Neighbourhood Watch: Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Neighbourhood Watch: Broughton Street, Edinburgh

A guide to Edinburgh's hip gay hub

What’s it like?
A street full of bars, restaurants and delightful eateries nestled underneath old tenement flats. Ideal for stuffing your face full of food and hitting a pub with friends just a stone’s throw from the centre of the city.

Where’s it, like?
Just to the east of Edinburgh city centre, it’s about a two-minute walk from the St James’ Centre and five minutes down the hill from Princes Street.

Who’s from there?
Now, Broughton Street is a hub of pretty stylish gay bars at the centre of Edinburgh’s so-called ‘pink triangle’ but it was also once home to Scottish folk band Silly Wizard, if anyone remembers them. Gayfield Square police station in south Broughton is also the star (ish) of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus tales.

Why would I go there?
For the plethora of stylish LGBT joints, including the Blue Moon, which is allegedly the oldest gay café in the UK. L’Escargot Bleu does a mean pan-friend duck. For tasty sandwich fillings, there’s the New Town Deli and Broughton Deli just round the corner on Barony Street, or Something Fishy is a good shout for fresh sea-related goods. Wash it all down with some special vino from Villeneuve Wines or a fresh coffee from Artisan Roast. Head to Joey D’s for some bespoke vintage pieces (if you can fit into any of them after eating all that grub).

A Joey D
54 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Local designer Joey D's clothes are remade and recycled from old items of clothing. Boiler suits, army tunics and tweed jackets are embellished and tweaked into styles that vary from clubby to downright flamboyant. Make sure you take a wander through…
B L'Escargot Bleu
56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Scotland's abundant larder combines with classic French cooking in a much-loved central bistro.
C Broughton Delicatessen
7 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD
Bright, colourful deli café serving flatbreads, crêpes, tacos, tarts and delicious salads to a busy lunchtime crowd.
D New Town Deli
42 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
In its fifth year, New Town Deli doesn’t take success for granted, instead it’s enhancing its appeal. This friendly corner café/deli still centres its seating round a large table, with stools tucked alongside counter space that wraps around the windowed…
E Villeneuve Wines
49a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
With outlets in Edinburgh and Peebles and online ordering, Villeneuve Wines boasts more than 2,000 wines and 200 malt whiskies on its list, as well as all the ingredients for a rainbow of cocktails. The management pride themselves on keeping their…
F Artisan Roast
57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
Eight years ago, a dark, aromatic café on Broughton Street joined the crème de la crème of Edinburgh’s coffee drinking renaissance. Since then, Gustavo Pardo’s Artisan Roast has seeded two more espresso-sized cafes, in Bruntsfield in 2012, and early in…
G Something Fishy
16a Broughton St, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH
This traditional, independent fishmonger offers a large and varied selection of fresh fish – from monkfish, bass and bream, to pollack and salmon and a whole host of shellfish. They also produce their own delicious smoked salmon and haddock, which they…


1. Margaret Hills de Zárate27 Oct 2013, 1:13am Report

I enjoyed your article on Broughton Street BUT have you seen the top end of it recently??
Come and have a look. Its a terrible shame. This street is so special and it is being spoilt by litter and inadequate rubbish collection.

Petition: BLOT on Broughton Street, Edinburgh

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