Post in collaboration with hub by Premier Inn
After realising we hadn’t been back for a little over two years, Joe and I were incredibly excited to head back to Edinburgh last week to discover a little more of the city, with a hand from hub by Premier Inn and my lovely pal Kate, from Kate La Vie. With the idea loosely themed around the idea of a city swap- Kate and I emailed each other with bursting lists of recommendations (some new, some old) and set off on our separate ways to discover each other’s respective city. With City Airport being just half an hour from home, Edinburgh just over an hour in the sky and the hotel being pretty much totally central- it took us no time to check in for our busy couple of days in the Scottish capital.
Although we had visited before, it’s amazing what staying in a different part of town can do for discovery. With our hub hotel by Premier Inn being in the wonderful central Haymarket area, it meant we had access to both sides of the castle and city incredibly easily- meaning we got to see more of the city than we ever have. Plus, being able to walk everywhere means you always get to stumble across gems you’d otherwise miss, which is always a huge bonus for me!
The hotel itself also made for the perfect bolt hole for our stay too. As well as being central, it was modern, had an exceptionally comfy bed (I mean) and really had a community buzz in the downstairs lobby- a spot perfect for drinks or laptop time during the day, and the perfect place to start your day with pastries, tea and granola- mmm!
Rather than do a whole lengthy guide (especially as I’ve mentioned a few of these spots before), I thought I’d briefly document some of the things we did and saw in a kind of diary-like run down- as sometimes that’s the best way of noting things down!
Ah we couldn’t help it! After coming here last time and having the best experience, the moment we arrived we headed here (cases and all) for some pizza, arancini and cool pop (I am 80, ok). The pizza’s here are delicious but absolutely huge, so unlike us, make sure to share and then get tonnes of sides (and save room for their donuts or huge Nutella/Toberlone calzone)…
Although this place simply is a drinks and cinnamon bun stop, how can you resist when it looks like THIS (below). The interiors at Hyde & Son are positively out of this world- oozing endless Scandi cool and beautiful design touches (plus, Joe can testify that the coffee ain’t half bad either, so that’s simply a bonus).
Somewhere that came recommended from Kate, we headed to Urban Angel for lunch on our second day and absolutely loved their selection of everything from homemade burgers to traditional Smørrebrød (I had the salmon, potato and caper). The place was incredibly cosy with a gorgeous courtyard, and we were told that it used to be an old bakery (hence the old ovens and perhaps the inherently brilliant cakes).
After a day of exploring Joe and I came here for a quick tea and cake stop before heading back to the hotel, and I can say that their coconut bread (toasted, of course, with butter) was totally delicious. We sat at their window seats and watched the world go by in the sunshine, which made for the perfect afternoon pit stop.
Kyloe was somewhere that came recommended from Mama and Papa P after their last visit, and despite me not typically being a steak eater- was such a treat and the perfect place for a gorgeous view of the city with dinner. We tucked into everything from their seafood popcorn, bacon and onion mash (!) and fresh cuts, and can truly recommend it to any meat eaters out there.
After this trip, Stockbridge definitely became one of the parts of Edinburgh Joe and I love the most. It almost has a village-like feel amongst the city, so headed to Cowan & Sons late one morning for a late brunch/early lunch- and can see why it’s so loved amongst locals. With a delicious and vast menu (which changes into a dinner menu come the evening), it was the perfect place to start the day- and the walk there is beautiful too.
Out of everywhere we went, I would probably say that our visit here was my favourite. I’m certainly someone that forgets to take advantage of places like this when I’m in a city, but having had a recommendation from Kate (and heard brilliant things)- we made sure to check it out. Although the exterior of the building is exceptionally cool, it’s the moment you step inside that this place really blows you away (I think I even let out an audible ‘wow’). With amazing permanent exhibitions ranging from everything from natural history, culture, science and fashion- the museum also has some incredible seasonal exhibits, with one coming up being all about Scottish pop music, which sounds amazing.
Having visited Edinburgh’s beautiful castle during our last trip, although we did want to visit- we decided to head to the Camera Obscura en route for a different perspective of the city (it had an amazing rooftop with panoramic views) and get a different perspective on the city, which was b-eautiful (and also packed with hilarious mirrors, and interactive activities which made me feel about 5 again).
The Method in Stockbridge is arguably one of the most gorgeous shops I’ve been to, and was the perfect reinvention of a beauty and lifestyle concept I felt like I was so familiar with. Stocking a very carefully selected range of independent beauty and lifestyle brands, The Method holds home to an incredible massage treatment space downstairs, which specialises in everything from pregnancy massage, ayurveda and holistic healing to a relaxation area too- next time I’ll be back for a treatment!
Despite this already being one of my favourite shops in the city, because it had been a couple of years, we made sure to make a beeline back to it and see it again. With rows of new stock, an extension at the back and a coffee machine (and free Tunnocks !), Life Story was lovelier than ever and owner Susan is comfortably one of the most knowledgeable and lovely ladies in the city too.
Situated a stone’s throw away from Life Story lives Curiouser & Curiouser, a lifestyle, art and stationery shop oozing everything from perfect cards, frames and gifts (I had to develop a lot of self control in here)- and somewhere I highly recommend popping into along the street.