TRAVEL// A Locals guide to Edinburgh
Where’s your favourite area in the city and why?
I would say Leith because I like how relaxed it is there with the coffee shops/restaurants that are opening up along with the art and design scene.
What would you say is Edinburgh’s best kept secret?
It’s definitely not a secret but I do love Dean Village. It’s such a little gem right in the heart of the city and I’ve never seen anything like it elsewhere.
When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, where do you head to?
Recently (before the pandemic) my friend and I drove to Tyninghame Beach and it was absolutely lovely- the beach itself was beautiful and there’s a path through the forest to get to it. A great place to calm the mind.
When in need of a little retail therapy, where do you head to?
I absolutely adore Life Story (homeware and design) and it was one of the first shops I found when I moved to Edinburgh. They have the best gifts too. Otherwise, all the other small shops along Broughton Street are great, such as Curious and Curiouser and Narcissus for flowers.
Are there any hidden gems you can recommend?
Places to eat: Grams for breakfast, Polentoni for brunch, Bodega for lunch, Dirty for takeaway burgers, Twelve Triangles for pastries/breads/coffees and The Lookout for dinner. Drink: a newish wine bar that’s recently opened is Spry Wines which have the absolute best wines and small plates of food. One of my new favourite spots in Edinburgh. Atmosphere: The Pitt, for sure! It also doubles as a music venue.
What are your top 3 tips for visiting the city?
1. If you want to avoid crowds come in September right after the Fringe. Prices for accommodation are better, too.
2. If you love Christmas do not miss coming to Edinburgh when the Christmas markets are open! It’s honestly one of the biggest and best markets I’ve been to.
3. Bring a good pair of shoes for walking in, especially if you want to hike up Arthur’s Seat. Also, don’t forget an umbrella because Scotland is a rainy place after all!
When is your favourite time of year in the city and why?
It’s a bit of a cliché but I do love Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival just because of the atmosphere and energy. Suddenly the city becomes so alive and there’s something new to do every single day and night.
Edinburgh’s Best Bits;
Where do you go for…
Dinner: The Lookout or Timberyard
Drinks: Spry or Good Brothers wine bar
A little culture: Any museum!
A pamper session: Method in Stockbridge
Push the boat out luxury hotel: I’m not a huge “luxury” person but I would say Eden Locke since the design aspect is top notch
Somewhere to stay which is a little more budget friendly: Cool Airbnbs in the New Town or Leith
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