The Calton district forms part of the Edinburgh's historic Old Town, which lies between the Palace of Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle. It is home to St. Andrews House, an Art-deco influenced building, which is used by the Scottish Government. Houses in Calton are a mix of substantial, traditional terraced houses, tenements dating back to the 17th century and more modern developments. Calton Hill offers dramatic views over the Firth of Forth to Fife and is a popular location for watching the various firework events that take place in Edinburgh each year.
The area is full of intriguing shops and restaurants and is well placed for access to the City Centre. Day to day shopping is available at Abbeyhill, Easter Road and Meadowbank Retail Park.
For the commuter, a frequent public transport system passes along the main road providing regular services to the City Centre and surrounding areas.
For a more local perspective on Calton, we asked the views of local architect Sandy Anderson (block 9 architects) who lives in the area.
Favourite watering hole: The Regent - the straight-friendliest gay bar in town
Favourite place for eating and why: Rivage on Easter Road - Excellent authentic Indian food, with friendly staff and great prices.
Best takeaway and why: You don't need takeaway if you can cook the basics as there's so many diverse local shops, but if my arm was twisted, Rivage on Easter Road every time.
An interesting fact about the area: Unlike most Mews in Edinburgh, the urban form of Carlton Terrace Mews is not a narrow street layout . It is unique in shape due to the geography of Calton Hill and the surrounding terraces. The triangular layout lends itself to an open courtyard which encourages an open and friendly community atmosphere. All our neighbours are very sociable, friendly and look out for one another (a huge difference to our last 12 years located in central London whereI never met my neighbours). The Mews was built entirely from the discarded stone and spoil from the houses on Regent / Royal / Carlton Terrace.
What I love the most: It's a little slice of the countryside in the heart of the City, especially Regent gardens (private for Terrace and Mews residents only - sorry). When stood inside the Mews, the large terrace buildings buffer the rumble of City traffic, giving it a very rural ambience.
What outdoor/ indoor activity that you would recommend that the area has: Climbing Calton Hill, or if you're more adventurous, Salisbury Craggs and Arthur Seat on a sunny day - by far the best views of Edinburgh
Favourite local business:
- Baker - Mana Deli on Easter Road - best bread & cakes in Edinburgh
- Butcher Crombies of Edinburgh on Broughton Street
- Veg - Planet Asia in Norton Park (& for obscure rare Indian ingredients)
- Fish - Something Fishy on Broughton Street,
- Oriental - Hing Sing on Leith Walk for all oriental ingredients
Best kept secret about the area: The annual street Ceilidh in our Mews - every 3rd Saturday in August
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