Ashton Lane, the epitome of the West End has a village-like quality of tightly-packed low-rise older buildings on narrow streets, filled with small shops, bars, cafes and with a vibrant atmosphere - thanks to local colledge students who hang out around here. The Grosvenor Cinema has a bar and cafe with live music acts, vinyl-only music DJs in addition to the movie screens, and there are plenty of places to relax over cover and catch up with the email, or just read the paper and watch the people go by.
Each Sunday the Ashton Street Market fills the lane with an eclectic mix of stalls with crafts, artwork, homemade food goodies and a big selection of vintage clothing -a great way to spend a lazy afternoon after late breakfast at one of the cafes such as Radio. Even on cooler days the lane has warm and cozy places to hang out.
Also here, the Ubiquitous Chip has courtyard dining in a magical spaces, with fine dining or lighter brasserie fare or brunch in their bars, the mezzanine or the roof terrace. Besides the tradional Scottish food, they have periodic events for sampling a wide range of cuisines, wines and cultures.