Spotlight On… Broughton, Edinburgh

As one of the most popular searches on Lettingweb, it’s easy to see why the area of Broughton in area is growing in demand. Check out our area guide to find out more.

Why live in Broughton, Edinburgh? The Broughton area can be found to the North East of Edinburgh City Centre, and West of Leith Walk. It is very popular with young professionals and students who’re looking for city centre living but without the high housing costs of the New Town.

Accommodation ranges from luxury flats to large HMO student flats, as well as secret mews cottages. Find flats to rent in Broughton here.

Bars, restaurants, delis and independent boutiques line Broughton Street, which make it a vibrant and well sought after area. It is a very popular choice for weekend meandering with some of the best brunch options and coffee shops in Edinburgh followed by a casual stroll down to the Botanical Gardens.

The Omni Centre is at the top of Broughton Street, where you’ll find a Vue Cinema, Virgin Active Gym as well as Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Tony Macaroni, Slug and Lettuce, Lloyds Bar, Cosmo Banquet Dining, Filling Station and the Glasshouse Hotel.

Broughton Street, Edinburgh

The downside? Parking is in high demand and is split between Permit Zone 2 and 6. As it is a central area, public green space and gardens are hard to come by, however Gayfield Square, popular in Rebus novels, provides a popular spot for BBQs and sunbathing during the summer.

Well connected? You couldn’t ask for better transport links than here. The tram terminus is located at York Place, at the top of Broughton Street, which can take you out to the airport and towards the West End of Edinburgh. There is also a wealth of bus options and Waverley Train Station is a short 15 minute walk from Broughton Street.

Schools: Broughton Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Drummond Community High School and St Thomas Of Aquin’s High School.

Where to check out:

Pickles – sit yourself down to enjoy a glass of your favourite wine and some tasty snacks in this cosy, affordable wine and cheese bar nestled at the end of Broughton St.

The Basement – you can’t go wrong with a visit to this a long-standing New Town eatery. The menu is packed with  Mexican food, a particularly good guacamole and a large selection of tequilas!


Coco Chocolatier – not just a chocolate shop! Why not book yourself into a tasting session or even the Coco cooking school to make some treats to take home.

The average rent of a 2 bed property in Broughton (EH3) is £1,131.

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