HOW TO EAT AND DRINK YOUR WAY AROUND EDINBURGH

In this post I will let you in on my favourite spots to eat and drink in Edinburgh! I know I’ve written a post about my beautiful capital before…however this one is based on only my OWN recommendations!  Besides…my last post was a mix of sights to see, walks, bars and restaurants…now I am focusing on the priority. 

My Top 3 Restaurants

1. Howies

This restaurant is perfect for any occasion! I would say that the restaurant on Waterloo place is a more unusual building and better for larger groups, but the restaurant on Victoria Street is ideal for a more romantic atmosphere.

The menu here is excellent, it is extremely varied and it’s based on seasonal and local produce! If you haven’t already booked a table here this might make you confirm a booking….there is a lunch menu that will serve 2 courses for £11.95 and 3 for only £14.95….

I do like to change it up every time I go….but some things are just too good to change! Order the Cullin Skink Soup and the Hot Fudge Sundae for dessert…I’ll let you pick your main course…maybe.

2. Angels Share

I LOVE this restaurant! It is situated at the West End of Princes St on the ground floor of The Angels Share 4* Hotel. The decor is so glamorous I could definitely get some interior design tips walking through these doors  (hinting at the 5 chandeliers and mirrored walls)…..  30176418_1832686253418492_1375613239_o

It serves heartier than expected but still beautifully presented dishes with a Scottish twist.  I have only been here once (on St Valentine’s Day) but I still have dreams about the Red Velvet Cake…..Untitled design (2).jpg

 

3. Pizzeria 1926

Naples or Edinburgh?!

Step into your pizza eating dreams and immerse yourself in the BEST PIZZERIA IN EDINBURGH for a truly authentic experience! I am lucky enough to live with 3 Italian’s who insisted I check this place out….they know what a GOOD pizza should taste like!

This small restaurant is always packed so make sure you book a table! I would say this is the best pizza I’ve eaten outside of Italy and it’s so cheap!!!

*Top Fact* The name of the restaurant emerged from the love for the Naples Football team that was established in 1926 that the family support. 

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Top 3 Bars

1. 99 Hanover Street 

This is my favourite bar in Edinburgh! It is a great place for girls night or date night with the comfy seating, cool music and chilled atmosphere. I have been into this bar a fair few times and it has never been too busy to not get served quickly. The quick service definitely adds bonus points seeing as time standing around the bar (usually in heels) is not my ideal night!

Order the Elder-flower Edinburgh Gin! 

2. Badger & Co

This is a cosy bar located on Castle Street (just above Princes Street). There are so many reasons to visit this place! The Wind in the Willows decor runs through this bar and also appears in the cocktail menu adding to the whimsical experience.

In the Summer they usually open The Outdoor River Area (downstairs section) which is decked  out floor to ceiling, matching the theme of the whole bar! This area is covered enough that you wouldn’t get wet if it rained (happens once or twice in Scotland) but is still open if you want to catch a glimpse of the stars. If it’s not a warm Summer evening don’t worry you can still enjoy the outdoor area next to a flame heater!

In the Winter months the drink pictured below is a must try!

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Signature Whisky Hot Chocolate

3. Hoot The Redeemer

This bar is insane! It is owned by a company called Panda and Sons that are known to have the most unique bars dotted around the city. Even the entrance is unusual, it’s hidden behind an old looking door tucked away, next to Costa on Hanover Street.

As soon as you find the door and walk down the stairs it becomes a bar like no other…greeting you with “Hoot The Redeemer” himself. The bar is decorated to reflect a 1950’s New Orleans style carnival complete with an alcoholic ice cream machine (seriously thinking about buying one for the flat..)

In addition you can pick your cocktail flavours from the infamous claw machine so you can live out your childhood memories of wasting all your parents money. Only joking it will be your friends money….also if you don’t manage to grab anything just grab a bartender (they have a knack)…

THIS BAR GETS EXTREMELY BUSY SO GO EARLY ON WEEKENDS OR VISIT ON WEEKDAYS!

Top 3 Cafes

1. Procaffeination

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This cafe is a gem! It is situated just on the corner of the Royal Mile and is perfect for a healthy lunch stop. Take a seat in this tiny cafe and pick from a range of homemade organic foods and juices. The smoothies are my motivation for climbing up Arthur’s Seat!

2. Cafe Noir

This charming cafe is situated in a leafy area of Edinburgh, not far from Haymarket Station. It has so much on offer, the menu is crazy! Who knew there was such a thing as Pink Latte and Lavender and Vanilla Hot Chocolate but it’s definitely a thing here. This cafe is perfect for a chilled Sunday morning or if you want to bring your laptop and use the free wifi to study ( password = wedrinkitnoir).

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3. Hotel Chocolat

Hidden at the back of the Hotel Chocolat shop on Fredrick Street you will find a luxurious little cafe. Most people are not aware that this chocolatier actually has a cafe inside and they are totally missing out!

The menu highlights that they include a chocolate twist in everything they sell. All their products are made by various cocoa roasting techniques especially designed for the cafe. People pick the drink they would like such as a latte and decide if they would like it “adapted“. All the chocolatey additions are actually made from more cocoa and no syrups. This means less sugar = major win!

These are just a few of my favourite places in Edinburgh to indulge and enjoy! If I mentioned all the places I liked to eat/drink the blog post would turn into a novel so you are lucky I narrowed it down for you all….

I would love some recommendations for other cities to so feel free to leave them in the comments!!!

 

Edinburgh

“Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland?”

– Sir Walter Scott

Edinburgh the heart of Scotland is the place I am privileged to call home for the time being. I have lived in a cosy one bed flat at the top of Leith for 4 months now and i’m  loving my time here.

I have had itchy fingers and felt like writing even though I haven’t been able to travel very far since Prague. On the other hand I think that there is no place like home so why not blog about the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland!?

If you have a few days to spare you should visit Edinburgh, it is extremely accessible with the multiple stations and is home to Scotland’s largest airport.

During your stay in Edinburgh of course you will want to explore Princes Street, with all the best high street shops as well as having a tremendous view of the Castle while you do so. However, if you are looking for more designer shops, upmarket bars and restaurants go to George Street which is located 2 streets above Princes Street. If you enjoy the Spanish cuisine don’t miss out on Cafe Andaluz which is a charming Spanish Tapas restaurant offering delicious food (best tapas I have ever had)! If you are looking for something special, The Dome is a very famous restaurant and bar which offers stunning Afternoon Teas and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest Christmas trees in December. However, The Dome is only for those who have a slightly more generous budget!

Walking down from George Street you will come to Frederick Street and Hanover Street which is home to all my favourite indulgences…what’s not to love about boozy milkshakes, unique bars and irresistible hot chocolate! Yes these small streets have it all! If you enjoy fantastic milkshakes and are eager to shake things up a bit enter down the stairs to the Boozy Cow and grab a burger and a shake…would highly recommend the Reece’s Peanut buttercup shake!  Also, if you are looking for a fun cocktail experience then pop into Hoot The Redeemer’s. This bar really is something special…although it’s easy to walk past because it’s an old door which is always open to reveal the stairs down to the bar doors where you will be greeted by the first surprise of your visit. One of the best bars I have ever come across! If all that wasn’t enough to make you head straight to these streets then visit the Hotel Chocolat shop and head to the cafe at the back to order the most indulgent  hot choc you have ever tried. They have flavours such as chocolate orange, ginger and chilli!

If you are keen to know more about what makes Edinburgh special visit the Castle and journey back in time or have fun at Camera Obscura which is a whole attraction dedicated to the world of optical illusions. (Fun for all ages)…I promise!

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If you do any attractions in Edinburgh it has to be  The Royal Yacht Britannia which has remained Scotland’s Best Tourist Attraction for the 11th year. The ship is docked in Leith which is only a 15 minute bus ride from Princes Street. The admission charge is £15.50 for an adult and is very good value for money, as the tour takes roughly an hour and a half to enjoy.

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Walk , walk and walk again

Edinburgh is a very easy city to walk around (despite the hills) so whenever you feel like stretching your legs avoid the bus fair and walk! You can easily walk to the Royal Mile from Princes Street via The Mound (steps) and get a beautiful view over Edinburgh. In addition to the infamous Arthur’s Seat you can also enjoy the Edinburgh skyline from the top of Carlton Hill (one of my favourite places). If you keep walking past Waverly station you will see a hill with various monuments, that’s Carlton Hill! It won’t take you long to climb the steps to the top of the hill (best time to climb to the top is to see the sun setting over the city.)20117446_1563787946974992_273967160_n20117451_1563787950308325_1428630380_n20120718_1563787980308322_893485016_n

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Leith

This section is dedicated to the hidden wonders of Leith! Many tourists do not stroll down into Leith from the city centre as they are unaware of the fantastic eateries, trendy bars and quirky gift shops that occupy the area.

You can reach Leith by journeying down the longest street in Edinburgh (Leith Walk) which will take you roughly 20 minutes from Waverly station. If you fancy a tasty cocktail in one of Leith’s coolest bars , The Lioness of Leith, continue down into the heart of Leith. As you are strolling nearer the sea take a minute to enjoy The Shore area where you are spoilt for choice if you want some good food. A personal favourite is The Granary! It is an intimate dining opportunity with a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and the tastiest local food. If you are interested on a longer walk in Leith head to the Western Harbour. I love it there, it’s a beautiful location to visit.

If you enjoy climbing or looking for something  a little different to do then head to Alien Rock which is a climbing wall and bouldering centre near the harbour.

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“Piled deep and massy, close and high; Mine own romantic town.”

Sir Walter Scott

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