Edinburgh’s hidden gems…
Love Edinburgh? Almost every day I feel like I’m on holiday in our beautiful city even though I’ve lived here for eons. I know I’m lucky. Edinburgh must be one of the best places to live, not just for its history and culture (hello festival time!) but for me, its because its food and drink scene which is unbelievably good. And it’s getting better all the time.
I would never have started this blog if I didn’t live in Edinburgh. Every day there are new things to find, new places to go, new tastes to try and plenty of coffee to keep you going! So I thought it was about time to share ‘Edinburgh’s hidden gems’ (where I like to hang)…of which there are many. Hopefully I can tell you how to immerse yourself inside the real guts of Edinburgh by staying off the beaten track and away from the tourist hot spots. I’ve collaborated on this post with hotels in Edinburgh and have kindly agreed to divulge some super secret stuff so if you’re visiting Edinburgh soon take the list below with you. You can thank me later (and tag me on Instagram?).
All of my recommends are wallet friendly and all of them are within walking distance if you’re staying pretty central. Even if you’re not then a bus or a tram will get you there!
HERE ARE MY EDINBURGH HIDDEN GEMS
1.TWELVE TRIANGLES – for flat whites, pastries, cardamom buns and sourdough to take home, toast, and serve with lashings of butter!
2. BEARDED BAKER – for great coffee, doughnuts and smashed avo.
3. GOLDEN HARE BOOKS – for perfectly curated books, a great kids section, and events/book readings. You won’t leave empty handed.
4. THE PANTRY STOCKBRIDGE – the ONLY weekend brunch spot, always a queue, get there early as you can’t book tables.
5. UMI – forget that chain that’s on the tip of your tongue…UMI has the best ramen in town bar none!
6. DOVECOT STUDIOS – for a spot of design culture. Showing great exhibitions (currently Orla Kiely, A Life in Pattern….coming soon Grayson Perry) and it used to house a Victorian Swimming Pool! Pop into the cafe because it’s run by The Pantry (see No. 4 above) Win Win!
7. MILKMAN – another great coffee spot, perfect outside seating to watch the world go by just off the madness of the Royal Mile. Order an oat milk iced latte and enjoy the people watching.
8. FRUITMARKET – a gallery, cafe and shop, which curates some fabulous design books and gifts. If you’re looking for a present you’ll find it here.
9. AIZLE – bag a table here (you’ll need to forward plan) for one of the most under-rated restaurants in town. A firm favourite for treat night.
10. THE PITT MARKET – hop on a bus down Leith Walk and head to Pitt Street where every weekend you’ll find a street food market that wouldn’t look out of place in Dalston. The right amount of traders, beer, seating and live music. It’s THE place to hang out at the weekend.
11. BUFF – got time for some pampering while you’re in town? Head to BUFF nail bar on Market Street for the finest nail art in Edinburgh.
12. BROCHAN – a hop, skip and a jump across the meadows will bring you to Brochan where porridge bowls are served all day. Dairy free, made with love, and the prettiest ‘instagram-able’ porridge in town.
13. CENTURY GENERAL STORE – more coffee (do you need any more?) and fab weekend brunch. Situated in Abbey Hill in the East End of town you’re a stones throw from Arthur’s Seat so fuel up and get ready to climb!
14. STOCKBRIDGE MARKET – Sunday only so plan your weekend around it. Great street food including the awesome gyoza from HARAJUKU kitchen, coffee from STEAMPUNK or the BEARDED BAKER, and you can pick up some local produce to take home – jams, chutneys, cheese, smoked salmon, gin, cheese, bakery items and more!
15. TING THAI CARAVAN – Thai street food at it’s best. Cash only. Grab a box of noodles and head to the Meadows for a picnic if you can’t get a table. There’s usually a queue out the door.
16. SUMMERHALL – a venue in it’s own right but it hosts plenty of festival shows and events too. With it’s own ‘pub’ in the courtyard you could spend a few hours here and even visit the Pickerings Gin distillery which is based here too.
17. STEAMPUNK (North Berwick) – if you’ve got time hop on a train at Waverly and take the 25 minute journey to North Berwick. A fab seaside town with an amazing local community, a great High Street and a visit isn’t complete without a coffee and cake at Steampunk. Sit outside on long benches and soak up the sun!
18. 27 ELLIOTTS – lemony fried eggs on sourdough with greens, need I say more?! Jess Dennison opened up her wee cafe last year and is also the author of Salad Days. It’s a beautiful space and worth spending an hour of your time for sure.
19. BROSS BAGELS – no list would be complete without mentioning Bross Bagels! Leith, West End, and Portobello would be poorer places without these bagel joints. I’ll leave it there. Head STRAIGHT TO INSTAGRAM to see what I’m talking about then get yourself there, pronto!
I love prime numbers so i’m going to leave it there at n-n-n-n-nineteen. I think that is more than enough to be going on with. In fact, looks like you’ll just have to come back for another visit soon. ENJOY!
“The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.”