Spring In Edinburgh

Following on from the Edinbugh from Up High walking post on Wednesday, I’m sharing some more places to visit in Edinburgh. We spent 4 days in the city and were incredibly lucky with the weather. It was so Spring like I got freckles! Here are a few things we got up to including some recommendations for the tastiest places to eat in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh-Airport Walking-Salisbury-Crags

Of course we did some really touristy things like visiting Edinburgh Castle. The views are great if you have a clear day and you can watch the 1pm canon being fired over the city rooftops each day except Sundays. Top tip – visit the whisky gift shop to find the Ludicrously Good Fudge. Totally amazing and worth breaking the diet for.

Edinburgh-Castle Edinburgh-Castle-Spring

One day we took a walk to Dean Village (needed to burn off the fudge) and wandered along the Water of Leith Walkway. On a sunny day this is so beautiful and I can imagine when the trees are leafy green it is even more picturesque. We walked home via Stockbridge to find a local food market and lots of places to eat and drink.

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Beyond Dean Village, we also found the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art which had a lovely little cafe serving lovely BIG slices of cake. We didn’t stop here for long but I hope we can visit again.

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We basically ate our way around the city enjoying haggis and even a deep fried mars bar for a novelty late night snack. Our friend took us to Urban Angel for one of the best brunches I have ever had. It gets pretty busy so we had to wait a while for a table but it was VERY good. They serve plenty of juices, fresh salads and cake too.

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Other notable places to eat and drink were the hipster coffee shop Artisan Roast on Broughton Street, Civerinos Italian Street Food (never seen pizza like it) and El Cartel for the best tacos and enchilladas I’ve ever had.

Artisan-Roastery-Edinburgh

Bars were a pretty cool affair in Edinburgh. The first was Panda and Sons which looks like an old school barbers shop from the outside. Head down a staircase and open a bookcase to find an underground bar. We also sampled some delicious cocktails at the Lucky Liquor Co which were topped with marshmallows and served alongside an Elton John album or two.

One last highlight was the Coco Chocolatiers shop which sells delicious handmade chocolate wrapped in the most beautiful paper packaging. We may have gone back for a second trip as it was that good and being a stationery geek I was really drawn in by the patterned papers. Totally going to be shopping via their online shop at Christmas time as I think their bars will make great gifts.

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We had a fantastic time in the city and found the locals to be so friendly and helpful. This time I missed the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, but I think it might be worth a trip back up to Scotland to stock up on wool and maybe take a highlands road trip one day!

Oh and of course I did some bikespotting in Edinburgh! Not sure I could manage to cycle there with all those hills……

Bikespotting-Edinburgh

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