If you’ve never been to Edinburgh, you’re missing out on far more than a crumbly castle and deep-fried confectionery. A city that is as cosmopolitan as it is historic, Edinburgh truly has something for everyone. You’ll find a vibrant arts scene, Michelin-starred restaurants and an impressive range of architectural features.
We had only one weekend in the city and headed straight over to the SOLE store on Multrees Walk for recommendations on how best to spend our time. We also got to know our store manager Jena a little better too:
What’s your favourite thing about living in Edinburgh?
It’s probably the fact that it’s always so busy. There’s such a variety of people in Edinburgh, that’s one of the reasons I like it so much.
If you had to recommend one thing to do during our weekend, what would it be?
That’s a hard one! It has to be to go up to the castle. Go up the Golden Mile on the way, then you’ve done two things!
Where would you recommend we go to eat?
Oh, I’m not sure, I don’t eat out that much here. I’ve heard that Gusto’s on George Street is really good. I love going to Rascals, their burgers are amazing! Or Candy Bar on George Street, if you’re after something a bit different.
Thanks! You’re the first point of call for customers looking for their next pair of shoes, but what is your favourite shoe brand?
Probably Fred Perry, I love everything that they do. Although I wear Dr. Martens all the time, they’re so comfy!
Over three days, we walked, ate and shopped and here are our recommendations while you’re out and about:
Best hot chocolate:
The Chocolate Tree, 123 Bruntsfield Place – We recommend the Mayan Special, which is their in-house blend of 70% chocolate, spices and soya milk. You can also get bean-to-bar chocolate and a range of chocolate spreads, all made in-house.
Best for low-key fancy food:
The Outsider, George IV Bridge – The views to the castle and Greyfriars are great, but it’s the food that makes this restaurant worth a visit. Make sure you get a side of garlic fries with your order and don’t skip on dessert (If you’re too full, try the rum truffles and a dessert wine).
Multrees Walk (but maybe we’re biased!) for the full designer experience, or have a wander around the castle and you’ll find lots of little boutiques and art shops.
Best place to watch the Six Nations:
Hit the World Famous Frankenstein bar in the centre for a unique view of the latest draws. If there’s a big game on though, you’d better get there early to beat the crowds.
Project Coffee, 196 Bruntsfield Place – relaxed and informal, you can also get a full breakfast complete with haggis and potato cakes.
Best for cycling enthusiasts:
Ronde, 66-68 Hamilton Place – With high ceilings and vintage tiled walls, this is the place to stop by for a coffee, cake and lycra! With a range of high tech jerseys, bikes for all budgets and even one off framed prints, this is a bike shop with a friendly face.
When to go:
If you’re planning a summer holiday, it’s got to be in August when the Fringe festival is on and the city becomes alive with comedy and the arts. If you’re up for a party, then new year is a no-brainer, or if you prefer things a bit quieter, opt for a spring weekend break.