Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK and I really believe it is so underrated, and as a result of half of my family being Scottish, I get to visit Edinburgh quite frequently and am no newbie to the city. I recently got to visit again in November for a last minute trip to see family, on this occasion I only spent a few hours in the city before catching a train back to London. However, this is how I spent my afternoon and I feel as though for newcomers to Edinburgh, these spots are lovely for a relaxed wintery afternoon, especially if you’ve had enough of Edinburgh Castle and bagpipes on the Royal Mile. Plus most of the things I am mentioning are very friendly for your purse!
One of my favourite places in the city. A picturesque street that takes you from Waverley Station all the way up to the Royal Mile. Yes, it is a bit of a workout for those legs, but you have every opportunity to take a break and visit all the independent traders on this street. From oriental goods to 60s memorabilia, to hipster clothing shops, there is a lot of variety here and you’ll struggle not to pick up something interesting. On this occasion, I was only window shopping, and to be honest it’s interesting enough to not spend a penny. Also how else are you going to make your way into the centre of the old town?
Now this is the best place to find some good grub, plus there are also lots of lovely shops here too. In terms of eateries, my personal favourites are Hula Juice and Made in Italy. Hula is one of Edinburgh’s new Juice bars, which we have seen popping up across the country. With a variety of smoothies and juices and other uncommon drinks like Matcha lattes on the menu, this was my kind of place. But don’t worry it’s not all about being healthy and they make THE BEST brownies along with an assortment of other treats. Made in Italy too is fabulous, with an individual pizza costing £5 and the best milkshakes, I love sitting here just people watching across the square. Cities do not have to break the bank, and for the atmosphere and the view it’s perfect. If you have the time walk over to Westport to take in Edinburgh’s Cat Cafe and gorgeous cafe Lovecrumbs which has its own cosy windowsill to sit down with a coffee and read – it’s such a haven to me.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
My personal favourite, not only because I am a history student and love a good museum, but because the whole building is just so grand. Plus, one little secret that is not widely known, is that the museum has a rooftop terrace that provides beautiful panoramic views of Edinburgh. Of course the best view can be seen from the castle, however, surely you want to see the castle itself in the Edinburgh skyline? The best part is that it is completely free! For a lovely afternoon looking at your favourite exhibits, followed by a wonderful view and a coffee, you cannot go wrong. Also on wintery days like this one, it’s a warm haven.
Finally I’d recommend heading to Multrees Walk, just to take in some of the beautiful shop windows and to head to the top of Harvey Nichols. The top floor is home to a small but pretty amazing international food market. With food from all around the world, the best ice cream and lots of little knick knacks, it’s nice to have a browse here. Plus for those of you who enjoy a little splurge, the bar here too has wonderful views of Edinburgh, but I for one don’t drink and will always take the budget option. Which is why you’ll find me in the rooftop Yo Sushi instead…
Well, I hope this has inspired you to give Edinburgh a visit, not only is it a great place to sightsee and be a tourist, but it’s also a lovely place just to walk around and enjoy some downtime. Compared to my closest city London, it really is a completely different world <3