Whenever the sun comes out in Edinburgh, there are plenty of nice outdoor spaces in which to enjoy the decent weather. You can try climbing up Arthurs Seat, wandering around the Botanic Gardens, or do as Mr Bug and I did a few days ago and stroll along the Water of Leith, Edinburgh’s very own river.
Festival season is here, and with it comes lots of fresh and exciting pop up bars and restaurants for people to either relax in in between shows or spend the whole night experiencing something a little different. I was invited along to experience one such pop up last week – a temporary jazz bar called Kansas Smitty’s which can be found in the achingly cool Biscuit Factory in Leith.
The weather has been really rubbish lately – the rain just won’t let up! As far as I’m concerned, this is absolutely perfect weather for hiding away in a pub somewhere for a comforting brunch – and a couple of my friends and I did just that at Nobles in Leith last weekend.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to try out the newly opened Leith Chop House on Constitution Street. This part of town has some amazing food and drink spots already, so I was keen to go along and see if this new establishment would fit in with the strong foodie scene.
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!
It’s been a while since I have been down in Leith 🙁 But thankfully I had a reason to pop down there recently as I had a Groupon voucher for Bistro Provence, given to me as a thoughtful gift by someone who knows how much I love good food! It was the first time I had ever been to the restaurant and I must admit it had completely passed me by until now, but I was excited to try it out.
As part of the research my latest piece for the Time Out blog, I paid a visit to well established Italian restaurant Vittoria. I needed a place where I could get a decent “carb-loading” meal (if you don’t know what that means, have a look at my article on Time Out!) and well, you can’t get a much better offering on that front than Vittoria.
Despite being open less than a year, Serrano Manchego on Leith Walk has made quite the impression on Edinburgh diners. With a loyal clientele and a spot on the much coveted “Hit List” on the List’s Eating and Drinking Guide for 2015, the owners behind the cafe/bar/tapas joint must be doing something right.
If I ever want a real taste of India, there is only one place to go in Edinburgh: Punjabi Junction.
Across from The Edinburgh Playhouse you’ll find the bright and colourful Pomegranate, which specialises in Middle Eastern cuisine. Its location and fine menu makes it a fantastic option for a pre-theatre meal, and that’s exactly what Mr Bug and I did last time we decided to pay a visit.