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A Look Around.....the Grassmarket

Very few areas of any city combine the Greater Grassmarket's rich history with its 21st century vibe. Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Old Town, it's just perfect for exploring, shopping and relaxing – or even a spot of dancing.

Medieval architecture, castle views and winding cobbled streets – what more could you ask for when it comes to the historic part of a city? How about the White Hart Inn: one of Edinburgh's oldest traditional pubs, this inn has evidence of 'Rabbie' Burns frequenting it a few hundred years ago. Today, it hasn't lost its traditional feel with low ceilings and an open fire, and it's still packed with locals and visitors alike.

How about Fabhatrix: one of a number of unique and original designers who make and sell their wares in the area, owner and milliner Fawns Reid's fantastically wearable creations are a favourite with Scottish fashion editors and those dressing for a wedding alike. Nearby is vintage emporium Armstrong's and cashmere brand Hawick Cashmere is only a few doors away. Winding its way up Victoria Street, Totty Rocks is the brainchild of young designers Lynsey Blackburn and Holly Mitchell who are offering gorgeous and flattering womenswear.

Need a gift to take home with you? How about unique liqueurs and oils from Demijohn, all lovingly presented in stylish Italian glassware? Alternatively, there is Mr Wood's Fossils, truly a one-of-a-kind shop whose stock ranges from decorative ammonites to dinosaur teeth.

Hungry? You've come to the right place. Numerous cafes, bars and family-friendly eateries line the centre of the Grassmarket, most of which offer outdoor seating in the warmer months. For fine dining, there's long-time Scottish favourite The Grainstore on Victoria Street as well as Tang's Japanese Restaurant on Candlemaker Row, to name just two.