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EDINBURGH’S HIDDEN GEMS!

Edinburgh’s hidden gems…

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMSLove 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!

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

2. BEARDED BAKER – for great coffee, doughnuts and smashed avo.

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

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.

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

5. UMI – forget that chain that’s on the tip of your tongue…UMI has the best ramen in town bar none!

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

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!

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

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.

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

 

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.

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

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!

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMSNB…this is North Berwick harbour and not another coffee photo…of which I have many…#addict

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.

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

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!

EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN GEMS

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.”

COSMO EDINBURGH…ALL YOU CAN EAT?

Cosmo Edinburgh, we’re coming for you!

COSMO EDINBURGHWhen you’re offered all you can eat within seconds of your front door what’s a girl gotta do….the fam were super excited at the prospect so off we went to hit up Cosmo Edinburgh which quite literally is ‘on our doorstep’.

The excitement of an all you can eat buffet was twofold. For Mini, he just couldn’t believe that you can keep going back for more, and more. For me, I just couldn’t believe he could eat that many gyozas in one day.

COSMO EDINBURGH

Cosmo, otherwise known as a Pan Asian restaurant and in some quarters (google), the ‘World Buffet restaurant’ has a great selection of cooking stations from quite literally, all over the world. What soon becomes apparent when entering Cosmo is that mostly people are here to eat Chinese food, Japanese Teppanyaki and an indian buffet spread. Continue reading

HAWKSMOOR EDINBURGH

Hawksmoor Edinburgh

In a nutshell

Renowned steak restaurant, Hawksmoor has thrown open its doors in Scotland’s capital city in a Grade-A listed building. The former banking hall, which has been closed off to the public for decades, has been refurbished to celebrate the building’s original features.


What’s the vibe?

Expect spectacular, original art deco interiors – vintage furniture, light fittings and ironmongery have been sourced from all over the world in order to create an incredible dining room.

hawksmoor edinburgh

What’s the food like at Hawksmoor Edinburgh?

Like all Hawksmoors before it (there are several in London and Manchester) the kitchen team source the finest ingredients and produce they can. Here, of course, they make the most of Scotland’s impeccably rich larder.

Seafood comes from around the Scottish coast and beef from grass-fed native breed cattle, both north and south of the border. There are much smaller suppliers reflected on the menu, too, including sourdough from a local Edinburgh bakery.

Hand-dived scallops

READ OUR FULL REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAG HERE!

Hawksmoor Edinburgh
23 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA

THE RESTORATION CAFE, DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE RESTORATION CAFE

the restoration cafe dalkeith

The Restoration Cafe, what a lovely place to be brunching. We’ve had weeks, months, years of brunch practice to be fair and if brunch was in the Olympics…well, you know what we’re going to say.

Anyway, a brunch invite pinged in from the delightful folk at the Restoration Cafe at Dalkeith Country Park so we took them up on it and enjoyed a leisurely Sunday, brunching, walking and zipping down the flying fox in the kids adventure playground. Fresh air, vast open spaces yet only 20 minutes from the city centre. It’s a great escape from the city and has something for everyone.

First, the brunch. Don’t ask me anything until I’ve had a flat white.

the restoration cafe dalkeith
the restoration cafe dalkeith
OK, now we can get on with it…

If you love a cooked brekki you’ll be in very good hands. The full breakfast was plentiful. If we’re honest it was a little too meat heavy for us but the meat in question was top quality, delicious, and locally sourced (much of it from the Buccleuch Estates)  – haggis, sausage, bacon AND black pudding, it was all there. Poached egg was on point, a tomato and potato scone filled the plate. Missing, we felt, were beans and mushrooms and a teeny bit of green – spinach – would not have gone amiss. That aside it hit the spot plus there was toast on the side too! Mr M was happy.

Me? I opted for pancakes, it’s an obsession and I tend to have them wherever we go brunching plus make them at home too. The bar is high!  These were light and fluffy, and adorned with delicious bacon, black pudding,  and drizzled with a maple, apple and grain mustard dressing.
the restoration cafe dalkeith
the restoration cafe dalkeith

Other options including 3 different Eggs Benny, waffles with smoked salmon, a granola, fruit and yoghurt dish, plus the obligatory smashed avo.  All sound delicious.

Bellies full we headed across to Fort Douglas and literally flung ourselves around the playground with Mini Monkfish. Flying foxes, slides, tree houses, climbing walls, tunnels and bundles of fun. And ice cream too…
the restoration cafe dalkeiththe restoration cafe dalkeith
I then dragged them off around the Dalkeith estate to take in the fresh air, the views, the animals and a sneaky forage of the blackberry bushes. And of course we did a spot of retail therapy at the awesome Restoration Yard shop. If you’ve not been you must, but your bank balance will take a definite hit, you’ve been warned….

the restoration cafe dalkeith

Top Sunday all round.

Restoration Cafe
Dalkeith Country Park
Edinburgh
EH22 1ST

 

 

THE FISHMARKET NEWHAVEN

The Fishmarket Newhaven

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The Fishmarket Newhaven, a modern seaside-eating house, has been created by two stalwarts of the Edinburgh seafood scene – Gary Welch, owner of Welch Fishmongers, and Roy Brett, chef patron of renowned fish restaurant Ondine.


What’s the vibe?

The Fishmarket shouts “seaside” inside and out. It’s based in the old fishmarket in Newhaven which dates back to 1896 and was previously a filleting unit for Welch’s Fishmongers next door. It’s been transformed in to a takeaway chippie and a sit-down restaurant with white-tiled walls, an unrivalled view of the sea and front-of-house staff wearing breton t-shirts.

What’s the food like?

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At the takeaway, traditional battered, breaded or grilled fish comes in standard, large or ‘whale’ size. There’s haddock, cod, sole or a choice of crispy squid, scampi or monkfish. Classic sides of mushy peas, tartare sauce and buttered bread rolls and there’s even ‘wee haddie’ for the kids. Batter is light and crispy and the fish melts in the mouth.

TO READ OUR FULL REVIEW PLEASE HEAD OVER TO OLIVE MAGAZINE HERE…

The Fishmarket23A Pier Place, Newhaven, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP

Photography Jessica Shurte