I do love a wander around Grassmarket. I don’t do it as often as I like, but this cute little area in the Old Town is home to a fascinating history and some fab independents shops, restaurants and cafes. As I was doing a little bit of window shopping last weekend, Mr Bug and I popped into one of my favourite spots in this area: Hula Juice Bar.
A couple of weeks ago I went out for dinner with a friend. We both fancied Japanese but I thought that I had been to most of the main places in the city centre and wanted to try somewhere new. After a brief bit of Googling, I came across Hakataya. I’d never heard of it before and yet it was only a 5 minute walk from my office.
It’s shameful the number of places in Edinburgh that I haven’t been to yet! Even though I run this blog, there are so many spots that I take for granted, and up until recently Gladstone’s Land was one of them.
I used to walk up the Royal Mile every day to work, and every day I would look at the Golden Bird above the doorway to Gladstone’s land and think “I must pop in there for a look”. Well, six years later, I finally did!
There are lots of lovely fine dining places in Edinburgh. If you really want to spoil yourself, there are lots of great restaurants where you can really splash out. However, if your budget is a little tighter, you can still treat yourself at one of Edinburgh’s stalwart institutions: Piemaker.
Civerinos is still a relatively new addition to Edinburgh’s Italian/ pizzeria scene, which is enjoying a delightful boom at the moment. For a long time, the likes of La Favorita (quite rightly) dominated as the king of Edinburgh pizzas, but now there are lots of new players, and it’s great that there’s now a much bigger choice for those craving an Italian treat on a Saturday evening!
While it’s great that so many visitors come to Edinburgh to explore the city centre, it’s worth bearing in mind that the capital is also a great gateway to the rest of Scotland through fantastic train links. This weekend, Edinburgh became even more connected to the South with the opening of the Borders Railway.
There are very few people who live in Edinburgh that haven’t heard of Mimi’s Bakehouse. It’s a bit of an institution around these parts, and for good reason. Their belly-busting cakes and traybakes are absolutely legendary, and if you want to make an instant friend out of me, just treat me to one of their afternoon teas!
10 to 10 in Delhi is hidden in plain sight on Nicolson Street, a stone’s throw away from the Royal Mile. Many Edinburgh newbies and visitors make the mistake of passing it by, but the reality is this cute little restaurant/cafe does incredible food at a reasonable price – and you really can’t argue with that.