My Edinburgh Gems

Monday, 2 November 2015
Hello everyone. I'm back today talking about how much I love Edinburgh. I could do it all day if I had to. In fact, I love it so much I've teamed up with Travelodge for their Flaunt Ya Haunt campaign. I'm going to be discussing my favourite places to eat and see in Edinburgh. I quite often get messages from people who are visiting Edinburgh looking for some recommendations so it's about time that I wrote a 'wee' city guide. 

Places to eat:

One of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh is 56 North. It's also a gin bar so if you like a drink with your meal then you are all set! It's a bit out of the touristy region at West Crosscauseway but only by a 10 minute walk. It's also really close to Edinburgh University's central campus so you can have a look around there at the same time! They have a pretty amazing range on their menu and an extensive burger collection(2 for £10 with student cards as well!). I would really recommend their fish and chips or a Bill Murray burger. Their fries are uh-mazing. 

If you're looking for some good steak then I can't recommend Steak On Stones enough. I was invited here for a review meal earlier in the year and it was absolutely divine. It's a little bit on the pricier side and not necessarily somewhere I'd be able to eat on a student budget. But if I were going out for a nice romantic meal on holiday I'd want to to be somewhere like here. The steak was absolutely beautiful and I felt so classy the whole time I was there. I'm drooling again thinking about it!

If you've got a bit of a sweet tooth then you need to head down to Mary's Milk Bar. Situated in the Grassmarket it's a quick walk from the city centre and has a great view of Edinburgh Castle. Since becoming 'Buzzfeed famous' the Milk Bar often sells out so if you're visiting at the weekend maybe best to get in there quickly. Their ice cream is absolutely amazing. And the flavours are always very unusual. Last time I was there me and a few friends shared rhubarb and ginger sorbet, apricot jam and croissant and salted caramel. So good! They also do hot chocolate-ice cream floats. GET IN.

At the weekend there's the Stockbridge Market. Located in an extremely photogenic area of Edinburgh this is a great place to go for an afternoon's wanderings. They have some lovely food vendors but also some crafty ones as well so it's a good place to go and get a bite to eat. I went on Sunday and got some pork gyozas with chilli glaze and they were absolutely delicious! I also shared some vegetables samosas with my friend and we both got a cake for dessert too. We really enjoyed all of our food.

Places to see:

I can't recommend the National Museum of Scotland enough. It's the one place I take everyone who's just visiting Edinburgh. There is so much to see here that you could easily spend the whole day there. There's so much to learn about science, history, art, technology etc alongside lots of Scotland specific exhibitions. The entry is free(although there is a donation box). 

Camera Obscura it's a bit of a tourist trap but Camera Obscura is a really good time. Especially if you're travelling to Edinburgh with kids or the weather's a bit rubbish. There are a ton of optical illusions to go and see and it's generally a good laugh. There's also an amazing view from the top. It's a bit expensive which is why I probably wouldn't go back but I think everyone should go at least once.

If you want to see a great view of the city without committing to climbing Arthur's Seat then I can't recommend Calton Hill enough. It's a quick climb(it's mostly stairs actually) and the view is pretty amazing. I actually think I like it more than Arthur's Seat because you actually feel like you're still 'in the city'. Could easily do this walk if you aren't the fittest/or are with children.

I may be biased but as a University of Edinburgh student I absolutely love going to Old College. It's kind of the iconic thing that people picture when they think of Edinburgh uni and it is really lovely. I actually had some lectures here last semester(the lecture theatre was actually awful) and I miss going to it every week. They recently had the mini Kelpies installed which added a bit of character. Unfortunately now you'll have to travel further west and see the actual ones. 

Places to stay:

There's an absolute ton of places to stay in Edinburgh but there are a few Travelodges scattered around the city, in some really convenient places. Obviously I've never stayed in any of them but I got to go and stay in one in Glasgow at Easter and I was really impressed by how nice the rooms were. They were really spacious, clean and the beds were ridiculously comfortable. My parents actually bought a Travelodge mattress after sleeping in one they're that good!

The last time my dear friend Beth from Alphabeth was in Edinburgh she stayed at the Budget Backpackers Hostel in the Grass Market area. She said that she was pleased with how nice their room was and that the hostel was very clean. It also had a really nice 'cool vibe' to it as well.

So those are some places I'd recommend visiting if you're going to be in Edinburgh any time soon. If you have any recommendations leave them in the comments!

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