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15 of my favourite things to do in Edinburgh

This post was massively inspired by the recent BuzzFeed article to spread around the Internet titled: '53 reasons living in Edinburgh ruins you for life'. The article lists all of all the amazing things the city has to offer and how your life is ruined because nowhere else will ever compare if you've lived here! I was going to pick a few of my favourite points from the article but there are far too many! 

So here are 15 of my favourite things to see and do in the city:

1. Drink sherbet martinis, complete with the dip-dab lolly that they're served with, at Treacle on Broughton Street. Definitely my favourite cocktail.

2. Enjoy the perfect views of the city from all sides of Calton Hill, especially the views over Leith to the sea and Fife. Bonus if you're up there when the sun is setting.

3. Eat the huge slices of gorgeous cakes at Mimi's Bakehouse on The Shore in Leith. Not to mention their speciality drinks like raspberry ripple hot chocolate and coconut iced latte.

4. Dance (and sing!) the night away to the live band at The Ghillie Dhu on a Saturday night...way better than any club! "Left a good job in the city..."!

5. Although...The Shack might be up there as strong competition. 70's, 80's and 90's music, Abba song's playing in a club? Yes please!

6. Wander around the boutiques, charity shops and scenic streets of Stockbridge. Maybe stopping for a coffee break at Peter's Yard.

7. Enjoy a few after-work glasses of wine (at our usual table!) in Milnes on Rose Street.

8. Listen to live music at the monthly acoustic gigs that Adam Holmes and The Embers (the band my dad plays in) host.

9. Walk along the promenade in Portobello. There's lots of nostalgia there for me, however I always manage to forget that Edinburgh has a beach so close to the city centre.

10. Drink mulled wine and eat freshly baked pretzels whilst walking around the Christmas market stalls and Winter Wonderland.

11. Visit the National Museum of Scotland. There's so so much to see in the museum, and the architecture inside the building is something to see in itself, but the animals are one of the the best parts I think! 

12. Drink in the cosy, homely atmosphere of Joseph Pearce at Elm Row. 

13. Shop! This would apply in any city but there are some little unique gems around Edinburgh. Paper Tiger, The Cat's Meow, Bonkers and all of the little boutiques in Bruntsfield and Morningside.

14. Eat takeaway Tex Mex (with a Scottish twist!) from Los Cardos. Haggis quesadilla...Mmmm!! 

 15. Walk up the Royal Mile, watch street performers, and take in the amazing atmosphere during the Fringe Festival.

Do you agree? Any to add to the list?

1 comment

  1. The Royal Mile was definitely my favourite from when I was there back in July! I also love Grassmarket, the stores around there are so cute!
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!


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