On the subject of food, Real Foods on Broughton Street is a great store with friendly staff that offers organic, raw and all-around healthy produce. They cater to vegans, vegetarians, those with specific dietary needs and health-conscious meat eaters. From frozen edamame beans to powdered wheatgrass and superfood juices, Real Foods has it all.
An oasis of calm in an otherwise busy city street. Last but not least, The Olive Branch Bistro. Their well-priced, seasonal menu and casual decor make for a great spot for a relaxed lunch. Maybe not together, though. Black Medicine Coffee Company is a great local spot opposite the glass front of the Festival Theatre offering teas, coffees and an array of home baking.
Their sandwiches and rolls are prepared off-site, so watch out if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements. Black Magic seems to have a buzz that no other coffee shop in Edinburgh can quite match, so do stop here if you can. Be careful not to miss it, as you need to go up a flight of stairs they do have disabled access.
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Try the soup for lunch one vegan, one meaty and fresh bread, and tuck into the fabulous retro decor of this bright, airy space. Their menu offers some of the freshest, tastiest sushi and Japanese cuisine found in town. The bistro is small, the decor is cosy, and the service is fast and friendly.
This half of the company is much the same as that located in the Grassmarket but a little smaller. Morningside and Bruntsfield have some real one-offs. The Little Bead Shop specialises in pretty glass beads, Fimo, findings, Swarovski, fresh water pearls and gorgeous silver clay for affordable prices. Not to be missed by those budding jewellers out there. Try their handmade chocolates the rose creams are good , and let them whip you up a fantastical ice-cream sundae as a perfect afternoon treat. Continuing with the chocolate theme, Coco of Bruntsfield may just change your life.
Suppliers of divine hot chocolates to Artisan Roast on Broughton Street, Coco of Bruntsfield elevates chocolate to a whole new level. Lavender hot chocolate? Bars of white chocolate with dried raspberries? Chocolate-making classes, great prices and lovely, knowledgeable staff? Yes, yes, yes. Montpeliers , found closer to Morningside, is highly unusual in the sense that it is part of a chain of eateries, bars and clubs but maintains its own individual character and a surprising level of quality.
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Brunch here is a truly wonderful experience. Try their soft, white morning roll stuffed with crisp Ayrshire bacon or their three-egg, brie, mushroom and caramelised onion omelette. Be sure to get there early though, as the queues are proof of the quality. Or tiffin. Or a cupcake. Or an oatmeal cookie. Or scones with clotted cream, jam and butter. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the clouds with the silver lining, cuckoo clocks galore and lovely mismatched china that makes tucking into afternoon tea or a morning treat a real pleasure.
This Italian restaurant is great not only because of its diverse yet authentic menu, but also because of its charming, somewhat modern interior and fantastic prices. Should you feel like taking in a movie, stop by The Dominion Cinema and revel in its twenties glam, art deco decor and cosy feel. Watching films has never been so luxurious!
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While this guide has tried its best to be as informative and interesting as possible, inevitably some great haunts will have been left out. Happy exploring!! This is a comprehensive city guide.
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Wish I had it back when I was visiting Edinburgh. We did go to the elephant house and I was surprised that they seemed to have a not-so-pleasant attitude toward J. Thank you so much for this! I lived in Edinburgh for a semester and recall many of these lovely place. What a great guide! Been to Edinburgh quite a few times, but now I have a whole new city to explore. Thankfully Im only a short train away!
Thanks so much :. By far my favourite part of Edinburgh is the New Town, with its grand georgian townhouses, city gardens and independent art galleries, Dean Valley a village in the middle of the city , Calton Hill with breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth and the city skyline, the Botanic Gardens. Edinburgh is a truly beautiful city, very diverse and with no European feel to it, you can walk to most of the places and spend days just wondering around and discovering new places.
He describes life in Edinburgh with meticulous details in a very entertaining way.
I adore Edinburgh. Armstrongs is indeed wonderful for vintage clothes. PS I would also recommend Eteaket for a beautiful cup of tea. Love love love the chocolate tree, wish i could go and test out this guide instead im stuck in the studio watching this beautiful city from the window, bring on the summer holidays and unemployment! I agree with Stephanie — a very comprehensive guide and I, too, wish my husband and I had this listing available to us when we were married in Edinburgh in October Such a lovely ancient city! I love Edinburgh, I used to live there, and now co-write a recipe blog with an Edinburgher friend!
Going on a tour of Scotland in May and this is just what I needed for our time in Edinburgh. Just got back from a weekend in Edinburgh and I absolutely loved it. I can see from this guide though that I missed a massive amount so I will be planning to return this summer and bs sure to have this guide handy! Thanks for the great post.
Edinburgh is an incredible , beautiful, and friendly city. I lament that I was only there for a couple of days. If you are there during Festival time in August, the St. There is also a Saturday flea market on the Grassmarket that has many treasures. I was in Edinburgh two years ago, and out of all of those places, I got to maybe five or six.
But this list just proves that i have to go back…. I went there in and still daydream about the city and the incredible hot cocoa that I had at Chocolate Soup. Thanks, Grace! Did Rich tell you I blogged about this? Yay thanks for a good guide! Can anyone recommend a budget friendly place to go? What a fantastic guide.