A guide to the most inspired Edinburgh souvenirs: Edible Gifts

 

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The best way to experience any culture usually involves food. If I only have room in my luggage for one souvenir, I always make it an edible one.  They usually are a hit for families, food enthusiasts, as well as people of all ages!

Instead of bringing home the usual fridge magnets and commercial gifts that will likely sit around collecting dust, give them a treat they can’t resist digging into! These shops are a must visit for any visitor wishing to buy tasteful - and tasty gifts to take home. This is a relatively inexpensive gift doesn’t weigh heavy in your suitcase featuring some of the best and most distinctive tastes of Scottish cuisine (and we're not talking about a deep-fried Mars Bar!)

Whether you're buying for yourself or are on the hunt for a friend or family, bring home a flavour of your trip with our suggestions of the best edible souvenirs our Gourmet Edinburgh has to offer!

v  The Fudge Kitchen

Is well-known among locals as experts in what they do. It sells a variety of gorgeous goodies in the form of fudge, loaded with nuts, chocolate and other divine combos. The Fudge Kitchen offers a variety of handmade, traditional Scottish delights that will make you want to eat your weight in fudge! And if you want to get your hands dirty and your fuel sweet tooth, they even offer a Fudge Making Experience! You can even order fudge as wedding favours or business gifts.

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v  The Fudge House

Another fudgey offering - a family-run fudge shop in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile.

Delicious on its own or chopped and stirred into ice cream, as you have that well-deserved cuppa. Fudge is naturally gluten free, and there is definitely something for every taste! Highland cream, key lime pie, butterscotch, Italian nougat, chocolate rocky road, almond cream toffee, vanilla, triple dark chocolate and rum and raisin… you won't want to stop at just one delicious slice!

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v  Cranachan and Crowdie

Cranachan and Crowdie is a charming shop, with high quality Scottish treats! It boasts an exciting selection of food items that are locally produced and of good quality, from whisky flavoured marmalade, haggis flavoured shortbread, oatcakes, to a gluten-free range. The childhood favorites and well known sweets, Lees macaroon bars, Snowballs, Tunnocks Teacakes and Caramel Wafers - you'll be in heaven!

Shortbread is another wonderful and traditional Scottish treat - the delicious, crumbly and truly irresistible biscuit from premium brands such as Shortbread House of Edinburgh are packed in luxurious tins and are laid out in tempting variety in the shop. Heavenly combinations of aromas, from the iconic all butter to exotic flavours.

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In addition, they stock fantastic artisan beers, Scottish gin, whisky, and Orkney wine, vodka with Scottish strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb.

Pick up loose leaf and packaged teas in several interesting flavours that include Scottish Breakfast, heather or whisky. Why not bring a Scottish twist to your morning and try a whisky coffee - from coffee beans roasted in the Highlands? 

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Explore the tastes of authentic Scotland with a haggis homemade DIY kit or order one of their gorgeous bespoke hampers.

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A delectable delightful choice in food souvenirs for yourself or someone else!

v  J Mellis Cheese Mongers

In a world of mass produced products stacked high on shelves in supermarkets, this shop sells an astonishing range of artisan and farmhouse cheeses.  It combines top-tier international varieties from all over Europe with local specialties to create gourmet flavours. There’s a small cafe area that serves cheese platters and toasties. The ideal way to experience and enjoy new cheese at its best and tantalise your taste buds for a full-on ‘cheese experience’.
Opposite the cheeses, they sell luxurious little accompaniments that compliment well with the cheeses: loafs of artisam bread, crackers, or various types of jams and Scottish chutneys.

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v  Jeffry Street Whisky

Whisky (or Uisce Beatha in Gaelic - translated as ‘’the water of life’’) is the National drink of Scotland. So, if you want to bring home a true memento of your holiday in Scotland... this is surely the way!

An excellent collection of some independent single malts, the finest cigars and spirits alongside an impressive display of tobaccos. While enjoying fantastic whisky you can make your visit educational with a Tasting Session and learn learn about the distilling process and the various steps that create the difference in flavor and color.

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Grab some tasty souvenirs and enjoy locally produced eats. Edinburgh is blessed with small family businesses that produce excellent artisan products.  Keep an eye out - there will always be a tasty surprise around the corner!

 

 

Spotlight on Stockbridge

Edinburgh is a beautiful and historic capital city that has so many different areas just waiting to be explored. However, many visitors stick to the famous haunts that the city is most renowned for; the historic and enchanting Old Town and Grassmarket, shopping primetime on Princes Street and the bustling bars and restaurant scene on George Street. Venture just that little bit further (and when we say further we still mean a stone’s throw from the Castle – almost!) and you’ll find pockets of this wonderful city you really shouldn’t miss.

Chrystal from The Luxury Editor gives us the lowdown on how to live like a local in Stockbridge.

Location

Only a 10 minute walk (downhill!) from the West End of Princes Street Stockbridge is a thriving hub boasting traditional pubs, trendy bars, an abundance of coffee shops, excellent restaurants, an array of independent artisan shops and even a luxury boutique hotel. The Botanic Gardens, Water of Leith and Inverleith Park border the area and although you’re still right in the heart of the city the expansive green area and waterway gives you the feeling of suburbia living.

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Oooohh so many places to choose from but one of my absolute favourites is Artisan Roast, which is located in a flower shop on the main high street. It’s a cute little place and the highly trained baristas are very conscious about crafting the perfect brew so ensure you’re up for a leisurely coffee. All pastries and cakes are homemade and their date slice is a monster – the BEST ever. Sorry mother-in-law yours comes a close second!!

Out and About

Take a stroll around The Botanic Gardens, it’s a really tranquil place and not only are the gardens themselves extremely beautiful there are often art exhibitions on display in the various exhibition spaces. If you’re visiting in November I’d highly recommend the Light Festival – quite a spectacle. It’s great for children too as there are plenty of ‘playful educational’ things to do and a child friendly café and restaurant.

As with the Old Town of Edinburgh, Stockbridge and The New Town are filled with winding lanes and cobbled paths that are just waiting to be explored and make sure you do as there are some really pretty places that are worth an amble down.

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Lunch Time Snack

Peter’s Yard is a great call. It’s a Swedish bakery with a wonderful Swedish inspired selection of bread, biscuits and cakes. I love the spelt scones here and the homemade ice cream for a sweet treat is sooo creamy. They also serve really unusual salad concoctions which change daily. It is relatively small in here and very popular so be prepared to wait for a seat or choose to take-away and enjoy your Swedish treats in the park.

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I am not a cheese lover but I just love IJ Mellis cheese shop. The selection of cheeses and charcuterie style meats are simply phenomenal and the level of knowledge from the staff is incredible. A Stockbridge institution.

Afternoon Tipple / Coffee

Hamilton’s is a buzzing bar and kitchen-serving breakfast through to dinner – it has a great atmosphere no matter what time of day you go in. Although it’s child friendly it is so in a discrete manner. Comfy sofas, high bar stools, dining area and a great cocktail selection this place does dawn till dusk exceptionally well.

Dinner Date

Rollo Restaurant and Wine Bar is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or an intimate get-together with a few friends. A family run establishment that showcases the style and creative flair of sculptor, fashion designer and architect owners in its décor and the warm and friendly atmosphere makes you relax before you’ve even taken off your coat. The casual but high quality plates, sides and mains style menu is varied and extremely tasty – superb pork crackling! Smarter than a bistro but with bistro prices, I’d highly recommend booking well in advance. It’s over 18s only which helps set the stylish vibe.

Sunday Market

If you’re visit to Edinburgh incorporates a Sunday then be sure to head to the Stockbridge Sunday market. Fresh produce from cakes, cheeses, olives, bread, local butchers, fishmongers, pie makers, ale makers, gin makers – the list goes on all congregate here to impress the locals and tourists alike. Paella, pulled pork, noodles and curries are all cooked onsite too so be sure you come hungry and be reassured you will leave more than suitable satisfied.

There you have it my top-tips to live like a local in Stockbridge. Enjoy!

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Our flats in  Saxe Coburg Place or  our Georgian terraced  property blend the Scottish charm, home comforts and allow you to make the most of the of the great neighbourhood delis, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops.

They are ideal as either an intimate and romantic retreat, a break with your friends of for a fun-packed family vacation.

Luxury Edinburgh self catering stay including complimentary use of the private hot tub!

Unrivalled 360 degree views of Edinburgh and all its beautiful surrounding scenery, three floors of impeccably designed modern architecture, a private hot tub all to yourself, and a bottle of bubbly and chocolates on the house…how does this sound for a few days away? Oh – and did we mention that there’s 10% off too!?

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We’re offering this amazing deal for stays at our Panoramic Penthouse @ Quartermile in March, April and May 2016, when booked between 08/03/16 – 31/03/16. As well as offering 10% off stays of three nights or more, we are letting our guests have free use of the hot tub (normally £175 per booking). Go to our website now to book your stay using code “QM2016” or phone us on 0131 202 1188

T&Cs apply. Deal cannot be applied to any booking made before 08/03/16 and guests must use promotional code at time of booking to validate discount. 

Edinburgh: March under the spotlight

 

The desire to attend as many events and attractions as we can when we are on vacation, often means  we forget to simply live, breathe and soak up the atmosphere because we have too many checklists. Straightaway, this old movie ‘’The Bucket List’’ comes to my mind. Two people - initially strangers, find that they are sentenced to death by the relentless disease we call cancer. Thus, a cranky multimillionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a mechanic (Morgan Freeman) make up a list of their last wishes - things to do before you die - and start the last chapter of their lives together. I think the idea of the film applies to each and every one of us while travelling, where we jot down the countries and ‘’must - see attractions’’ that we would like to visit in this life.

 

Edinburgh is a museum, yet, the congestion around the widely known and popular landmarks is sometimes tedious.

In order to truly savour our sublime Edinburgh, we divulge a map of this month’s highlights. Because we all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day, to enjoy the small pleasures in every moment of our lives full of gadgets, meetings and deadlines on all levels.

Treat yourself (and your loved ones) with…

v  Make Mother’s Day at Tigerlily (3rd Mar)

It is a perfect occasion to meet in March! Hosted by Scottish designers – An exclusive collection of gifts, including jewellery and handbags.

v  Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco, Edinburgh  at Jeffrey Street (17th Mar)

“A beverage of leisure is a serious business,” Shane Bowermaster was known to declare. Novice or connoisseurs, this is a fantastic experience for your collection of Edinburgh memories. You can make a purchase to enliven your memories after you’ve left!

v  Royal Observatory Edinburgh Public Astronomy Evenings (4th /11th /18th /25th  Mar )

Unwind…

v  Legally Blonde The Musical at  King's Theatre (16th  Mar – 19th  Mar)

v  Cirque Berserk at The Festival Theatre (10th -12th  mar)

v  Edinburgh Grand Opera - La Bohème at Usher Hall (18th &19th Mar )

v  Thriller Live Edinburgh  at Edinburgh Playhouse (21st  – 26th Mar)

v  Edinburgh Fashion Week 2016 at The Mound (5th-6th Mar)

The highlights of the month:

v  Six Nations (Rugby)(Feb – Mar)

v  Scottish Golf Awards(11 Mar)

v  Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar – 10 Apr)

 

Finally, This is Edinburgh’s After Party on the 18th of March at Summerhall, which aims to ‘celebrate Edinburgh’s favourite hidden gems, independent retailers and tempting food and drink’.

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Luch with a view: Experience The Penthhouse at Royal Mile 

 

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Good things come to those who travel: 8 of the best nightlife spots in Edinburgh

Perhaps it has happened to you, like it has happened to me many a-time, to look for the cocktail menu and be met with bitter disappointment as you come across the same offerings - the boring Bloody Mary, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and other humdrum, done-to-death drinks. And then quitting and settling for a good old latte. However, read on, and we'll let you in on some of Edinburgh's alcoholic gems. Here are some of the best spots - from an insider's perspective. 

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1. Panda and Sons
79 Queen Street | Edinburgh

On the corner of Queen Street, A little treasure lies inside a subtle barbershop window, easy even for the locals to miss. You even find yourself confronted with a door disguised as a bookcase! As you venture downstairs, ambient background music meets your ears which complement the vintage décor, with real barber shop seats! With a great selection of drinks, the famous Birdcage cocktails for the more adventurous, house ale and wines are available- plus you get free complimentary popcorn at every table!

Don't worry, you'll know which book to pull out, I promise!

2. Bramble Bar
16A Queen St | Edinburgh

Perhaps the kind of bar you need to have inside knowledge about, location wise; but we've got you covered (trust me; Google Maps won't be your hero this time!)A fantastic prohibition era underground bar, you can find it in a basement on the corner of Queen Street, blink and you will miss it! A place where the craft and art of making cocktails lives strong and where you get your cocktail uniquely presented, in a tea cup or unusual vintage glass. 

3. Bar.Bados
9 Victoria Street | Old Town, EDINBURGH

An authentic setting: sand (get your flip flops ready), palm trees, cocktails and live music. Although it could be mistaken for one, this is not Rihanna's old music video, neither a nightclub somewhere in Spain (although sometimes we do wish!).It’s far from the sun, but who cares when you you’ve got swing chairs and a ping pong table?

4. The Devil's Advocate
9 Advocate Close | Old Town, Edinburgh

This edgy establishment makes you feel like you are in a modern Game of Thrones, located in an imposing building with beautiful stone arches and exposed walls. This is an excellent restaurant and bar with great food and a fantastic lively atmosphere, with ambiance accented by shallow lighting and candles. What’s more is that you’ll have a huge wall of more than 200 whiskers to choose from, a fantastic selection of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits. 

5. Dragonfly
52 West Port | Old Town, Edinburgh

This bar is refreshingly modern, because a cocktail is more than a mix of drinks in a glass - it's a mind-set, a mood board, experience. Dragonfly provides you with an inventive menu which will leave you inspired.

6. Frankenstein's
26 George IV Bridge | Old Town, Edinburgh

A unique, gloriously gothic décor comprising of three bars over three levels, mirroring the look of Dr Frankenstein's laboratory, inside a 18th century church building on George IV Bridge. House specials include Dr Frankenstein and The Bride which are a must try and classic pub style Scottish food is served until midnight.

7. Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street | Edinburgh 

The perfect balance between modern luxury and classic charm, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner, a business lunch or a catch-up with friends, while guaranteeing a buzzing atmosphere, privacy in the spacious booths and an elegant and distinctive aura. It's the kind of place that deserves visit even just to check out the interior design.

8. Lebowski's
18 Haymarket Terrace| Edinburgh

A mesmerising variety of White Russians, all named after characters from the film and with accompanying quotes. In addition to this there are plenty of other drinks available to try if you don't enjoy the classic milky cocktail, as well as a great selection of delicious burgers among the traditional menu!  

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According to a UK-based study called “Friends on Tap” by the Campaign for Real Ale (“CAMRA”), people who regularly go to pubs actually end up happier, and potentially healthier, than the rest of us. Nightlife in Edinburgh is vibrant with lots of bars, restaurants, and social hang-outs. Any day of the week, you can find a place to listen to music, eat brilliant Scottish cuisine, or just relax and soak up the Edinburgh atmosphere.

 

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Women In Tourism

Women in Tourism was set up by a small group of individuals 2015. The organisation strives to discuss and overcome challenges, seize opportunities and strengthen relationships within our industry. Aiming to answer questions regarding, amongst other things, inequality, development and remuneration within the Scottish Tourism sector, the group have released a survey specifically for female tourism workers.

The Edinburgh Address’s managing director, Anna Morris is one of the founding members of Women in Tourism and hopes the group can help to break down barriers for women across the industry.

We would very much appreciate it if, you’re a women in the tourism industry - or hoping to become a part of it, you could spare a few minutes to participate in the survey. 

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It's nearly time for the Six Nations again!

That's right - the RBS Six Nations Rugby Tournament rolls around again, kicking off on the 6th of February.

Murrayfield is hosting two games this year - a Braveheart-esque battle with Scotland VS England on the 6th of February, then Scotland VS France on the 13th of March.

For those who want to come to Edinburgh and capture the atmosphere (and the game) first-hand, we've still got availability across our luxury self catering apartments. Go to www.theedinburghaddress.com for the full list. 

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What makes Edinburgh’s Christmas so special?

Christmas Markets

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Did you know that between the 20th November and the 4th of January, there’s not one, but three Christmas markets? The Scottish Market will be at St Andrew Square again this year, showcasing the best food and drink we have to offer. The amazing European Market which has graced Edinburgh with its presence for the last 20 years, will stretch from the Mound all the way along to the Scott Monument. For the little ones the Children’s Market which is located in Santa Land is prefect! 

Food

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Edinburgh’s food scene needs no introduction. Between Michelin starred restaurants and incredible street food vendors, you’re spoiled for choice all year round. With the Christmas Markets and activities going on along Princes Street and at St Andrew Square, comes even more delicious food. Regular offerings are churros, German sausages, burgers – and don’t forget the mulled wine and cider!

Shows

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From December 15th to January 2nd, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical will be singing and dancing up a storm at Edinburgh Playhouse. If you want a truly amazing, visually thrilling show to see this Christmas – this is it. The Edinburgh Address have an exclusive offer available to guests booking accommodation before the end of November – half price Priscilla tickets. Get in touch now to book! If you prefer your performances with a little less sass and a little more class, Circa: Beyond will be on from the 20th November – 3rd January in the magical Speigeltent which will take up residence in St Andrew Square.

Rides and Attractions

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As well as the now world famous Christmas Markets, Edinburgh’s Christmas, run by Underbelly includes ice skating, a big wheel, and the notoriously terrifying Star Flyer! There really is something for everyone. This year, Virgin Money will be bringing the Street of Light to the Royal Mile - it's set to be absolutely beautiful. 

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Edinburgh’s Princes Street party is now world-famous, with our lovely city being rated as one of the best cities in the UK to bring in the New Year. Not only does Princes Street play host to an amazing gathering of revellers from all over the world, we always have amazing musicians helping us bring in the New Year. This year Scotland’s very own and very talented Biffy Clyro, along with the brilliant Idlewild will be providing the soundtrack! If you want to do something different, Abandonman’s Bass Drop Ceilidh at St Andrew’s Square is guaranteed to be awesome!

Picture Perfect Scenery

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If you’re looking to go somewhere easy on the eye, you can’t do much better than Edinburgh for a winter vacation. The city is beautiful whenever you visit – grand architecture teamed with the leafy parks scattered around make it so iconic, however at Christmas time, Edinburgh is turned into a fairy tale. Regardless of whether we get snow or not (fingers crossed we do!), the city looks so magical when it’s lit up with all its festive cheer.  

We've still got some availability for the festive period - go to The Edinburgh Address now to book your luxury self catering accommodation.

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Do you dare to explore haunted Edinburgh?

We've all heard the ghost stories about Edinburgh, so here's our list of some of the most hunted parts of the city...

        The Vaults

As the city expanded in the 18th Century, the most unlucky Edinburgh dwellers had to resort to seeking refuge in the spaces under the city where it was damp and needless to say, not great for your health. Bodies of these unfortunate people littered the Vaults and it’s even reported that the famous Burke and Hare liked to go digging for corpses there. Voices being heard, children screaming, sightings of moving shadows and unexplainable changes in the atmosphere are all spooky spectacles reported from inside Edinburgh’s Vaults in the past.

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        Mary Kings Close

One of the many alleyways coming from The Royal Mile, stories of the plague, murder and corruption surround Mary Kings Close and its sinister history. Tales of the supernatural have been coming from the Close for literally hundreds of years and it’s now a popular ghost tour destination for those not so easily frightened…

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        Calton Hill

Standing at the top of Calton Hill, you get some of the very best views over Edinburgh. Did you know that as well as having a wonderful fireworks display at Hogmanay, the hill plays host to Beltane Fire Festival – a Pagan event which lures the city’s wildest inhabitants to sing and dance around flames? This hill is no stranger to odd goings-on – it is said to be ‘haunted’ by a fairy boy who and others who have a special gift of sight into another world.

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       Greyfriars Kirkyard

Obviously, there couldn’t be a list of haunted places without mentioning at least one grave yard – that would just be silly. Greyfriars Kirkyard is probably the most famous of Edinburgh’s cemeteries –due to the tale of Greyfriars Bobby. The ghost who is said to terrorise this part of town, however, is not that of the dog – it is said to be George Mackenzie, an executioner of prisoners in the 17th century. Countless sightings and odd goings-on have been reported as well as physical disturbances and attacks!

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        Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh is often described as one of the most haunted cities in the world, so it’s no surprise that the castle, which has seen numerous bloody battles, would be one of the most ghostly places in town. Two of the most common reports are of visitors being able to hear bagpipes from the tunnels below – where a lone piper disappeared hundreds of years ago – and the sighting of a little drummer boy (who just happens to be headless).

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Even with all our ghosts and unexplained goings-on, Edinburgh is an amazing place to visit – so whether you’re in search of the paranormal, or just fancy a relaxing trip to Scotland’s capital, visit us online for luxury accommodation

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Introducing… The collection of four exquisite apartments new to The Edinburgh Address

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We’ve just added the most indulgent, luxurious medley of beautiful flats to our portfolio and we can’t wait to share them with you! We’ve added three penthouses – a one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom as well as a three bedroom town house – style apartment. As well as being immaculately adorned throughout, they are situated in Edinburgh’s most famous street – The Royal Mile. These apartments, without a doubt, are the full package of deluxe living.

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Views stretch across Princes Street and Calton Hill, over Edinburgh’s rooftops. If you’re coming to Scotland’s capital, these apartments really are the place to take in the city in style. 

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The Edinburgh Address and Edinburgh Playhouse - Excellent Entertainment and Delightful Digs!

We are delighted to announce that we’ve recently teamed up with Edinburgh Playhouse to be able to offer our customer’s exclusive theatre ticket deals when you book accommodation through The Edinburgh Address.

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The Playhouse has some amazing shows lined up in the coming months from its Christmas panto “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert” to the classic “The Sound of Music” and the gripping “Blood Brothers” as well as sing-along-shocker “The Rocky Horror Show”.

This October, we're offering half price tickets to Shrek The Musical! 

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If you’re into theatre, then coming Edinburgh and to the legendary (and biggest working theatre in the UK, don’t you know!) is an absolute must! With loads of great restaurants near-by (many of which have special pre-theatre menus), a good old-fashioned night at the theatre can be the perfect evening away. Combining it with staying in one of the most magical cities in the world in first class accommodation, it’s guaranteed to be a fabulous experience! 

Contact us on 0131 202 1188 for booking enquiries or visit The Edinburgh Address for availability and rates.

 

Welcome to The Edinburgh Castle Suite

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We are delighted to announce that we have added an absolutely stunning property to our portfolio! The Edinburgh Castle Suite @ Castle Terrace is a five star, jaw-dropping-ly beautiful three bedroom flat which we are proud to say can be rented out from now for stays of between two nights and three months. 

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Situated on the famous Castle Terrace, this second floor flat has unbeatable views over the castle and further out to Princes Street. You can literally be lounging about in the sitting room with Edinburgh Castle just in front of you. As well as the brilliant views, the apartment is second to none in its interior – designed using a mix of classic Edinburgh Style and fresh and funky art work.

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The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you’ll need to cook – or why not hire our private chef to come and do the hard work for you! 

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Holidaying: Why rent an apartment instead of a hotel room?

Everyone loves a holiday – that’s one thing for sure. Choosing where to go can be half the fun (or the battle), but one thing has been changing in recent years – renting an apartment as opposed to a hotel room is on the rise among travellers. Once you’ve decided on your destination, it’s time to pick where you’ll be calling ‘home’ for the next few nights. To us, the obvious choice is your own private luxurious apartment, not just one hotel room. Here’s why:

  • Privacy – a place to call your own! When renting out a whole apartment, you have your own space – no nosey neighbours to bump into in the hotel corridor! Your own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living area means that if you don’t want to see anyone else – you don’t have to! Hide yourself away in that apartment all you like! If you want to eat breakfast in your birthday suit, no one’s going to stop you!

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  • Space – In the famous words of Mel Gibson (Braveheart) “Freeeeeeedom!”
    The Edinburgh Address’s apartments range from a perfectly compact studio flat to a huge 5 bedroom, three bathroom lakeside house or a penthouse spread over three floors which sleeps up to 9 people and has its own roof-top hot tub! Don’t be confined to your little hotel room, spread your wings in your very own apartment!

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  • Money – All of The Edinburgh Address’s apartments are in city centre locations – Royal Mile, The Meadows, Castle Terrace – take your pick! Staying in a hotel room in any of these locations would most likely break the bank, but when you cut down the cost of renting a whole apartment, prices per night, per person are almost always less expensive than if you went for a hotel room. We also offer long stay and low season adjustments of up to 40%!

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  • Charged per apartment, not per person – As mentioned, renting out a whole apartment can often make more sense financially than a hotel room. Hotels usually charge for the number of people staying in the room/rooms, however we have a flat rate for out apartments so as long as there’s enough beds for bodies – you won’t have to pay any extra!

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  • Feel like a local – Immerse yourself into Edinburgh’s culture and live in one of its iconic cobbled windy streets. Staying in a hotel can feel generic, but when you have your own apartment, you can really settle into the style of the city.

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  • Luxury – All of The Edinburgh Address’s apartments are hand-picked for our portfolio and we make sure they are up to an extremely high standard. Each apartment is individual in its exterior and interior, each with its own luxurious theme.

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  • Freedom with food! – You don’t have to eat in the hotel restaurant, you don’t have to eat in any restaurant if you don’t want to – you don’t even have to get dressed for dinner! Renting an apartment means having your own kitchen complete with all essential amenities meaning if you want to make cheese on toast at 4am, you can make cheese on toast at 4am! In fact, did you know that you can hire a private chef to come and cook for you in your Edinburgh apartment? It’s all about choice!

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Whichever one of our gorgeous apartments you decide to make your home from home, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. To have a look at all our apartments and check availability, click here. Phone 0131 202 1188 for all enquiries. 

 

 

Edinburgh Festival 2015 - The Edinburgh Address's Top Picks

Like every year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is set to grow yet again, with more performers, venues and audience members than ever before flooding into our city to grab a piece of the action. Picking which shows to see out of the 3,314 taking place this year will be no mean feat – we’ve only got between the 7th and the 31st of August to cram in hours of comedy, music, theatre and magic. Whether you live in Edinburgh or you’re making the pilgrimage to our beautiful little city especially for this spectacular month, there’s not a chance of you running out of things to keep you amused.

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Here, we’ve made a list of what we expect to be some of the most brilliant shows this year:

Woolly Eyed Turtle - Cantankerous Theatre

“One stupid town and all its inhabitants played by two ridiculous women”

If you’re looking for laugh out loud funny, Woolly Eyed Turtle is what you need to be watching this summer. Made up of Emily and Meave, Cantankerous aim to blend cultural ideas they grew up with in Ireland by bravely tapping into bold stereotypes and portraying them in a hilarious line up of characters. Look out for awkward results and unexpected twists in their shows.

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Hitch! - Big Sexy Circus City

“Riveting style… everything that is imaginative about modern circus and cabaret”

What would the festival be without a little cabaret!? This hugely entertaining show involving circus and cabaret is based on the like of Alfred Hitchcock and promises not to disappoint! Go along to see this funny, dark, intriguing and entirely captivating show and you’ll want to see more of what Big Sexy Circus City have to offer!

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The Dougie MacLean Project

“A musical hero”

Probably most famously known for his hit song “Caledonia” – this will be an unmissable evening of traditional Scottish music. A must for any festival-goer who wants to get back to the Scottish spirit of it all. This seven piece band promises lively tunes and sensitive tones.

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Hairy Mclary’s Cat Tales - Nonsense Room Productions

“Every child should see it!”

This is one for the kids (or those who refuse to be counted as adults). For anyone who remembers the Hairy Mclary books, this show will give you nostalgia – the return of the scruffy little dog and all his friends will take you back to your childhood! For those taking children along to the festival, this show is a must with its story-telling and catchy songs to keep the little ones captivated!

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Jurassic Park - Superbolt Theatre

“Raptors may be defeated, but every family has its monsters”

The award-winning five-star sell-out spin on Spielberg's classic is guaranteed to have you in stitches. The Park family welcome you to Lyme Regis for their dinotastic DIY adventure. This funny yet touching show is definitely one to mark on your calendar as a must-see.

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Are you coming to the Edinburgh Festival 2015? We've still got availability in some of our luxury apartments during August! Visit us online at The Edinburgh Address or phone us on 0131 202 1188 to book your accommodation today! Rent your own home from home in central Edinburgh and live like a local. 

 

It's a Dog's Life!

If like us you love dogs, Edinburgh is the right place for you and your pooch to come for a holiday! Edinburgh loves dogs. Just look at our history – good old Grey Friars Bobby holds his place on George IV Bridge outside Greyfriars Kirkyard where he guarded the grave of his owner for 14 years!

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The brilliant Dugs’N’Pubs has become somewhat of an Edinburgh institution, now guiding dog owners all over the UK on where the best dog-friendly pubs are. Go onto their Twitter and you’ll be met with a hall of fame – pictures of people’s dogs they tweet in.

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Some of the most notable Edinburgh drinking holes you can go with Man’s Best Friend are The Sailsbury Arms, Newington, Bon Vivant, Stockbridge and the aptly named The Wally Dug, New Town.

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This brilliant Buzzfeed post might surprise you with some of Edinburgh’s dog-friendly places such as theatres, art shops, beauty salons and boutiques.

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If you decide to visit Edinburgh with your furry friend, The Edinburgh Address has the perfect dog-friendly property. Located in the lovely Newington, The Family Retreat @ Arthurs Seat is close enough to all the city centre attractions, and plenty of bars and café’s that you’ll be enjoying Edinburgh’s buzz. With your own garden and situated in view of Arthurs Seat, you’ll have plenty of room to go for a run with your puppy! 

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For a full list of The Edinburgh Address luxury self catering accommodation please visit us online or phone 0131 261 8646.

 

Well Done Marathon-ers!

It was the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this weekend and it was an amazing atmosphere! We’d like to say a huge well done to anyone who ran in any of the races – and an especially big congratulations to Siobhan, our Sales and Office Manager who completed the 10K in 1 hour and 1 minute!

Although the race was gruelling and parts were uphill, Siobhan kept going and crossed the finish line. She’d been training by running the length of the Forth Road Bridge accompanied by her six year old son on his bike!

The sun came out to shine at the weekend for everyone running their race and a great time was had by all! We’re looking forward to another busy marathon weekend next year – although first we’ve got the summer to come!

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Visit Edinburgh this Summer!

We’d like to be able to say that ‘summer is coming’, however with recent week’s weather it’s hard to say which season we’re in! Let’s be honest – Scotland isn’t exactly famed for its clear blue skies and scorching heat! So let’s just say June, July and August are coming, which in Edinburgh means much more than weather. It means atmosphere. It means the streets being packed by tourists, it means ‘taps aff’ if the sun decides to show its face. And it means the Fringe Festival, which every Edinburgh native loves to moan about but secretly love it as much as everyone else.

Why should you visit Edinburgh this summer? Here’s why:

1. Food and Drink

With this being Scotland’s year of Food and Drink, it makes more reason than ever to visit the capital to sample some of the treats we have to offer. We’re not just talking about your traditional Scottish food like haggis and neeps, we’re talking about a modern, contemporary twist on great Scottish cuisine. Amazing restaurants such as The Witchery and the lovely vegetarian eatery David Bann, and Cranachan & Crowdie, the fantastic fine Scottish food and drink deli on the Royal Mile.

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2. Culture

The history, art and atmosphere of Scotland’s capital come together to create a rich and vibrant culture which is only heightened in the summer months with the array of events and festivals. Edinburgh’s feel in the summer months cannot be matched, with traditions from all over the world making the city one huge hub of activity.

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3. Attractions

Of course in Edinburgh we’ve always got the classic attractions. The Castle, Edinburgh Dungeons, Camera Obscura, Dynamic Earth and Mary King’s Close provide entertainment (and in some cases a massive fright) all year round.

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4. Festivals

This couldn’t be a blog post about Edinburgh in the summer time without mentioning the festivals. But it’s not just the world famous Fringe – Edinburgh is “the world’s leading festival city”. We’ve got the International Film Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival and the International Book Festival too.

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5. Golf

Scotland has 578 golf courses. Yes. Five hundred and seventy eight. Edinburgh has 67 of these 578. With the 144th British Golf Open being at the beautiful St. Andrews this year, there’s no better reason to stay in Edinburgh and explore. 

 

 

Eight Great Gluten Free Edinburgh Eats

As anyone else who has the misfortune of having been diagnosed with coeliac disease, a wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity, or those healthy eaters (such as Gwyneth Paltrow) who decide to forgo gluten for the (suggested) benefits going without it brings, you’ll know that when it comes to dining out it’s not always a walk in the park.

Edinburgh – like every other place in the UK it seems – does have the usual pasta and pizza chains which offer gluten free versions - which is all good and well, however you can get quite fed up with the sometimes cardboard-y texture of the GF pizza base and let’s be honest, pasta isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. Having Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Amarone and Zizzi is convenient, but it’s nice to go somewhere with a more local, individual feel.

So here are eight places in Edinburgh where you can get some good, fresh, gluten free food:

1. Tuk Tuk

1 Leven Street, Edinburgh 

Tuk Tuk is an awesome Indian street food restaurant offering tapas – style dishes in a laid back stylish environment. Loads of their food is naturally gluten free and it’s great because you can try a few little dishes instead of having to stick with one choice. It’s BYOB, making their already inexpensive prices seem even more affordable.

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2.The Mussel and Steak Bar

110 West Bow, Edinburgh

The Mussel and Steak Bar has two restaurants; one in the amazing Grassmarket, and one conveniently located on Jeffrey Street. Go there to try some of Scotland’s best local produce – have their famous Surf ‘n’ Turf to sample the home grown goodness from the land and the sea. Most of their food is naturally gluten free and they have at least one vegetarian option too.

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3. The Roamin’ Nose

14 Eyre Place, Edinburgh 

The Roamin’ Nose is a lovely bar/restaurant with a really cool atmosphere. I’d emailed the manager before I went along for a big dinner party and when I got there she gave me my own little plate of oatcakes with the antipasti and bread for everyone else and told me if I could or couldn’t have each thing that was brought to the table. There’s not a huge choice in terms of options but it’s a great place and the food that is gluten free is super tasty and well made.

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4. Indaba

3 Lochrin Terrace Edinburgh

If you want to try something different and delicious, go to Indaba. Most of their menu is gluten free and the staff have tonnes of knowledge about their menu and dietary requirements. They bring together flavours from Spain, South Africa and Venezuela and it doesn’t disappoint – on my last visit I ate crocodile and it was delicious!

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5.Tupiniquim

Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

I LOVE THIS PLACE. The staff are awesome and the crepes are even more awesome. They’re all gluten free and you have them lactose free too if you like. They do sweet or savoury fillings and have different specials every day. There’s an amazing atmosphere around the converted old police box and especially during the Festival it’s always crowded and loud from music.

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6. Café Andaluz

77B George St, Edinburgh

With one location in Edinburgh and two in Glasgow, Café Andaluz is an extremely popular Spanish tapas restaurant. Like Indaba there are loads of gluten free and vegetarian options and as they’re small dishes you can try lots.

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7. Falko : Konditormeister

185 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh 

The café is located in Bruntsfield and although there isn’t a great selection of gluten free savoury food, they always have a few amazing looking cake options.

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8. Burger

94a Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

It may not be the healthiest choice, but burgers are burgers and who can resist them?! It’s so great when you can go somewhere and order a burger WITH a bun. This American-style, chic version of a fast food restaurant where you can order a (proper) drink with your burger has many verities on its menu. Yum yum. 

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Book The Panoramic Penthouse @ Quartermile for May and have unlimited use of the private hot tub!

No-one ever promised Scottish weather would be good, regardless of the time of year, and it seems like recently we’ve experienced each of the four seasons at least once in Edinburgh! You’d never hear of anyone heading to Scotland with a suitcase full of swim suits and sun cream – but luckily we’ve got far more to offer than heat! We’re not saying that the weather is always bad though – last month for example in places the temperature reached a tropical 20°C!

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Scotland’s rich culture and history makes it a wonderful and interesting place to visit and it’s an added bonus when we do get sunshine and warmth. As we can’t predict the weather for you, we’ve decided to offer something else much more luxurious for bookings made at The Panoramic Penthouse @ Quartermile this May. Sleeping up to six adults and three children, this stunning apartment is one of The Edinburgh Address’s most prestigious properties. Set over three floors and with three separate balconies, there’s exclusive use of the private hot tub on the roof terrace which would normally cost an additional £100 – when you book during May we are giving the use of the hot tub completely free! Imagine sitting in the hot tub, looking across the Meadows, whether it’s a fabulous sunny day or an atmospheric grey one, you’ll be warm and relaxed, in completely luxurious surroundings.

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So sit back and relax in your very own private hot tub, sip champagne, read a book, watch the world go by – and watch it somewhere you can really see everything. There is literally a 360 degree view of Edinburgh from the private roof terrace. So whatever you’re planning to do in May, plan to do it in Edinburgh.

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For enquiries and a full list of our properties available please visit our website, or alternatively phone 0131 261 8646 and a member of staff will be more than happy to speak with you. 

It's Time to Graduate!

It’s that time of year again – classes are drawing to a close, dissertations are bound and submitted and the realisation that university is finally over and the world of employment is beckoning you is very real! It’s time to get out those black capes and funny hats, prepare to smile for the camera and celebrate with family and friends – it’s graduation time!

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Firstly, we’d like to say a huge congratulations from The Edinburgh Address to all the students graduating this year. Of course this is a huge cause for celebration for parents and family members of anyone who’s achieving their university alumni status.

If you’re coming to proudly watch your son, daughter or friend graduate or just fancy a luxurious stay in the city, The Edinburgh Address has the perfect self catering apartment for you.

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Fantastically located, The West End Retreat @ Lynedoch Place is in a beautiful setting and close to Usher Hall and a 5 minute walk from Princes Street. The apartment has recently been refurbished, giving classic Georgian Edinburgh a stylish twist.

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Located near the Meadows and in the picture perfect area of Marchmont, book Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road for a stay in a luxurious, yet home-comfort styled apartment. This apartment sleeps 5 people so is ideal for family stays.

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If you fancy staying in the beautiful residential area of Stockbridge when visiting Edinburgh, Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street is the apartment for you. This Georgian terraced flat is a cosy and contemporary space which could easily become your home from home.

For enquiries and a full list of our properties available click here, or alternatively phone 0131 261 8646 and a member of staff will be more than happy to speak with you. 

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