If you know me, or if you have been reading this blog for a little while now (if you’re the latter then thank you, by the way), you’ll know that Edinburgh is my favourite city in the World.
I have been visiting since I was a little girl and, despite the fact that I am not usually the biggest fan of busy cities, it’s a place where I feel very much at home.
I love the beauty of the buildings, the food, the atmosphere, the history. I could go on and on. So I feel pretty qualified to write this post for you, and recommend to you the things that I highly recommend doing if you ever find yourself in Edinburgh.
I have already written about my favourite places to eat in the city, so today I thought I’d let you know about some of the other bits that make up a great trip away.
Let me know if you’re a fan of anything in the city that I haven’t mentioned here in this post, because I am always on the look out for new things to try up there.
Places to Drink.
Now that I’m a bit older than the primary school age child that first visited Edinburgh, I can appreciate the plethora of places to drink that the city has to offer.
I have two main recommendations for this category, both a little bit different to the traditional Scottish pubs and bars that you can find all over the city (all of which, based on my experience, are cosy and friendly, and the perfect places to hide from the rain if you need to!).
First up, we have Brewhemia. Just opposite Waverley Train Station and hardly any distance at all from the Royal Mile, this place is a little bit fancy, but still somewhere that you can head to in your everyday clothes. It’s a clean, open and bright space that gets pretty busy of a late afternoon/evening. I can see why, and highly recommend Brewhemia if you’re after a civilised drink and snack after a day of tourist-ing.
I had (more than one) Edinburgh Gin with elderflower tonic and they went down a treat, and Luke loved being able to choose a beer that was stored in huge tanks positioned just above the bar. Top marks all round.
If you’re more of a cocktail drinker, try Bar Tonic. It’s a relatively small, cosy cocktail bar with a wonderfully eclectic menu. At the moment their drink offerings are based on childhood, and I can tell you that my ‘Keep the Change Ya Filthy Animal’ (gold chocolate coin included) and Luke’s ‘Elmo’s Havana a Great Time’ went down a treat.
If I hadn’t been so hungry and desperate for dinner at the time of our visit, I would have stayed at Bar Tonic for hours.
Places to Visit.
Every time Luke and I go to Edinburgh, we end up at the National Museum of Scotland. It’s a huge building, full to the brim with so many different exhibitions that you can look at, and in some cases interact with.
The museum is totally free to explore and you can spend as much or as little time there as you fancy. The place is easily big enough to fill your day, or you can pop in and out when you have some free time, which is what we tend to do.
The exhibitions are always changing, too, every year that we visit there is something new to see.
This year I decided that I wanted to go back to Holyrood Palace, which I remembered visiting and enjoying when I was a lot younger. I was not disappointed.
If you’re into history, Holyrood is a great place to visit. The house itself is beautiful, the history that comes with every room is seriously interesting, and the audioguide is informative without being too long. The palace is also situated just at the end of the Royal Mile and right in front of Arthur’s Seat, so there’s no need to travel any large distance to get to it.
Places to Snack.
We ate the majority of our main meals in the house this time around, which is pretty strange for us. Despite this, we did find a good few places for snacks and coffee (my favourite things) that I feel as though I need to tell you about.
First, Leo’s Beanery. We found this little gem in Stockbridge on our last day in Edinburgh, but if we had found it sooner I would have been making daily trips because the lattes were fabulous. Not to mention the adorable decor and delicious looking food offerings.
Leo’s was so good that I have recommended it to everyone I have seen since our trip who might possibly be heading up to Scotland at some point. Including you lot!
Another new discovery for us during this trip to Edinburgh was the Food and Flea Market. In my defence, this is a relatively new addition to the Edinburgh food scene and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t open during my last visit, so I’m not too late to the party!
We stumbled upon the Food and Flea Market on our way to Holyrood Palace, but stopped on our way back for some food. We shared hallumi and regular fries; I kind of wish I was hungrier at the time because I would have loved to try a full meal from any one of the stalls!
The market is situated right in front of a building site so I will be honest, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing location just yet. But I have high hopes for the finished product!
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post. I realise that I have been pretty lax over the summer but I’m hoping that heading back to uni this weekend will get me back into some kind of routine again.