“Edinburgh is a city which encourages you to think about what a city is” Murdo MacDonald
With the bright modernity of the New town contrasting beautifully with the cobbled Old Town streets, Edinburgh offers something for everyone. Rest assured you will discover something new each time you visit. It would be impossible to fit all of our recommendations into a single post without it being a mile and a half long, so here we have compiled our top things to do during your next trip to Edinburgh.
“Edinburgh is alive with words.” Sara Sheridan
Edinburgh is a city steeped in history with the literature to reflect it. The many bookshops sprinkled throughout its streets are a celebration of this. To truly discover this city, pay a visit to some of the most intriguing bookshops:
- The Old Town Bookshop: An established bookshop for over 30 years, this gem is tucked into the historical beauty of Victoria Street and filled with a wide range of antique books.
- Word Power Books: Get topical on West Nicolson Street with a range of alternative opinions on everything from the Government to gender stereotyping.
- Golden Hare Books: Be enchanted by this quirky little bookshop in Stockbridge. A delight for bookworms of all ages.
- Armchair Books: The essence of Edinburgh reveals itself in this Grassmarket treasure trove. Filled to the brim with an eclectic collection, lose yourself in the literary labyrinth.
Edinburgh is home to some of the best places for foodies. From top restaurants to quaint cafes, here are our top picks for breakfast, lunch and dinner:
- Mimi’s Bakehouse: Offering the best French toast in town, Mimi’s has a café at The Shore and a small picnic parlour in the Canongate. They’re also well known for their incredible cakes.
- Cuckoos Bakery: For those with a sweet tooth, welcome to heaven. Visit the Dundas Street bakery or shop in Bruntsfield for a quick bite.
- The Riparian Rooms: Tantalise your tastebuds with the incredible lunch and dinner menu offered at the Riparian Rooms, East London Street.
- VDeep: Curry and beer with a difference. This restaurant on The Shore gives Indian food a fresh twist and offers a wide variety of craft beers to wash it down with.
Fore! Whilst you may be battling against the weather in the colder months, Edinburgh golf courses offer something a little bit different for all players. Whether working on your short game or going for that ace, here are our suggestions for a day on the course:
- Bruntsfield links: Set against the stunning backdrop overlooking the Firth and Forth, the Bruntsfield Links is one of the most prestigious golf courses the city has to offer.
- Prestonfield Golf Club: A short walk from Princes Street, nestled under the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, this is the top spot for testing your skills and it’s open all year round.
- Merchants of Edinburgh: This is one for the thinkers, keeping you on your toes with various twists and turns.
- Duddingston Golf Club: Even if you don’t play golf, it’s worth the short trip just for the stunning scenery surrounding this magnificent course.
“Coming back to Edinburgh is like coming home.” Charles Dickens