One of Edinburgh’s best-kept secrets is just off the beaten path, literally. Just a five-minute walk from Princes Street lies Dean Village, an architectural oasis and a true hidden gem. This former mill town is situated along the picturesque Water of Leith, which powered the many grain mills that once made this a thriving industrial hub. While the mills themselves are all gone, eagle-eyed visitors can still see their impact. Millstones and plaques decorated with pies and cakes dot the area and the Well Court lies at the heart of the village, where it used to house many of the village’s mill workers. Now, the village is a highly sought-after residential area and a blissful oasis in the heart of the city. Take a leisurely stroll through the village, making sure to take in the famous Dean Bridge.