I’ve been lucky enough to visit Edinburgh a fair few times now- both in the summertime and winter, and it continues to be one of the most beautiful cities to explore and stay in.
It’s definitely somewhere Joe and I find ourselves saying, ‘oh I could live here, I could!’ numerous times a day when we’re here- and I always look forward to heading back and visiting some of my most-loved spots. Although I know I’ve done a couple of guides before (see here and here)- I wanted to pop up a post with some of my newest discoveries, and add them into a tangible itinerary for you- in case you wanted to try and tick off a fair few in a short space of time.
It’s filled with some of my favourite ‘steamy window spots’ for ultimate cosiness- window seats, freshly baked cakes, and the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had – let’s go!
Your Edinburgh Itinerary…
– Once your bags are dropped off and you’re all checked in- head to pick up an infamous bagel at Bross Bagels. I opted for the Montreal and it was deeeeelicious- a tiny slice of Montreal goodness in the Scottish capital. Take it to go and head across to Dean Village, the quaintest little pocket of Edinburgh, with the most incredible views and riverside walk alongside the Water of Leith. It feels almost otherworldly, and bundled up is a pretty magical little route.
– From Dean Village, it’s a short walk to Stockbridge, which is peppered with pretty shops, cafes and gorgeous streets. On a Sunday there’s also a market- but some of my favourites include Lovecrumbs for the best cake (which you’ll know by now), The Method, Elaine’s Vintage Clothes (which has some incredible gems)- as well as Epitome, which is a stones throw away from St. Stephen Street.
– Next it’s a little walk to Twelve Triangles. This gorgeous bakery is a tiiiny bit out of the way if you’re coming from Stockbridge, but so so worth it. Joe and I have awarded their hot chocolate perhaps the best we’ve ever had- frothy, milky, creamy and delicious- without scalding your tongue either (BONUS)! They also have rows of fresh pastries, donuts and cinnamon rolls- and bread that we picked up to take home too.
– From there, we headed up to the incredible Italian deli Valvona & Crolla (the Lina Store’s of the north-and Scotland’s oldest deli) and followed along to Topping & Co– the most magical bookshop, with shelves of books and window seats you can enjoy a cuppa and page-turner at. Plus, if you’ve got time, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is very close by (Meghan’s gorgeous wedding dress is currently on show there)- and it’s an absolutely brilliant peek into this regal residency, Scotland’s rich royal history and the monarchy too.
– After a day of exploring, before dinner- head to the Bon Vivant for a cosy candlelit drink. It’s always buzzing with locals- and is such a romantic spot for cocktails (or a roast on a Sunday, which is equally romantic, IMO)- before heading a couple of doors down to Noto for dinner. A New York-Asian fusion restaurant, which boasts the most incredible menu of small and sharing plates and is one of the most delicious spots I’ve eaten at. D-reamy.
The next day…
If you’ve got time, I can’t recommend heading down to Newington enough. It’s one of our favourite pockets of the city, and is packed with so many gorgeous places. Head over to Three.14 for some morning chocolate Babka (or Brochan for a porridge, which isn’t too far), before walking to Roseneath Street to have a nosey in beautiful plant shop Dahlia and lifestyle store Travelling Basket. If you’ve got the appetite (and if they’ve got space)- pop in to 27 Elliott’s for lunch- I had Jess’s cookbook before I realised she’d opened this spot, and was SO excited to discover it. On your way back, walk through the Meadows, soaking up any last sights before you head home.