How to spend a long weekend in Edinburgh as a foodie: Scotland, UK

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Back in November, Nathan and I decided to go on a long weekend to Edinburgh to celebrate our anniversary.

I’d been to Edinburgh a couple of times before, but not since being an adult and so we did a hefty amount of research into everything that was important to us about the weekend: from what to do, where to drink and what to eat. 

I’d say we managed the perfect balance of relaxing a bit and still packing tonnes in so for anyone who is thinking of visiting, below is how we spent 3 days and 2 nights in Edinburgh – a city that we’re now completely in love with!

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We stayed in a lovely Airbnb on the Royal Mile which was perfect for us to walk to everywhere we wanted to. 

On arriving, we set out to explore the city by foot, walking from one end to the other and stopping in cute shops along the way, and to admire the numerous Christmas decorations.

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As it was still nice and early, we then grabbed some brunch from an amazing place called Urban Angel – which I would very highly recommend! 

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We then wandered around some more, exploring all the quaint little streets and beautiful coloured buildings that make Edinburgh such a magical and special city. 

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That evening, we found an inviting, cosy bar with great music, called Devil’s Advocate, to settle down for a glass of wine. Again, we were super impressed by how great this place was. They also did food and it looked and smelled delicious!

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We then went on to the restaurant we had reserved for dinner, and the one I’d been excited about for weeks, Forage & Chatter. 

They have a real focus on being locally sourced and authentically Scottish whilst serving gourmet food and the meal could not have been more delicious. I wish I could go here for every special occasion!

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On our second day in Edinburgh, we went for brunch at Dishoom, somewhere we had been wanting to try for years. Thankfully, the anticipation was worth it and the breakfast was unbelievably good. Their Chai in particular was one of the best I’ve ever had. We also ended up going back here for dinner the next day and the dinner food was somehow even better than the brunch. We NEED one of these in Leeds!

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After brunch, we wandered around the Newtown/George Street area which has some of the most stunning Georgian townhouses I’ve ever seen and is a lovely place to walk around when the sun is shining.

We also picked up some cookies from our favourite chain in England (which we can’t get in Leeds!) – Ben’s Cookies. They’re the gooiest, most tasty cookies ever, a definite must try!

We also checked out the Christmas Markets – irrelevant if you’re reading this right now but definitely something to keep in mind, as Edinburgh is particularly magical at Christmas time and their Xmas markets were absolutely massive!

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We then went for dinner and a drink at The Bon Vivant. The food here was amazing and the ambience was very cute and cosy for a November evening, but I did feel like it was a tiny bit too loud and bar-like for a romantic meal!

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On the final day, we headed over to Stocksbridge where they have a really cute Sunday Market which we spent an hour wandering around, whilst sampling all of the delightful food on offer. They had a stand that did the best giant Scotch Eggs ever – another must try to add to the list!

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We also then wandered through the Main Street of Stockbridge where they have an array of cute boutique shops and independent coffee houses. 

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We then took a trip to Edinburgh Castle as you can’t really not do when in a city with such a rich and interesting history. It’s a particularly impressive Castle and there was absolutely tonnes to do within the grounds, with various exhibitions on throughout the year.

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We then had one a fabulous spot of lunch at a place in the city centre called Baba. This gorgeous Middle Eastern restaurant was the perfect place to spend a few hours, drinking rosewater cocktails and sampling plate after plate of Middle Eastern tapas. 

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As I’m sure you can tell by the pictures above, it was yet another absolutely outstanding meal and one I would love revisit again and again and again. 

We then rounded off the weekend by going to our favourite from the day before, Dishoom.

I loved how we managed to fit in visiting all of the areas around the city that we wanted, plus doing a few touristy things, whilst also having the time to sit down and enjoy numerous long and luxurious meals, that involved some of the best quality and most innovative menus. 

I already can’t wait to go back and am so happy that it’s not too far away from Leeds!

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