It’s no secret that Leith is one of the coolest places to live in Edinburgh. The vibrant port district is home to top class restaurants, some of the city’s best bars, vast green spaces, independent shops and a great selection of property.

The Shore in Leith

Here are our top six reasons why Leith is such a popular place to live.

1. An excellent choice of homes

Whether you’re after a trendy flat in a modern development or a traditional tenement property or even a house with a garden, there’s a great selection of homes in Leith to suit all buyers.

2. Plenty of green spaces

And for those that opt for a flat, no need to worry about a lack of outdoor space with the vast green spaces of Leith Links, Pilrig Park and Montgomery Street Park in the area.

3. It’s great for cyclists

Plus, keen cyclists and runners can make use of the leafy Water of Leith walkway, which winds through the city centre right to Balerno. Or you can use the Restalrig Railway Path to head down to Portobello Beach.

4. Good public transport links

Leith is also home to great public transport links. Bus routes connect it all other parts of the city while Waverley train station is handily positioned at the eastern side of town, not far from the top of Leith Walk. The city’s tram route is currently being extended down Leith Walk to Newhaven – once the work is complete, Edinburgh Airport will be easy to get to.

5. Fantastic shops and supermarkets

There’s a great range of shops in the port district. From independent gift stores to vintage and charity shops to Lidl and Tesco superstores, you shouldn’t have to venture too far to get what you need. There’s even a weekly farmer’s market at Leith docks with food, crafts and more available.

6. A superb bar and restaurant scene

But one of the main reasons Leith is renowned as one of Edinburgh’s top places to live is the bar and restaurant scene. From Michelin star restaurants like Tom Kitchin to trendy drink and burger joints like The Lioness of Leith, it has it all. 

The Shore in particular is packed full of great eateries and drinking spots. And street food fans cannot miss The Pitt Market, on most weekends

Jordan Mackay, Branch Manager at Aberdein Considine, said: “Leith really does offer it all for the city dweller. With a vibrant history, Leith has seen a lot of regeneration over the years with the tram extension works now underway to connect the area even further. With its wide array of independent bistros, restaurants, bars and shops, Leith is hugely popular for those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Locals and visitors love to walk along the Water of Leith or in the large open spaces of Leith Links and Pilrig Park."

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