Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is the perfect place to spend a weekend. Get lost down historic cobbled streets, nest in cosy pubs and shop the independent boutiques. Here is a compilation of my favourite finds:
For a home away from home . .
Stay at this lovingly restored, 2 bedroom, top floor apartment through air bnb with views of the Edinburgh skyline.
Beautiful interiors, thoughtful small details to make your stay extra special and just a 10 minute bus ride into town.
FOR classic comfort food . .
Head to the Scran & Scallie where two of Scotland's finest chefs, Tom kitchin and Dominic Jack have united to create an award winning, Scottish/Scandi gastro pub.
The fish pie is a winner!
1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1DT
For drinks in a converted Victorian Pump House . .
The Devil's Advocate is worth searching out. A hidden gem nestled snuggly down a narrow cobbled close in atmospheric Old Town.
9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh EH1 1ND
FOR IMAGINATIVE BRUNCH IN A STOCKBRIDGE BASEMENT . .
The pantry gets my vote.
Try the Sunshine on Stockbridge - paprika and thyme smoked tomatoes, roasted sweet potato, aubergine, smashed avocado and 2 poached free range hens eggs, toast, hot sauce and chorizo,
One of the nicest brunches I have ever eaten!
1, North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6ST
FOR COCKTAILS WITH A KILLER VIEW. .
Head to to The Forth Floor Window Bar at Harvey Nichols.
Take in the sights across the rooftops towards North Edinburgh, Forth Estuary and Kingdom of Fife as you sip on something special.
30-34 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
FOR SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN JUNKIES . .
Checkout Lifestory, a boutique with the loveliest of lifestyle offerings from homewares, furniture and lighting to jewellery, accessories and a selection of indie magazines.
53, London Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6LX
FOR A SWEET SOUVENIR TO TAKE HOME . .
Pop into Coco Chocolatier.
Stop and drool at the many variations of flavours all wrapped up in the prettiest of papers.
You can even book in for a chocolate tasting.
20, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HN
174, Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4ER
FOR COFFEE UNDER THE STAIRS . .
Wellington is teeny tiny, but perfectly formed.
Great coffee and great tiles.
33A George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HN
FOR AFTERNOON TEA IN A LIBRARY . .
The Signet is one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian buildings and within it you will find Colonnades.
Make yourself comfortable amongst the book shelves and enjoy a spectacle of truly imaginative creations from a set menu with savouries including pie, quiche and croquette as well as the more traditional sandwiches, to a pretty selection of sweets and scones.
An extensive tea menu compliments the edibles, I opted for Russian caravan, a sweet, smokey tea.
Coffee is available too, and both are unlimited.
Afternoon tea is £34 per person
Served Mon- Fri 1pm-5pm & Sunday 11am-5pm
The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
A few other must do's
Take a walk up Arthur's seat for amazing views over the city then walk to The Sheep Heid Inn by Duddingston Loch.
This is one of Edinburgh's oldest pubs, and although easily reached from the city centre, the scenic walk to get there makes you feel like you are deep in the heart of the countryside.
43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA
If your legs are up to it take a walk up Calton Hill for more panoramic views of the city.
Easily reached in just a 10 minute walk from the train station
Look out for branches of Soderberg, a Swedish artisan bakery dotted around the city.
Their chocolate and raspberry brownies are divine!