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With so many magical things happening in our favourite city this Christmas period, visitors will be spoilt for choice for things to fill their winter break with festive cheer and excitement. Kicking things off on the 24th of November is the sparkling Light Night. Themed around the twelve days of Christmas and featuring special guest, Sir Chris Hoy, as well as the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, musicians from Hordaland, and the wonderful musical and theatrical talents of over 60 school and community groups, this is one event you won’t want to miss!

 

In order to take full advantage of this, as well as the whole host of other wonderful events on offer and covered in Aija’s entry here, why not book one of our beautiful apartments as your home from home this Christmas season? With luxurious apartments for you and your family ready and waiting to welcome you, your Edinburgh address is just a click away! 

Another part of Edinburgh worth every bit of your appreciation and keen exploration is Leith . A port district to the north of Edinburgh city centre, Leith and Leithers - though now part of the burgh of Edinburgh - are still fiercely independent in nature and character. And they have every right to be, what with all the undiscovered gems which most Edinburgh visitors have not dared to venture out to scavenge. Of course, Leith Port is also where the Royal Yacht Britannia resides, for those curious.

Leith brims with personality and creativity; quirky off the trodden path indie shops and bars, high quality restaurants and cafes providing respite from all the walking and exploring. And not to forget, there is a whole film on the beauty of Leith - anyone seen Sunshine on Leith?

The best way – weather allowing – to find your way into Leith is along the Water of Leith walkway that leads from Stockbridge, Dean Village or Canonmills all the way to Leith’s picturesque The Shore area. Alternatively, you can also use some of the excellent public transport connection from New Town Edinburgh centre down Leith Walk.

If you are out looking for some culture, Leith is definitely the place to go, as there is always something going on (same as the whole of Edinburgh, really – this city never sleeps!) and there is a varied choice from exhibitions, to live music, to the general hub of night life. And you could never stray away from Leith hungry – the abundance of restaurants and cafes is stunning. For those looking for a snack or a comfortable lunch, you cannot go wrong with any of the Boda crew’s places along Leith. From the top of Leith Walk starting with Joseph Pearce, then  Boda, Victoria, and Sofi’s, you are sure to be in for a treat! As well as yummy treats we mustn't forget the tongue-in-cheek, contemporary and definitely unique monthly changing art exhibitions.

The other lovely pit stop for coffee and, ethically sound, home-made delicacies fix is the Word of Mouth café, just off from Leith Walk. Just alone their savvy local sourcing of products and support of local businesses especially in and around the Leith area is worth to stop by to show this lovely café some love.

Up for something with a laid back and distinctive atmosphere for that dinner of yours? The restaurant e:s:i (or the Englishman, the Scotsman and the Irishman) is a gorgeous restaurant with enviable first class food. A warm and friendly restaurant with excellent service provided by the Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman - three friends who have joined together to open their first restaurant. What originally was a fire station has provided the brasserie a unique layout, entering e:s:i into the nu-Leith era in style

And of course if you can tear yourself away from the Michelin star restaurants of Kitchin and Martin Wishart and the Plumed Horse, there is the splendid The Ship restaurant, with inimitable sea food of highest quality – and a wine list to match! And the cook’s in The Ship are not shy about their skills either, explaining how with over 200 varieties in Scottish waters, they are in the enviable position of being able to offer a world class product that’s enjoyed in the world’s finest restaurants. I do agree – plus you will be onboard a ship for your exclusive dinner, overlooking the quaint The Shore.

And of course, now that Christmas is on its way, there is no way Leith would not join the jolly season with its very own switching on of Christmas Tree Lights event with a hearty sing a long officially starting the Christmas season in Leith!

Edinburgh never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think there could not be more to dunsapie loch2discover, I go for a walk on that rare sunny day this time of year, and as the weather is so uncharacteristically warm and sunny, I keep walking.

This ex tempore day stroll took us through Grassmarket, up Victoria Street to the Royal Mile, down all the way to Our Dynamic Earth. Can’t stop here, now can we? Through the Holyrood Park up to the foot of Arthur’s Seat and a little way up there’s the Dunsapie Loch, filled with what seems like dozens over dozens of swans and other water birds. What’s that? Up the hill overlooking the Loch still remain the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel. The view from up there is breathtaking. You can see big part of the city centre, all the church peaks and the Castle.

Back down through the park to go behind Holyrood Palace, up Abbey Hill and towards Regent Terrace, a road I haven’t before walked through. Probably that was why I was surprised to encounter the Old Calton Burial Ground – a beautiful old cemetery that whispers of history, clashing with the modern abuse it suffers from the hands of renegades of all sorts. Another beautiful view of Arthur’s Seat, from a different angle.

It is nearly impossible to stop walking in Edinburgh once you’ve started. Just wanting to walk through yet another path or passage, wondering what they could possibly lead to. From the Old Calton Burial Ground we walked to the steps at the bottom of Calton Hill, deciding to go up the Hill as well – why not? We were almost there already!

Walking the curving path winding up towards the top of the Hill, getting an almost full 180° view of the city. Unbelievable.

After all that walking (the whole walk was about 4 hours, with breaks to take in all the beauty and sun) there are no words to describe how hungry I was! Candy proved to be the best place for tea – some finger food for starters, a great burger for main. The whole dinner for two with drinks came to just over £21 and was absolute quality!faber emporium

After dinner the dusk had set, which proved perfect for a walk through the city itself, with the street lights and street performers adding to that eerie, yet magical feel. Sometimes it is hard to understand how lucky I am living here, and how happy just a walk in this city can make me.

Last but not least, we ended up back in Grassmarket and, although it was chilly, the outside seating area by the Last Drop was too tempting. Another amazing view, people watching with a wee dram of Dalwhinnie wrapped up the perfect day.

 

The Jolly Season is nearly upon us! Winter in Edinburgh is yet another magical time – with markets and events happening all around the city, there couldn’t be much better a-place to get that Christmas shopping done and to do it in style – and that means with a mug of mulled in your hand!

When you make your travel bookings, make sure you plan around some of these extraordinary events – and keep in mind the Winter Special deals on our apartments to make sure you get the best experience from your stay!

Edinburgh is a fantastic example of supporting the local producers – every weekend there is a fresh market or few to choose from, to get that fresh goodies kick. The offer is as varied as it is fresh, and there is the added bonus of exceptional atmosphere to go with your shopping. Face to face shopping with those who actually have made/grown the products available, and it is well worth the moment to spend talking with the producers, informing yourself of where the meat, fish, fruit, vegetable, baked goodies or hand-made crafts actually come from. It is more a social enterprise than just another shopping experience.

The Edinburgh Address has many apartments conveniently located just around the corner from some of the best Edinburgh fresh markets, to make it easy for our guests to nip out for a fresh bun with some home-made jam or other delicacies for your breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Just up the road from The Stylish City Break @ Gayfield Square and a short walking distance from South Charlotte Street @ Charlotte Square there is the St. Mary’s Market, just in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Cathedral Lane. The market is every Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and is one of the community-focused markets, which also supports various social projects within Edinburgh city and the Lothian area, and are committed to reinvesting part of our profits from stall rent into projects that benefit the local community with a focus on employability and skill development.

 

Just across the road from Apartment Castle Terrace @ 9A and Garden Apartment @ Castle Terrace, and short walking distance (less than 10 minutes) from The West End Retreat @ Lynedoch Place, Drumsheugh Apartment @ Drumsheugh Gardens and The Studio @ Drumsheugh Gardens is the most popular market in the city; the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market. With over 55 specialists attend every Saturday (9am to 2pm, on Castle Street) with their artisan goodies, fresh bakes, vegetables and fruits and fresh dairy, meat and fish products. With the quirky add of the smallest café on wheels, the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market is somewhere you want to spend a good hour browsing for the best for you daily needs. Or if you just want to drop by for a quick snack, make sure to try some of the best hamburgers and other delish dishes cooked and served smoking hot and ready to eat (especially head for the MacPherson family’s Well Hung and Tender stall – you won’t regret it!).

 

Near our lovely Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street apartment, there is the artisan Stockbridge Market, Sundays from 10am to 5pm, on the corner of Saunders and Kerr Street’s (not too far to walk from our other city centre apartments, mind you!). The Stockbridge Market brings that extra bit of grandeur to the artisan delicacies in offer; where the farmers bring in their freshest of products with traders and specialty producers from all over, including Scotland’s own as well as French and Italian specialties. Just the idea of those French cheeses and wide selection of antipasti makes my tummy growl.

 

Have a delicious stay in UK's happiest city!

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The Autumn Tests are a series of rugby union test matches that take place at the Murrayfield stadium during November. Teams from the Six Nations Championship play against the competitors in The Rugby Championship, and the second-tier teams, such as those from North American and Pacific countries, also participate. During November Scotland is set to take on three of the best teams in the world – Japan, South Africa and Australia.

 

The Game Schedule

Saturday, 9 November: Scotland v Japan 2.30pm

The two teams last met in June 2010 before Scotland’s summer tour where a Scotland XV won 24-5. Japan are currently ranked 15th in the world

Sunday, 17 November: Scotland v South Africa 3pm

The Scots will be seeking inspiration from the 21-17 victory three years ago, a magnificent Scotland win that ended South Africa’s dream of a UK grand slam tour.

Saturday, 23 November: Scotland v Australia 6pm


Scotland are going for three wins in a row against the Wallabies, having won in Australia last summer (Scotland’s first win on Australian soil since 1982) and the last time the two teams met at Murrayfield, in November 2009.

In excitement and anticipation of the games, we at the Edinburgh Address have put together a nice bunch of special deals to accommodate all the rugby fans – and what would be better than coming to homely place after the hype of a match, have another beer with your mates, or a cup of tea with the family?


The Edinburgh Address rugby special offers

On top of the special deals attached to the flats themselves in November, there’s also the added bonus of late check out free of charge for all rugby deals!

Apartment Castle Terrace @ 9A
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6 (+2)
15% off in November

Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Rd
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5

10% off in November!

The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate

Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4 (+1)

10% off in November!

New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2 (+2)
10% In November!

Note that this gorgeous apartment is right next to New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street (Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2 (+2 on bed sofa)), so if you will be traveling in a larger group, booking both flats would be ideal, especially with the special deals!

 

Midweek Special Offers - take advantage of our famous midweek deals!


Drumsheugh Apartment @ Drumsheugh Gardens

Bedroms 3, Sleeps 6
Special midweek offers available, and another great chance for when you are traveling with a bigger group, to book the The Studio @ Drumsheugh Gardens (Bedrooms Studio and sleeps 2), which is right next doors!

The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile

This 3 bed beauty is booked every weekend in November but free midweek and at special rates - dont miss out!

Let the games begin!

 

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I recently saw a film that took place in Dublin, near where I had lived years ago. And that little titbit of personal reference got me thinking of films based in Edinburgh. There are quite a few actually, but for the sake of keeping thing interesting, I’ve chosen to enlighten you as well as myself on four particular.

The first two were originally novels by Irvine Welsh, the wild child of Edinburgh, writing observatory stories about the underbelly of the most popular city in Europe. Mainly written in Scottish vernacular, Welsh incorporates not just the uniqueness of Edinburgh city, but also the uniqueness of language, with its singsong qualities of the dialectal style and the rhyming slang. Describing the existence of the squalor underground in culturally rich Edinburgh to the finest detail, Welsh has even the most desensitized reader thinking twice.

Trainspotting follows a group of heroin addicts in the late 1980’s, where no matter how you look at it, the lives of the characters are going to end up in purgatory or something worse. Welsh has a knack for tapping in to the subculture. The energy in the film pulls you in, but at the same time you feel like a voyeur and wish you had never peeped in the first place. The allure of the lifestyle has Renton as hooked as the viewer is in following the fast paced film.

What is even more intriguing is that after two decades, the original cast, also with the original director Danny Boyle, of Trainspotting coming together, set to return for a sequel. Based on the follow up novel Porno (2002), the script is finally in progress and the film is planned to be released in 2016, or the twentieth anniversary of the original. Boyle laments on the reasons of doing a sequel; “The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw it because they were younger.”

Also from Welsh comes Filth. Just couple weeks ago Filth opened in cinemas across UK and, as we have grown to know with Welsh, is already tearing viewers and critics into two very distinct groups; those who hate it, and those who love it. Despite which group you might belong to, might be best to avoid the film with a full stomach as Welsh rips right into the seamiest side of human nature with his main character Bruce, who is anything but pleasant, as far from anti-hero even as you could imagine. You cannot sympathize with Bruce, but you can – and you will – pity him.

Much in the vein of Trainspotting, Welsh one again dips into the junkie filled general horridness of Edinburgh’s underbelly. Welsh himself said Filth was the one from his books he most wanted to see being made into a film, as it had the “most potential for a bold filmmaker.” Not for the faint hearted, as anything by Welsh is tapping into that “peculiar extremism to Scottish self-destruction, (…) perhaps because it has to work so hard to drown out the vocal little Puritan lurking in the Scottish psyche” .

Too heavy, too potentially gut wrenching? Then you would probably enjoy the feel-good Edinburgh’s cinematic gift to musicals – Sunshine on Leith. First a stage hit and now a feature film that enchants audiences. Who would have thought to make a film of two young soldiers, returning from Afganistan to re-enter civilian life – and to make it a musical? Preposterous, you might think. But Sunshine on Leith might not be the best film you have ever seen, but it certainly is very likeable. The music of Scotland’s very own the Proclaimers provides the tone and soundtrack (think of Mamma Mia and Abba and you get what I mean) for the film, a jukebox musical that will have you dancing and singing even days after you saw the film.

Whereas as Trainspotting did not offer much in the views of our gorgeous Edinburgh, Filth and Sunshine on Leith both have those of us who have not been here as long as well as those who have grown up here exclaiming in excitement “that’s where I …!” or “Remember just there…!”

The lyrics of the Proclaimers’ repertoire employ as the narrative drive – for example when during I Met You, Davy sings the line “And then one night I went to Morningside and you were waiting” to Yvonne, who, sure enough, has a flat in Miss Jean Brodie’s former neighbourhood.

And one more for the road, something quite different than the first three described films. Angel’s Share is rough, and not just round the edges, but it dives into the life of the young ne’er do well Robbie’s life during a time when he has to make the roughest decisions of whether to continue down his squalored ways or become a better man. Definitely the kind of film you would not expect to get under your skin but does. Director Ken Loach is a master at Loach is a master of sudden, disturbing shifts of mood, and embedding the comedy in works that are often deeply sad or tragic .

Technically not an Edinburgh film, as Robbie and his fellows are based in Glasgow, but they do venture out to Edinburgh for some whisky tasting, and that is where they get their grand idea that ultimately leads to Robbie’s transformation. Angel’s Share is tuned into the seemingly permanent youth unemployment and the despair and communal erosion it engenders. But the realistic and humanistic tone is bracingly optimistic, and when Robbie packs Leonie in their van, to start a new life in Stirling, you know you have witnessed an ultimate redemption Robbie needed in order to put his old life behind him.

The term Angel’s share, well-known for the connoisseurs from the distilling lore, transform with Robbie from a joke about capitalist exploitation that turns at the end of the film into a metaphor for generosity and gratitude.

All of these films, and more, make Edinburgh that much special.

 

Locations worth seeing from the films:

Trainspotting was mainly filmed in Glasgow, though you can see how fast you can run from  the Princes Street to Calton Street Bridge - why not.

Stroll around some of the more off-beat alleys and passages much like Bruce in Filth

Dance in front the National Galleries like in Sunshine on Leith, or 

Go for whisky tasting as in Angel’s Share in either the excellent The Scotch Whisky Experience or equally great Whiski Rooms.

TonicLooking for something a bit different to do in Edinburgh? I recently took part in one of 56 North's Gin Masterclasses and would definitely recommend!

The resident gin expert talked us through 8 different gins: some brands we recognised as well as some more specialised bottles. We were left to choose how we paired the gin using the 5 different mixers provided. I must admit that I hadn’t considered tonic water much until the class, but I now realise what a difference a good quality tonic can make to your drink!

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The class was just the right size with about twenty of us at 3 different tables, it gave us a chance to ask our ask our questions and have one on one chats with the class leader.

Half way through, we were given a quick break when the delightful canapés including smoked salmon pitta breads, macaroons and profiteroles were brought out on cake stands. 

It was the perfect Sunday afternoon activity and within walking distance from The Old Chapel @ George Square, The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside and The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate, book a last minute stay now!

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As Halloween is a topic that has us here at the Edinburgh Address more than excited, we decided to show some of Edinburgh's finest ghost, witch and the living dead themed tours. For Halloween or whenever else you might want to be scared, make sure you visit one or more of these tours!

The Dungeons

Special effects, underground rides, storytelling – what else could anyone ask for?

Halloween specials:

  • 10th - 31st October - Meet the Druids of the Votadini tribe and learn about the roots of Halloween and the usual cast of Dungeon characters and stunning special effects, as well as 2 thrilling rides,
  • 26th and 27th October - Scary Style: Dress up kids! If your young 'uns come in fancy dress they'll receive discounted entry. It's the weekend of the 26th and 27th only though folks.

Tours are recommended to be booked in advance as Halloween does get the druids and others very busy; and coming in costume is encouraged!

The Real Mary Kings Close

 

For hundreds of years the true story of the Close has remained untold but now The Real Mary King’s Close tour explores the underground Edinburgh. At the heart of Edinburgh's vibrant streets, buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, with a series of rooms and streets frozen in time since the 17th Century.

"For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die.  Research and archaeological evidence have revealed a truer story, rooted in fact and – as is so often the case – more fascinating than any amount of fiction." Doesn't that get your skin crawling and your supernatural censors clanging in echo of the ghostly chains? Obviously, Mary has some unfinished business to take care of as she is known to haunt the closes to this day.

The Mercat Tours do it slightly differently, offering you for different ghoulish tours, as well as one in Spanish for those inclined! Intriguingly, you can even have a private tour that you can design yourself – how spooked can you dare yourself to be?!

Haunted Halloween Tour of Edinburgh
What a tagline: "Which nobleman feasted on human flesh? Who had a date with the devil? What tortured soul haunts the Canongate graveyard?" The tour guests are invited to take part in the exclusive Haunted Halloween Tour of Edinburgh and find out what other dark secrets lie in the haunts of the city. Expect the unexpected on a spine-chilling walking tour, discovering Old Edinburgh’s spookiest secrets.  By the cover of night, your exclusive tour will pass through the historic Old Town, from the ancient gallows to the creepy Canongate graveyard, and other parts of the city with guides trained in the ancient art of storytelling. Regaled by dramatic tales of torture and traitors, your bloodthirsty guide will ensure a memorable evening full of Halloween horrors to terrify even the bravest souls amongst you!


Auld Reekie Tours
go all out for Halloween as well as other times of the year, offering four different kinds of haunted, spookier than next tours in Edinburgh city.

UNDERGROUND TOUR
Beneath the streets as we uncover the dark history of old Edinburgh and the South Bridge Vaults.

VAULTS & WYNDS TOUR

A dark historical journey above and below ground. Let history unfold in surroundings dating back to the 1700s.

TERROR TOUR


Bone chilling stories told in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh's old town. Enter our underground vaults and let the dark tales continue. Torture exhibition included.

 

GHOST & TORTURE TOUR

Our darkest and most frightening stories told above and below ground. Enter our infamous stone circle vault and visit our torture exhibition.

 

 

Find your favourite Halloween tour ready made or tailor one to suit your own personal levels of fear and interest, what could be better? To be afraid, very afraid - or to be ready to get frightened!

 

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Scotland is by many accounts considered the home of Samhuinn - a traditional Celtic holiday. The end of summer and beginning of winter is embraced, and it is believed that this change in season causes two worlds to nearly collide; the druids would prepare a feast for the one day a year when those from beyond could join the living in a celebration.

Lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to frighten away evils, and laying out a feast of new harvest fit for a king for the kinder sprites was a norm on a night when the doorway between living and the dead would open in search of an opening for a permanent residence. The twilight is inviting, and so Halloween is the favourite time of the year to many in the city as it is a perfectly valid excuse to be a little naughty, a lot frightful and perhaps a pinch childish, too. This year, like every year, the city explodes with activities all themed with Halloween and horror for all the family, the hoards of students and tourists alike.

Who loves Halloween more than children? Costumes, candy, tricks, candy, ghouls, candy. Well, at least if American television is to be believed. Instead, traditional Samhuinn is more about the ghouls and activities of lantern making, bonfires, secret haunts and witchery in the grander scale. Some of the most exciting children's events for Halloween has an almost-adult like myself trying to find a good enough excuse to join some of these events myself! 

I recently tried out the new Cosmo restaurant at the Omni and was so blown away by how good it was, I’ve already booked a table for my birthday next month!

Cosmo

Cosmo - Pan Asian and World Banquet Dining, is an all you can eat buffet for cuisines from all over the world including: Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Indian and Italian plus many others. With a station for each country, you could be there for hours sampling everything – I think I’d need several trips just to get around it all! Some areas even have live cooking stations where you can ask for your steak cooked to order or have your favourite seafood cooked in front of you with a marinade of your choice.

The food tastes so fresh and it gave me the chance to try some things I’d never had before, like Kimchi, a Korean fermented cabbage dish.

Afterwards, the deserts sections features a free running chocolate fountain with both milk and white chocolate; fresh exotic fruit (including my favourite: lychees) and endless cakes and puddings. There’s also an ice cream parlour where you are free to choose whichever flavours you wish and top them with a whole range of sauces and sweets – a dream come true for a big kid like me!

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There is such variety here and lots of vegetarian options too. Truly something that everyone will enjoy! Absolutely amazing value for money at £13.99 

Perfect for our guests staying at The Stylish City Break @ Gayfield Apartment as it's just over the road, but the Omni has bus links from all over Edinburgh for those of you staying at our other apartments! Be warned - booking is essential! You can do so online at www.cosmo-restaurants.co.uk or call 0131 557 0808.Monday-Thursday & Sunday; £14.99 Friday-Saturday.

 

Edinburgh city, a strong contestant for years for the best city in UK, with the happiest inhabitants, most culturally vibrant and the best travel location, never sleeps - even in October.

As always,  Edinburgh offers much to its vast student population, great things for the more stable residents as well as showing its best for the families with children as October is also Mid-term break from schools.

October in Edinburgh is especially exciting for families. For the pupils being on holiday, families are forced to think of other forms of entertainment. How about the Scottish International Storytelling Festival? From 18th till 27th October, this years Festival is all about journeys -  with nomads, explorers, pilgrims and voyagers.  Audiences are to be transported by travellers’ tales that span worlds of geography, fiction and landscapes of the heart, the wanderlust of myths, legends and ancient traditions bringing some magic into the city of literature!

For the older kids, and the parents, there is another kind of festival - the Oktoberfest, bringing the best of Bavarian spirit right into Edinburgh. Strange, right? What does an ancient Gaelic nation have to do with Bavarian "high culture"? Well, nothing - it's just that little quirky spark that sets Edinburgh apart, celebrating traditions and the best bits from around the world. Mark it on your calendars, as it definitely will be an event not to be missed - 9th till 13th October!

For art lovers of all ages, the Scottish Parliament is providing a true rare treat - in a first for any Parliament, the Scottish Parliament is set to host a free exhibition of more than forty Andy Warhol works of art exploring the themes of power and politics. The exhibition titled Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics exhibits nearly fifty of Warhol's finest works, supported with workshops where art lovers can learn more about Andy's extraordinary screen printing method. The exhibition coincides the International Legacy Festival of Scot-American Andrew Carnegie, who believed art and culture should be accessible to all. The exhibition is free and running from 5th October till 3rd November - book your tickets now, especially for the workshops!

Ending this wonderfully quirky month is the Beltane Fire Society's Samhuinn Fire Festival on 31st October. A spectacular show made of volunteers who put on the grandest of shows for one night only. And what better place would there be to celebrate Halloween than where the celebration originated. Spooky things are on their way - are you ready for All Hallow's Eve?

The headline translates to "one language is never enough".    

Today when I was walking to a meet in the city, I heard an older gentleman greeting another with “Feasgar math! Ciamar a tha thu?”. I am by no means a proper linguist, but that did not sound like any other greeting I had heard before. The two gentlemen continued their conversation in English, but that phrase stuck in my mind until I got home and got to make some research. After multiple attempts to write phonetically what I had heard, I found out that “feasgar math is Scottish Gaelic for “good day” and ciamar a tha thu is “how are you”. Now, I couldn’t pronounce that to the life of me, but I find it fascinating that an ancient language such as Gaelic, abeit being a minority language, is still spoken and even educated in schools.

 

Scotland is one of the three countries that belong to Gaelic language group. The three Gaelic groups – Irish, Manx and Scottish – are distinct from each other and unfortunately a minority language that in places is facing extinction. A sad example is the Manx Gaelic, where the last native speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. On a positive note, though, Scotland and Ireland are still undertaking grand measures in keeping the rare language alive. Edinburgh being a wonderful example of this – with opening its first fully Gaelic school; Bun-sgoil Taobh na Páirce, or Parkside Primary School, has a roll of 211, 58 of whom are in Primary One. A further 79 children are in the nursery. There are 30 Gaelic-speaking staff and the curriculum will be taught entirely in the language. The Parkside Primary join other two fully Gaelic language schools in Scotland.

An indigenous language that might be in decline, but recent efforts to revive Gaelic in Scotland seem to be working. The previous Census results recorded an 11% drop in speakers, while the new figures suggest a 1.2% fall from 59,000 to 58,000. The latest results also show a 0.1% increase in Gaelic speakers aged under 20. This increase in interest towards Gaelic and in the numbers of people who regularly speak Scottish Gaelic is encouraging, and communities and the cities are providing more and more opportunities to enjoy events and entertainment in Gaelic. Edinburgh being an exhilarating and culturally very diverse city, with a steeped heritage in Gaelic, it is exciting to see the growth and trust in the origins of the Scottish culture.

Fascinating, don't you think? Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi 's nach fhaic!

 

After a string of Hidden Treasures of Edinburgh city, it’s not unwise to have a change of scenery. Especially when considering how much there is to see and do in Scotland, and especially before the winter descends on us, making any form of exploration, well, not impossible but definitely much harder.

 

Ancient burgh of Stirlingshire, Stirling was granted status of city during Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. As a border city Stirling serves as the gateway between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, evidenced by the peeking Ben Vorlich and Ben Ledi to the northwest of the city. Stirlingshire has a formidable array of legends and sights to take in, not least the legends of William Wallace (probably made most famous with the Mel Gibson film – you know the one – Braveheart) and city has honoured this rich history not least with the Wallace monument, but also with the numerous pubs, restaurants, inns and other that bear the Wallace name.

 

The hills that surround Stirling, the river that runs through the winding roads are all what make Stirling unique place to visit. The Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 was one of the battles of that took place during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and proved to be a shattering defeat for the English. Iconised by the poet Blind Harry, the William Wallace legend was born some two hundred years after the events of the Battle. Whereas there is proof for William Wallace the landowner having been a key figure in the Wars Scottish of Independence and that Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered. The tales written by Blind Harry were to entertain the court of James IV, and undoubtedly were a blend of fact and fiction. The Wallace monument is where you can discover the true story of Wallace, as it is known it today. And while you’re at it, spend a day at the Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally in Scotland and the Castle where Robert the Bruce was crowned kin of Scots on 1306. Bruce reigned from Stirling Castle until his death in 1329, after having led his people against War of Independence against England.

 

As pedestrian friendly city centre is ideal for a day stroll on your way to one or other of the canonical establishments of Scotland’s rather tumultuous past. The Church of the Holy Rude, second oldest building in Stirling after the Castle, was established 1129. Stirling Castle, the Church of Holy Rude and the general surrounding area were all settings for much of Scotland’s history, especially the tempestuous times of 15th, 16th and 17th century when Scotland saw a great success of Queens and Kings. Stirling Castle was also where King James I was educated, and where he authorised the translation of the Bible.

Being a popular stopping place for those on their way either to the Highlands or the Lowlands, Stirling is definitely not a city to be missed. Just walking through the Old Town you can experience Scottish architecture at its most traditional – crow-stepped gables, carved mottoes on the facades, many-paned windows and turret stairs. Explore the closes and vennels between the buildings for unexpected views of the city. Make sure you look out for the purple plaques, which tell the story of individual buildings.

 

My personal reasons for enjoying Stirling are much more mundane than the gory history of battles or even William Wallace. For a student, Stirling offers one of the best Publishing Masters courses in UK, as well as being the host to Bloody Scotland – Scottish International Crime Writing Festival, which sees a string of events with the best of English, Scottish and international crime literature. A true testament to the fact of crime literature being the most popular genre in Scotland among readers. And what is more, having a massive history in being part of setting for many a-film, fact that is for a film buff like myself makes the 50 minute train ride from Edinburgh worth it.

 

After six years of construction, numerous promises and extended periods of exhausting inconvenience, grumbling commuters, loss of business in the areas and overall dissatisfaction of Edinburghians, finally the tram line, operating between York PLace in New Town and Edinburgh Airport, is nearing the finishing line and is set to start running May 2014. But what is better - Haymarket (Dalry Road to Manor Place) is set to reopen to traffic around 12 October and Shandwick Place crescents to open around 19 October!

Unbelievable!

The ability to arrive to the Haymarket station and actually get to where you need to go with the constant construction related noise pollution, the muddy up-turned streets and, if you drive, being able to navigate straight to the city centre rather than finding winding alternative routes seems like an unlikely novelty.

Laura Jones, a regular Haymarket station commuter, exhales a sigh of relief and snort of contention. Laura speaks of the craziness that was contagious among pedestrians and frustrated drivers alike, the irregularity and pure hazardness of public transport and the general constant congestion of roads that had her opt for using Waverley station - even though Waverley station was further away from home. It was just easier and more pleasant way to walk. Laura, effectively pointing out, traffic is never easy anywhere in the city, but at least from the pedestrian point of view, having Haymarket and Shandwick open for traffic and pedestrians again will just enable faster, easier and less dangeours commute for all involved.

The small business owners, inhabitants of the two respective areas and the influx of tourists and other visitors to Edinburgh are embracing the news perhaps with a little scepticism but nonetheless eagerly happy to claim back the streets!

Just yesterday I was walking down Dalkeith Road to meet some guests at the lovely Gatekeeprs Cottage @ Blacket Estate, when I realised how interested I was in everything I saw. Hosting a hoard of independent shops and intriguing looking cafes, bars and hideaways, I got home and brushed up on my Newington knowledge.

First of all, mere twenty minutes’ walk from the Royal Mile and Princes Street the lovely area of Newington has much more to discover than first meets the eye. Initially over crowded, the area was able to come to bloom after the erection of North Bridge in 1772 and the subsequent migration of residents to the North, to the now known New Town of Edinburgh city. The highly commercial streets of Minto and Dalkeith offer everything for the residents, without having to venture to the actual city centre. Adjoining Newington are the areas of the Meadows and Holyrood Park, and what is more - Newington is enriched by the large, beautiful Georgian townhouses that used to house doctors, lawyers and the like.

Newington has become very popular with students, professionals and families alike, due to its proximity to University of Edinburgh’s main campuses and its ideal location just close enough to city centre without being in the middle of it. The Blacket district in 1972 became the first part of the City of Edinburgh to be designated a conservation area. The unified architecturally impressive stone villas and terraces, spaciously constructed amongst generous and lavish trees and gardens. Newington offers quick access to the Royal Mile, the Pentlands, Portobello alike, enabling the perfect experience when visiting Edinburgh. And Holyrood, which includes the access to Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A quick, easy bus access is also available to the eminent Rosslyn Chapel. Finally finished with its renovation, the Chapel is once again ready to impress the many mystery seekers. And as you’re there, you might as well pay a visit to the nearby Temple village, where the headquarters of the mysterious Knights Templar are – the secret society that is said to be behind many of the mysteries surrounding Rosslyn Chapel itself.

After all the hiking, exploring, climbing and sightseeing hunger would be the top most sensation, I would assume. Some tips on the best Newington has to offer, but for those who wish to be spoiled during their trip as well as for those wanting to have a quiet night in and cooking their own meal. To start with, if you wish to get some of the best ingredients, you do not have to wander all the way to the Castle Street Market in Edinburgh city – instead, with Earthy Foods on Ratcliffe Terrace you can explore “a celebration of the best and tastiest local, seasonal and organic produce” to be found. Between the three stores Earthy Food has, they sell food and drink from over 100 local producers, as well as supporting artisan producers, fair-trade growers and co-operatives from further afield. What could be a better guarantee for the best?

Unsurprisingly Newington is also home to some of the best eateries in the city. And to start with, the descriptions flying about in consideration of Celadon Thai Restaurant on Causewayside is the "top notch" place to eat with an "entirely faultless" service, delicious authentic food and good value. Absolutely delish! And for a dining experience to remember, the charming little family oriented Café Cassis on Salisbury Road is sure to please even the pickiest culinarist! And for the meat lovers out there – I’ve been told the best steaks are served at Los Argentinos; with more of a cafe vibe than a restaurant, this is a relaxing place to grab an authentic starter, an excellent steak and all in excellent tasty and plenty to money value you’ve never seen before (well, in Edinburgh). Argentinian Steak is what this place is all about, yes there are Grilled Chicken and Fish options on the menu, but the steak is the real speciality. Mouth waters just thinking of the scrumptious portions of outstanding food… I believe it's food-o'clock now!

Làmh fhada is cead a sìneadh!

The time of the year has come, when the weather proves to be even more precarious than normally – that half of the year when any type of weather phenomenon could take place. Such as today; sunshine, rain, sunshine, heavy rain, sunshine and wind wind wind.Courtesy of Annu Oksman

That does not stop the locals nor the tourists from venturing to the great city of Edinburgh, ready to experience and explore. A great opportunity to get to know the city better is the upcoming Doors Open Day weekend on 28 and 29th September! Organised by the Cockburn Association, the Doors Open day weekend provides something for everyone – architectural discoveries, educational heritage encounters as well as the best of the cultural opportunities – and what is more, admission to all buildings is FREE!

A city of contradictions not just by its weather, but also through its never-ending possibilities of discoveries and experiences, the metropolitan hub with a village feel that enchants as much as infuriates. Much of the city’s deep rooted intellectual and cultural heritage is played down by the down-to-earthness and approachability of the locals. Not a day goes by that an expat like myself will find herself in midst of light hearted banter and off the cuff quips about the tram works or the upcoming referendum the same as the stranger on the street would be talking to a close friend. 

 

City built in three levels allows you to ceaselessly find new routes to your already established haunts, the hidden wynds, closes, paths and staircases ensure you get your daily cardio as much as find endless amounts of hidden treasures. 

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How about wandering down to Leith Shore for some of the best home-made food in the lovely Granary? On the way there, why not stop by one the Swedish (oh yes, with meatballs and smörgåsbord and all!); Sofi’s, Boda or Joseph Pearce’s.intellectual and cultural heritage is played down by the down-to-earthness and approachability of the locals. 

Have a quick snack at the Spoon or a heftier meal at the Mosque Kitchen, neither too far from the Pleasance Cabaret Bar before you mosey on to one of the well-kept secrets of the local student hoard. The wonderful underground pop up events, such as the Wordy Thursdays, an open mic night by Soap Box that is sure to have your linguistic senses tingling! Or the ever so quirky and wonderful Neu! Reekie! that surely is unbeatable when it comes to fusion nights.quips about the tram works or the upcoming referendum the same as the stranger on the street would be talking to a close friend.

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Being relatively new to the city, I Still get to enjoy the walk about and sudden realisation I’ve stumbled on a way I have never been on before, found a nook I have not yet explored or sat down for my drink and a meal somewhere I haven’t tried out before, or warmed myself up with a snifter of whiskey I haven’t tasted before. Although, bit by bit, the homey feel of Edinburgh has even the most curious explorers set in their ways – and more often than not, I will opt for the Last Drop on Grassmarket for my drink, more times than I care to admit settling for that smooth taste of Dalwhinnie, or go for a meal at the Caley Sample Room. I’m a creature of habit, even in exciting Edinburgh.

I think I’m here to stay. Royalty and grungy underground scene in the same city, what more can you ask for?

 

 

The festival season may be over, and what a season it was! With over 400 guests staying with the Edinburgh Address, we can say it has been a wonderful season for us as well!

The city was filled with street arts of all kind – some of our personal favourites were the pop up bands and random body contortionists that filled the Royal Mile! Our guests staying at The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile must’ve had a great view. There was at least one particularly talented guitarist, who seemed to have made the entrance gates to the Penthouse apartment his hang out spot, as he was there every time I went to the apartment – and boy, was he good!

But not to fear! Edinburgh is a city that never sleeps, and the coming months are bound to provide our local dwellers and faraway guests with more than plenty to do! To start off, in September, there are some rare treats in store! For example, just a week away is the
Portobello Open Door day – on the 8th September, Portobello is hosting a Village Show in Rosefield Park with plenty of competitions, games, displays music and refreshments. And that nicely coincides with some of our special offers - such as the lovely The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate, Classic Marchmont Charm @ The Meadows or Apartment Castle Terrace @ 9A – all offering 10% off during September!

Also, in September there is the Moon Festival at the Edinburgh Zoo, where to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival, the Zoo will hold a special evening event where you can join them by moon light, and get a rather different experience in the Zoo itself! And as a special treat for those in search for rarities; Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors Fair is on 14th and 15th September, hosting to 300 exhibitors offering ceramics, glass, jewellery, paintings, furniture, silver, treen, vintage & retro clothing and much more

And for October Edinburgh hosts yet another festival, this time wholly dedicated to the tradition of storytelling that is deep within the Celtic culture. As the description already says; “Be Courtesy of Scottish International Storytelling Festivaltransported by Travellers’ Tales that span worlds of geography, fiction and landscapes of the heart. The 2013 edition of the world’s leading storytelling festival traverses time and space celebrating the myths and legends carried through wanderlust.” The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is bound to be filled with surprises!

To finish off October then is the time of Samhuinn, the end of summer (from "Sain" meaning summer and "fuin" meaning "ending). Much of the nation’s vast history involves the supernatural, with women accused of witchery being burned, with Shakespeare’s’ imagination of the witches in Macbeth. Feast of spirits of the dead, when they would return to earth engaging in wicked practices, scary haunting and other general mayhem, the villagers were known to lit bonfires as much to keep the sprites away as to ensure the return of the sun in the following spring. Guising was the norm, and witches with blackened faces, with broomsticks and cloaks, would run around the streets, knocking on doors to tell stories or jokes before receiving nuts, apples and sweets. It was even customary to leave an empty seat and plate of dinner at the dinner table for those departed, as the hour before midnight was believed to be the hour of return. Far from the modern day chimaera of guises and candy begging with no shtick performed. I prefer the olden ways.

Courtesy of Beltane SocietyThis year Edinburgh once again celebrates the Samhuinn in style – the Beltane Fire Society’s Samhuinn Fire Festival topping the cake. Beltane – “bright fire” – has been historically celebrated in various forms across Ireland, Scotland and Man as the star of summer celebration, and in Edinburgh on August 31, the Beltane Fire Society hosts the amazing Fire Festival, starting at 9pm with procession from the Castle Hill, where everyone can join, in costumes or not, with a mere donation.

The excitement of discovery never ends in Edinburgh!

The modern face of Edinburgh city – or so they say, as in all honesty, modern is only referring to the things you can do and what and where you shop, not the actual part of town. New Town is as rich in history and culture as the rest of the city - built in stages between 1765 and around 1850, and still retains the most of the original neo-classical and Georgian architecture. The Old and New Towns were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

 

 

In 1766 a design competition was held to find a suitably modern layout for the new suburb that originally spanned from Princes Street down to Queen Street, joining the crossing Hanover, Frederick and Charlotte Streets. The competition was, rather surprisingly, won by 26 year old James Craig, who, following the natural contours of the land, proposed a simple axial grid, with a principal thoroughfare along the ridge linking two garden squares. A nice contrast to the jumbled old cobble street and alleys (or “closes”) or the Old Town, especially with the stipulations of unity (such as how the wrought iron façade details must be painted black) and the communal gardens in the squares between houses. Small patches of respite amidst of the city’s hastiness.

The names of the streets speak for themselves; named after the King and his wife, St. Andrew's Square and St. George's Square were the names chosen to represent the union of Scotland and England, and this idea was continued with the smaller Thistle Street (for Scotland's national emblem) between George Street and Queen Street, and Rose Street (for England's emblem) between George Street and Princes Street. The three streets completing the grid, Castle, Frederick and Hanover Streets, were named for the view of the castle, King George's father Frederick and the name of the royal family. Inventive, don’t you think?

What is more, the New Town is home to some of the greatest Edinburgh galleries, such as the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as well as being sprinkled with dozens upon dozens of unique smaller galleries of contemporary local artists. There is more than you can imagine to discover; personal favourite would be the Castle Fine Art gallery on Multrees Walk. Castle Fine Art is known for its rare discoveries that include the renowned Alexander Millar and the occasional exhibition of either Keith Richards or Bob Dylan, to name but a few.

And that reminds me – Multrees Walk. One of the more high-class streets in Edinburgh, located just off St. Andrew Square, Multrees is home to such exclusive shops as Calvin Klein, Harvey Nichols, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Swarovski as well as a few lovely cafes, such as one of the two famous Valvona & Crolla deli’s, with unmistakable style of cooking that derives from recipes handed down s over the years from the owners’ families in central and southern Italy and all prepared from the very produce they sell in their own shops.

Another rare gem we would like to recommend for the drama lovers out there, is the Hill Street Solo Theatre – tucked away down a minor street this venue is easy to miss, but the Hill Street Solo Theatre has been in nonstop action since 34 years now, and is one main stay of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Focusing on those artists out there that are interested in developing their solo performance work as well as offering workshops and talks of solo theatre, with extensive performance schedule, we would highly recommend spending a night cultured in this unusual jewel!

For a bite to eat, how about starting with the Urban Angel on Hanover Street. Their ethos of providing natural, season, fresh and as local as possible, mainly organic, daily changing inventive menus is what draws in loyal client base that would in a heartbeat recommend the wide range of deliciousness. 

An up-and–coming area of Broughton Street is just down from St. James’ Shopping Centre, and for those looking for rare treats and unique shops and places to eat, you would fare well acquainting yourself with the offerings of Broughton. On Broughton Street you would do well to check out the Basement Bar, a fun place and even the staff states that “you won’t find friendlier staff, better tunes or a bigger collection of Hawaiian shirts anywhere in Edinburgh, so what are you waiting for?”, and we are bound to agree. Also, while you’re at Broughton and get peckish, try out the Bonsai Japanese Bar Bistro – amazing choice of sushi and other dishes that will leave you wanting more even after you’ve stuffed yourself silly! Another fine choice is Treacle, with a sophisticated vintage interior and a fair trade menu that reflects the season you could not choose a better place for your lunch/dinner and/or a drink whilst exploring the Street!

Another place for a good night out, we would recommend is the Fingers Piano Bar on Frederick Street. Although it does get extremely busy on weekends, even weekdays can provide you with a treat of piano players who truly know their trade, while you enjoy that excellent drink. All in all, great atmosphere and worth the crowds, if you’re in that kind of a mood. Reviews might be more than mixed, but try out for yourself, don’t believe all that hearsay, we say!

And if you’re looking for something really special, it is the Voodoo Rooms you want. Hidden away on West Register Street the Voodoo Rooms offer an award winning bar, with specialty rums, tequilas and amazing cocktails, and food served daily! But preposterously fine drinks are not the best part – the best part are the live shows that the Voodoo Rooms host, not just for the Fringe, nono – but throughout the year! The Voodoo Rooms aims to provide an electrifying eclectic and exotic range of music, cabaret, exhibitions, screenings and much more to ensure that you shall return, over and over again. And by the way, our staff party there just recently was a blast, great wine for good value and a show for a donation price that we know from experience the Voodoo Rooms are recommendable for that night out – fantabuloustic!

Does dusky purple lights that cast romantic shadows on the walls, jazz-centric music and fine dining sound like just the night for you? Then for a little bit of extra glamour, the Jam House is an experience not to pass. Superb! And for wine connoisseurs there is the treat of Whighams Wine Cellar on Hope Street by Charlotte Square, which has become a leading wine bar and restaurant in Edinburgh, frequented by local dwellers and visitors alike.

It’s not all about party-all-night and eat-yourself-silly, now, is it? Some of the finest views you can have of the city is up from Calton Hill. Climb up any time of the day to enjoy the sunrise or sunset over Edinburgh city centre on one side, Leith on the other and the rest of Edinburgh spreading in all directions – you can even see the ocean from up the Hill! The many monuments up on the Hill provide a rest after the climb, and especially the Athens’ Pantheon, which was built as a memorial to the Napoleonic Wars, is known for many locals and readers for a place to sit and take in the day, read a book or enjoy your picnic – if you get up on the monument itself that is!

The elegant, spacious housing that was to be the answer to the overcrowding of Old Town has proven to be a gem for The Edinburgh Address as well – we are proud to have not one, not two and not even three apartments in the area, but all together we have four gorgeous apartments in the midst of the New Town grandeur.

The two grand apartments we proudly represent are the New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street and New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street. Conveniently right by each other, the two apartments are perfect for a larger group (can sleep all together eight) or two smaller groups (each sleeps four) when looking for a bit of luxury where to rest after a day of exploration, hill climbing, fabulous dining followed by wine, cocktails and a show or a few. Both of the apartments are ideally located in Edinburgh’s prestigious and central New Town and are in an excellent position from which to explore Edinburgh, being less than 10 minutes’ walk from both Princes Street, with its city centre shopping and the delightful Stockbridge Area. And you’re in for a treat, as with both of these apartments we currently have special offers, which you would be wise to take a use of!

What more is there to say? New Town has magic, hidden treasures in all its little alleys, nooks and crannies, and you never know – if you venture all the way down to Young Street, you will get a glimpse of the sordid night life of one of Scotland’s most well-known literary characters; Ian Rankin’s Rebus is known to frequent the Oxford Bar in Rankin’s novels. Why not become part of that fictional atmosphere, and make it a one-night reality?

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Stockbridge is one of those worlds within a larger world, just down from the hub of city centre Edinburgh. Stockbridge is a hidden store of delightful treasures for the vintage shopper. Also, Stockbridge is the host for some of the best earning charity shops in the UK.

St Stephen's Church stands as guard for the eastern side entrance to the Stockbridge area. The church stands the eastern end of St Stephen Street, a characterful curving Georgian street of inhabited basement flats with ground floors accommodating a series of antique shops, bars and offices. A small spur on its north side, St Stephen Place, lead to the old Stockbridge Market, of which the original entrance archway still stands.

Although Stockbridge may boast on its vintage atmosphere, it does celebrate its quirky sides too – probably most notably in the form of its community festival that hosts the Stockbridge Duck Race, which raises money for local charities.

To north through the St. Bernard’s Row through another Georgian cul-de-sac, just a walking distance away is the Royal Botanic Garden - great for that leisurely afternoon wander. Another fine way to spend a day among the plants, flowers, great coffee and exotic herbaceous peace. And entrance to the gardens is absolutely free!

And now for the best part – food! Start off, let’s talk about the Antiquary – perhaps not the oldest surviving bars in Stockbridge but definitely already a legend, and one that serves a full all-in breakfast also on Sundays! And who wouldn’t love getting a full fry up with toast, orange juice, coffee and more, all for a flat price, and all prepared with top quality locally produced ingredients?

A wonderful little Italian themed café, Sprio Deli, is the place to go for that afternoon snack and your revitalising coffee burst. Sprio isn’t just an Italian-themed café, it’s one which reflects the sights and smells of the country, from the cool, brightly-designed furniture to the action-packed fumetti adorning the walls and a range of imported Italian sweets, magazines and dry goods.

An honourable mention this time goes to the Stockbridge Restaurant, a family-run restaurant that amazes in its care for detail, its mouth-wateringly inventive menu and a space, where you can enjoy a relaxed, unpretentious dining experience. You can tell a lot of thought and skill is going into the cooking of Head Chef Jason, and his partner Jane is putting a lot of care into the running of this wonderful gem.

An alternative for your choice of dinner could very well be the Café Fish, with its simple philosophy of 100% fresh produce that’s simply cooked, menus in line with what the markets were selling on any particular day, complemented with wines matched to the menu structure, and sensibly priced! With the best seafood in the world often found off the coasts of Scotland, it is no wonder that there is an abundance of seafood restaurants.

For more down-to-earth dining experience, Cambridge Bar would be the one to aim for; a hearty, good bar centrally located but nestled away from all the shoppers on George/Princes Streets. 

For those who prefer to eat at the comfort of their own homes but yearn for some night time entertainment, how about the Bailie Bar a great pub for all age groups if you are looking for a relaxed drink with friends. The Thistle Street Bar is another must-do for a night out, a place where the atmosphere is cool and the selection of drinks is extensive. The Thistle has a good selection of every kind of alcohol, beer, wine and pitchers of mixed cocktails to cater for every taste. A true hidden treasure, waiting to be found.

And if you are not convinced by our opinion alone, the Scotsman and rest of UK do agree!

Of course, when you want to have the best of Stockbridge, why not do it in luxury and book one of our gorgeous ideally located apartments?

Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street is right at Stockbridge, just around the corner from the best of the best: less than five minute walk from the Stockbridge Market, five minute walk from the Stockbridge Restaurant and Sprio, six minutes from the Antiquary Bar, just over ten minutes from the Royal Botanic Garden and for the good measure mere twenty minute stroll from Princes Street! You couldn’t have a better location for your stay!

If you’re travelling in a bigger group, our two lovely apartments New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street and New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street are just on the top of entrance to the Stockbridge. Together these two apartments hold eight people, or individually each flat is suitable for up to four. Just ten minute walk from Stockbridge and all the goodness it entails, less than ten minutes from Princes Street and mere six minute walk from Thistle Street!

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