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Visiting Edinburgh

Things to eat and drink

  • Places close to Waverley Station for when you’ve just tumbled off the train or airport bus and you’re starving: Baba Budan in The Arches has fantastic donuts and coffee, The Milkman on Cockburn Street also has great coffee, Mimi’s Bakehouse at the City Arts Centre has good cakes and  The Doric pub does a great burger. On the Princes Street side, the Guildford Arms is beautiful pub with nice food and ales a’plenty.
  • If you want visual food inspiration don’t miss Miss Piggy’s Instagram feed.
  • Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket has fantastic gelato with creative and tasty seasonal flavours, all with lovely views of Edinburgh Castle. Whatever time of year you’re visiting, go! The hot chocolate is ace, too.
  • My favourite breakfasts are Loudons (New Waverly or Fountainbridge) or Edinburgh Larder Cafe, just off the Royal Mile.
  • For good cake and coffee head to Lovecrumbs. The cake wardrobe has to be seen to be believed!
  • The best burgers and amazing chocolate shakes are at The Cambridge Bar.
  • Superb coffee and lovely Scandi treats at Peter’s Yard.
  • Speaking of coffee, check out the Scotland Coffee Lovers which has an app with the best coffees in town (now covering all of Scotland).
  • My old favourite cheap and cheerful haunts include: Chop Chop in Haymarket and Mum’s Comfort Food in Forrest Road.
  • For a posh treat, try afternoon tea at The Balmoral hotel.
  • Cuckoo do the best cupcakes.
  • Spice Pavilion has fantastic Indian food and very welcoming service.
  • Vegetarian food: You can’t go wrong at the salad bar at Hendersons on Hanover Street or David Bann.

You want things to do that aren’t just eating? Oh.

Things to do

Where to stay

I love the new breed of budget-yet-stylish hotels that are popping up. Either of the two Motel Ones are in great locations, as I also like the new Premier Inn Hub – great location and those tiny rooms as so cleverly designed. Otherwise, AirBnB or Booking.com is your friend.

The rest of the country

Don’t forget the rest of the country – it rules!

If your time is limited and you don’t want to hire a car to explore the country, Rabbies and Haggis Tours offer great day or longer trips from Edinburgh, which can give you a good introduction to the highlights. Skye and the Highlands would be my first port of call.

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