Around Town: Mary’s Milk Bar – Edinburgh, Scotland

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There’s no better way to conclude a castle exploration than with creamy, delicious gelato. After roaming around Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, I descended the hundreds of stairs to the historic market place (Grassmarket) where Mary’s Milk Bar welcomes visitors with open doors.

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Mary’s Milk Bar is incredibly cozy and old-fashioned. Milk Bars, which promoted wholesome milky products, were popular in Britain between the 20s and 60s. Mary, who trained at Carpigiani Gelato University, makes sure all of her products are fresh. The chocolate she sells have a shelf life of no more than six months, and each week she offers new gelato flavors.

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I loved the Dark Chocolate gelato. It’s smooth and rich and tastes even better in a crunchy waffle cone. The best part about indulging in gelato at Mary’s Milk Bar? The insane view of Edinburgh Castle (which you can see in the background of the first photo).

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There are only a few tables at Mary’s Milk Bar, so if there isn’t room to sit, take your gelato to go and explore Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, and the other many winding streets in Edinburgh. It’s a gorgeous and historic city.

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Mary’s Milk Bar
19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, United Kingdom

Images by Lauren Jessen


15 thoughts on “Around Town: Mary’s Milk Bar – Edinburgh, Scotland

  1. I hope you had a lovely time in Edinburgh! I’m from Manchester, UK and I’m going to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival next week. I lived in Edinburgh for a month two years ago and walked up and down Grassmarket all the time but never went in Mary’s milk bar, I’ll have to check it out!

  2. I spent a week in Scotland in March! Started by trip in Edinburgh, then took a train to Inverness, then to Stirling, before spending my last last few days in Edinburgh once more. What a beautiful country and so much to see and do! Too bad I didn’t check out Mary’s Milk Bar while there. I did, however, make a couple stops to The Elephant House (where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter – their “mallow delight” is wonderful!) and then splurged on a beautiful piece of cake at the Patisserie Valerie. Also was brave enough to try haggis at Cawdor Tavern in Nairn. It’s not bad, but a little whisky on the side doesn’t hurt. 🙂

    • That sounds like such a great trip! You tried some great foods – haggis and whisky, not a bad combination :). The Elephant House was awesome to see. I didn’t try the food, but next time I’m there, I look forward to trying the “mallow delight.”

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