiselle Macarons and get a taste of Paris in Edinburgh. Delightful! No trip to Grassmarket is complete until you've had a beer at The Last Drop. Fun and lots of energy in this area!

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Reviewed 25 February 2014

within walking distance from Grove Street, a good area to pass a few hours pleasantly. buzzing with activity of various visitors, and nice little shops and then walk on down to Prince' sstreet.

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