Checkpoint, for me, was a place that was always on the radar. I had heard good things about it so when their PR folks reached out to me to try out their new seasonal menu, I was more than happy to oblige.
One of the things I love about Edinburgh is its colourful past. The streets of the Old Town are just teeming with fascinating stories, some a little *ahem*grisly at times, but these tales are definitely worth seeking out while you are in Edinburgh. One of the best places to see these stories come to life is at the Edinburgh Dungeon, just behind Waverley Station on Market Street.
As a local, I love showing off my hometown. Like me, Rabbie’s Tours call Edinburgh home and they are just as keen to show visitors around, so they have started up new Rabbies City Tours to do just that.
This week I was asked along to experience a new(ish) event at Blackwell’s Bookshop in the Old Town. Apparently, the shop has been experiencing an uplift in sales in traditional board games, so they have started a games night for people to try before they buy. I must admit I was intrigued to find out what the Blackwell’s Games Night would entail, so I took Mr Bug along with me to see what it was all about.
I’m a big pizza fan, so you can imagine as soon as I spotted that a new pizza place had opened up in the Old Town, I was keen to try it out. Tutto Matto has only recently opened but has already made a positive impression on a lot of my friends, so one evening in December Mr Bug and myself popped along to see what the deal was. Was this really something special, or just another in a long line of nondescript pizzerias?
For the third and final part of my Edinburgh’s Hogmanay #blogmanay adventure, I spent New Years Day exploring hidden pockets of the Old Town as part of Scot:Lands – an intriguing collection of music, art and drama guaranteed to get your New Year off to a cultured start.
I was really keen to try out Knights Kitchen – I first spotted it in a pop-up stall at one of the city markets during the summer and had a really lovely chicken curry there, so I was excited to learn that it planned to move to a more permanent abode in Newington.
It’s been open for a couple of months now, so Mr Bug and I decided to stop by one sunny Saturday afternoon for some comforting and wholesome African food before a day of trawling the shops.
I feel like there have been quite a few new openings in Edinburgh recently, but I am particularly excited about this one: The Whistle Stop Barber Shop has popped up on South Bridge and sounds like quite an interesting concept – a bar, American diner and barbershop all rolled into one. Keen to find out what it is all about, I went along with a friend a few days ago for a bite of dinner.
Like many folks who grew up in or around Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland has a special place in my heart. My earliest memories of the museum are of me running around the various galleries with my Dad, and feeling as pleased as punch when he let me buy some rocks from the gift shop.
I might be a bit older now, but I still love wandering around the museum whenever I have a free day and treating myself to the odd trinket or two!
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.