Edinburgh looks beautiful at any time of year, but it has a particular charm at the beginning of autumn. The days are crisp and sunny, leaves start to turn brilliant shades of red and orange, and evenings are just cool enough to warrant curling up beside a roaring fire. Our perfect autumn day in the city involves breathing in the fresh, bracing air, followed by warming up with the cosiest of comfort food menus.
12.00: Knitwear from Brora
Jumpers and scarves are essential to keep the Edinburgh chill at bay during the last few months of the year, so why not go all out and treat yourself to something of the highest quality? Located on Frederick Street, Brora is stocked full of luxurious cashmere pieces for both men and women. From beautifully soft cashmere scarves to cosy cable knit jumpers, you’re sure to find something you love that will keep you warm for a day of exploring the city.
13.00: Hot Chocolate at The Marshmallow Lady
Once you’re finished shopping, head over to The Marshmallow Lady‘s cafe on Rodney Street. Indulge in one of the most decadent hot chocolates you’ll ever have, with rich hot chocolate, whipped cream, chocolate shavings and toasted marshmallows. The Marshmallow Lady’s mallows are a treat at the best of times, but even more so when they’re toasted and gooey and melting into a mug of perfectly hygge hot chocolate.
14.00: Walk through Inverleith Park
Is there anything better than a leisurely walk on a crisp, sunny autumn afternoon? Stroll through Stockbridge until you reach Inverleith Park. Spend a little while enjoying the afternoon outdoors, admiring the changing colours of the trees as you walk. Don’t forget to stop at the park’s famous duck pond for stunning views across Stockbridge towards the city centre. Not ready to head inside yet? Hop across the road to the Royal Botanic Garden to enjoy flowers and foliage in their full autumn glory.
16.00: Warm Up at The Raeburn
Boutique hotel, The Raeburn, is the ideal place to warm up after your walk. Their cosy, atmospheric bar is the perfect setting for a late afternoon tipple – choose from local craft beers, fine wines or classic cocktails. We’d recommend the Raeburn Mule cocktail for a refreshing yet autumnal drink, with a combination of Finlandia vodka, lemon juice, Fentimans ginger beer and cranberry & apple tea.
18.00: Comfort Food at The Scran and Scallie
As the weather starts to get colder, you really can’t beat some good old fashioned comfort food, and The Scran and Scallie offers traditional dishes with a gourmet twist. Think rich steak pie with a golden pastry lid, or perfectly crispy fish and chips with thick-cut, homemade fries and tartare sauce. Look out for special seasonal dishes too – at this time of year, venison dishes are a must-try. Finish the evening with a dram (there are around 100 to choose from) by the roaring log fire before heading home to wrap yourself up in a blanket by candlelight.