Ok, we may be slightly biased but Leith was recently named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out! The Bohemia studio has been based in Leith, Edinburgh for the past 8 years and we love its creative energy and strong community spirit.
Leith is on the north coast of Edinburgh and was once a thriving port and docks. With a rich history of trade and culture it was known for its lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere - at one point it had the most cinemas in Europe! More recently Leith was made famous by Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting and the film Sunshine of Leith. Today Leith has a vibrant and diverse community and is home to many artisans and independent businesses.
Over the past couple of years we’ve seen lots of new independents open in the area, adding to the strong mix of established and well loved bars, cafes and venues. Here are just a few of our favourite places to eat, shop and drink in Leith.
Images above: Finn & Bear
Finn & Bear - A great brunch spot by the Shore overlooking the harbour. Run by the people who own award winning The Pantry. Pub quiz on a Tuesday! finnandbear.co.uk
Hideout Cafe - We can never resist the layered honey cake in this tucked away cafe with an awesome collection of retro tape players. thehideoutcafe.co.uk
Twelve Triangles - Find delicious artisan bread, pastries and doughnuts (with incredible fillings like blackcurrant + violet), in this plant filled bakery and coffee shop on Duke Street. twelvetriangles.com
Leith Depot - Grab a pint in this live music venue and all round community hub. Leith Depot has an uncertain future as property developers have recently bought the 1930s tram depot building it currently occupies. The ongoing Save Leith Walk campaign has done a huge amount of work so far to save the building from demolition. leithdepot.com
Image above left: Aurora. Image above right: The Hideout Cafe
The Roseleaf - A cosy, laid back traditional style pub with a vintage vibe and hearty menu. www.roseleaf.co.uk
Aurora Modern Eatery - Just around the corner from our studio, this little gem of a restaurant uses locally sourced and seasonal produce and serves up high end food at very reasonable prices. Keep an eye out for their special tasting menus. www.auroraedinburgh.co.uk
Leith Market - On every Saturday, this little bustling market always has an interesting mix of food and handmade goods (including artisanal dog treats!) from local independent traders. www.stockbridgemarket.com/leith
Out of the Blue Drill Hall - Artist studios, cafe and events space with regular exhibitions and events including pop up markets and film screenings. www.outoftheblue.org.uk
Sicilian Pastry Shop - Tucked away just off Leith Walk, this is possibly one of the best places in Edinburgh to buy a sweet treat or birthday cake! Sicilian Pastry Shop.