Cathedral Yard, Cathedral Close and neighbouring side streets provide a lovely setting in which to shop.
Cathedral Yard and Cathedral Close
Cathedral Yard has some classic independent fashion retailers such as award-winning gentlemen's outfitters Lugets. Elizabeth Ann and E Ridgeway & Sons Ltd are good places to find quality ladies shoes. Orvis provides some splendid ideas for elegant and useful gifts - whether you are treating yourself or someone else! Cadastre, a superb leather goods shop, is based in Mol's Coffee House at 1, Cathedral Close. Larger shops in the Cathedral area include Waterstones and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Castle Galleries in Cathedral Yard exhibits and sells work by Lorenzo Quinn, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood and others.
A newcomer to the area is The Hub on the Green - just off Cathedral Close. Aptly named, various events happen here regularly but it is often still open for passers by fancying a cup of tea and a cake in friendly surroundings. It is worth a visit just to see the ceiling in this historic building!
There is no shortage of places to eat in this area. In warmer months, dining outside is very popular. Or you could bring your own sandwiches for a picnic on Cathedral Green.
Side streets near the Cathedral
Martin's Lane is home of The Ship Inn (a favourite of Sir Francis Drake in the past) and contemporary jeweller Polkadot Precious. The Real Cornish Pasty Company and Michael Caines Boutique here both provide tempting treats for lunchtime.
On the edge of the Cathedral Quarter, South Street has many varied shops. Oxfam has three shops in one with special sections for books and music. Do go further down South Street to discover interesting shops like Se Marier, De Bora and Trugs. Restaurants here include El Bocado, George's Meeting Place and The White Hart Hotel.
Don't miss the Farmers' Market every Thursday from 9am until 2pm on the corner of South Street and Fore Street!