Brunswick Street

Hillside, Edinburgh

The corner of Brunswick Place (Leith Walk) and Brunswick Street

View to the south, from Leith Walk towards Hillside Crescent  -  August 2007

Cafe on the corner of Brunswick Street and Leith Walk  -  August 2007

©                                                                                                        Photograph taken August 23, 2007


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   Cafe on the corner of Brunswick Street and Leith Walk  -  August 2007 ©


Photograph 2007

Pavement Cafés

As recently as the 1980s there were very few pavement Cafés in Edinburgh.  Now there are many in the centre of the city, and others elsewhere in the city.  Here is one, about half a mile NE of the East End of Princes Street.

This view was taken from the top of an open-top bus travelling up Leith Walk.


Recollections  1

Yvonne Cain

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Yvonne Cain, now living in Australia, who wrote:


"I used to work in the café next door to the outdoor eating.  It was a little café.  I can't remember who owned it.

The red shop on the other side of the road red shop used to be a grocery.  You got broken biscuits and cheese.  The owner cut it with a cheese knife and you got some to taste -  and they did butter in pats.

All the stuff you bought was wrapped in heavy brown paper.

That would have been about 50 years ago.  Memories! You remember when you see things."

Yvonne Cain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  September 12, 2007


Recollections  2

David Robertson

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Within a few hours of adding Yvonne Cain's note (above) to the web site, I received another message from Australia.

David Robertson wrote


"In response to Yvonne Cain's recollection of Brunswick Street Café, if my memory serves me right, the Café was originally owned by Mr Pompa who lived in McDonald Road, who then sold it to Thomaso Crolla who returned to Italy and left the Café to his brother Alberto who is the current owner."


"The red shop on the corner, now Oddbins, was in my time, about 47 years ago, Whitelaws, a specialist grocers.

The shop that dispensed the broken biscuits was in fact Smiths, another grocer.  It was located in Elm Row next to Whitelaws."

David Robertson, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia:  September 15, 2007


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