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.


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


  1. TheAssortedWriter
    January 19, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Fabulous little guide and some gorgeous photos too! I love that you've included a variety things to do and places to go so that there's something there for everyone. You've definitely convinced me that it's worth a visit! Well done on another lovely post babe xxx

  2. Emily
    January 19, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Edinburgh looks absolutely gorgeous! Scotland and Wales are at the top my my travel list right now, so hopefully I'll get to do some of these things someday! I love hat the museum is free — most museums in the US cost a fortune!XoxoEmilyemilyhallock.blogspot.com

  3. Ashley Relton
    January 19, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    When I think of places I want to visit, this never comes to mind but now I'm reading and seeing photos of it I have no idea why! It LOOOL a absolutely gorgeous abd sounds like a great place!XOAshleyhttps://ashlexyz.wordpress.com/

  4. abbeylouisarose
    January 19, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I've wanted to visit this city for the longest time!! So many of my blogging friends live in/near Edinburgh and it would make me so happy to go spend a day in the city with them! I'd love to visit the Museum you've mentioned, what an absolutely beautiful space! Multrees walk looks stunning all decked out in Christmas finery too!Abbey 😍 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  5. Harriet
    January 19, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Looks seriously so beautiful I'm so jealous, you've got some great pictures.www.harrietday.com

  6. mchi | mchiouji
    January 19, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Maybe it’s because I’m a huuuge fan of Edinburgh—it looks gorgeous, seems to have a lovely atmosphere, and from my looking into, has some gems to enjoy—the city doesn’t seem so underrated to me. I don’t think i know anythat disagrees with or kinds my love for Edinburgh wrong. Also oneof the best music festivals occurs there. There’s so much to like about Edinburgh for different people. That said, this guide is fun and such a dope introduction for Edinburg newbies that need something to do and those that don’t to spend much. And you definitely didn’t help withmy adoration for Edinburgh’s beauty with these pictures, either. (=^・^=)❤mchi | mchiouji — http://blog.mchiouji.me ・ω・

  7. Food & Baker
    January 19, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Your photography is amazing! We're hoping to visit sometime this year, hopefully sooner than later! Will be defo taking notes for when we ever go! Thanks for sharing such beauty!Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  8. Reva
    January 19, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Ok… So now I definitely have added another location to visit on my travel lists! These images were gorgeous & I need to be there, now!

  9. Elly Mitchell
    January 19, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Edinburgh is definetley on my travel wishlist, I've always thought the architecture is just stunning. Your photography is beautiful as well! Glad you had a lovely time 🙂 xx

  10. Marikah Blank
    January 19, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Don't laugh at me but I never heard of this place. The pictures are beautiful and you're making me want to go visit this place right now! Edinburgh looks gorg! Great post!

  11. Chloe
    January 19, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Hi, I've always wanted to visit Edinburgh and hope to later this year. Your guide is so helpful and I'm loving the pictures. I shall save it for my travels. Thanks for sharing, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com #TeacupClub

  12. Vicki Louise
    January 19, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    ah i haven't been to edinburgh in years, it really is gorgeous!vicki xhttp://neverlandvicki.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

  13. Corinne & Kirsty
    January 19, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Edinburgh is such a gorgeous city! I studied there one year and it was amazing. I spent so much time at the museum myself! And also on Victoria Street with all those colorful houses. xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  14. Sarah A
    January 19, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Edinburgh is on my travel bucket list as it's such a beautiful city! My mum went there many years ago and she loved it. Definitely want to visit myself someday: )Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  15. Amy Cate
    January 19, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I love Cockburn street! (Even if my legs ache so much after walking up it). Such a lovely post that makes me miss Edinburgh so much! 💜- Amywww.scarielsgrotto.com

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