Before Christmas I lived in Edinburgh for 6 weeks whilst studying so I wanted to make sure I tried out all of the best foodie locations and places to visit so I could recommend to you all! Exams did take over a bit so I didn’t see as much as I would have liked but I made sure I visited a few of the best spots so that I had some stories to tell.
Known as Edinburgh’s first ‘Naked Café’, this cosy little spot was only a short walk from my apartment and did not disappoint! They produce the most incredible looking free from cakes and we went back for brunch twice because it was to die for. I went for the avocado toast with poached eggs both times, and Dan went for avocado toast with bacon. The guacamole is delicious and Dan is now completely converted, he never used to like avocados at all! I also loved their smoothies which were freshly made and you could add whey or pea protein if you were on the move – the mango, apple and cucumber was so good!
Another spot we visited which I wished we’d had time to visit more was Loudons café. Again just a short walk from my apartment it had such a lovely environment and despite being so busy when we went, the service was great and food was amazing! I went for sweet this time with Blueberry Pancakes topped with banana and sour cream, they were probably the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted and I’m now desperately trying to recreate the recipe!
- Arthurs Seat
Moving away from food for a moment with this iconic landmark, it’s an amazing place to walk and gives the most incredible views of the city from above. It only takes 30-60 minutes to get to the top depending how quickly you walk so it’s easy to fit into a morning or afternoon, and I promise it’ll really help you work up an appetite so you can head to the other spots I’m suggesting after.
- Foodies Festival
If you time it right you might be able to get there just in time for the Foodies Festival as it tours the country. We were there just in time for the festive event so had a night of Christmas carols, cheese, chocolate and lots of gin… (it’s the first food festival I’ve attended which was primarily stands full of alcohol!) A little less healthy than the other options but well worth a visit none the less, it made for a great evening out and I definitely got to get a taste of Scotland while I was there.
- The Dome
An absolute must if you’re visiting Edinburgh! This place is beautiful (as the waiting list suggests, so book in advance!) and we had an amazing meal there from their festive set menu. You can go there for dinner or just queue for drinks but the décor inside is definitely worth the wait.
Where do you recommend to visit in Edinburgh?