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1628. (prepara­tory, co-ed) is fash­ion­able with the New Town fi­nance set and par­ents pay over the odds to live in the catch­ments of es­teemed pri­mary schools

South Morn­ing­side Pri­mary Sci­ennes St Mary’s

and and

Butcher, baker, cof­fee maker

I. J. Mel­lis Crom­bies


on the south side in the New Town. for cheese, for award-win­ning sausages—and for fish, plus Scot­land’s old­est deli, one needn’t darken the doors of a su­per­mar­ket.

There are proper pubs—greyfri­ars Bobby, The Bailie, The Blind Poet—and revered restau­rants such as The Witch­ery by the Cas­tle, The Hon­ours in New Town and the trendy Gar­dener’s Cot­tage. There’s a growing gas­tropub scene led by

in Stock­bridge.

Scran & Scal­lie Out and about

As well as host­ing the world’s largest arts fes­ti­val each Au­gust, Ed­in­burgh has a science fes­ti­val in April, a film fes­ti­val in June, a jazz and blues fes­ti­val in July and a short­film fes­ti­val (Oc­to­ber 26 to Novem­ber 6). The Royal Botanic Gar­den has open-air cinema nights in Septem­ber (www.thelu­nacin­ema. com) and Ed­in­burgh Doors Open Days (to­day and to­mor­row) give a chance to visit build­ings that are usually closed to the pub­lic. There’s also an art and street­food mar­ket in Stock­bridge ev­ery Sun­day and rugby at Mur­ray­field through­out the au­tumn.

Hyde Park home­sick

For man­i­cured per­fec­tion, there’s the Royal Botanic Gar­den and Princes Street Gar­dens. To feel the wind in your hair, climb up Arthur’s Seat or Cal­ton Hill —both have ex­ten­sive views across the Firth of Forth. The Mead­ows, near the uni­ver­sity, makes a pic­turesque pic­nic spot.

Need to know

Now the tram network is up and run­ning and the air­port has un­der­gone a £50 mil­lion ex­pan­sion, the fo­cus is on large-scale prop­erty de­vel­op­ments. Hay­mar­ket and Waver­ley sta­tions are be­ing re­designed to in­clude of­fices, ho­tels, bars and restau­rants and a new canal­side res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity is com­ing to­gether at In­dia Quay (­

The over­haul of the dated St James shop­ping cen­tre in the city cen­tre (www.ed­in­burgh­st­james. com) into a lux­ury mall, five-star ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion and 250 apart­ments is one of the largest re­gen­er­a­tion projects un­der way in Bri­tain.

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