It’s a Sunday in early July, just past midsummer. The weekends are filled with the promise of adventure and new memories and nights that never truly get dark. We’ve conjured up the perfect lazy Sunday in Edinburgh so you don’t have to spend any time planning; just get out there and explore this beautiful city with the day already mapped out for you. What are you waiting for?
10.00: Brunch at Söderberg
Start the day off gently with brunch at the Quartermile’s answer to Scandinavia: Söderberg. A sweet breakfast waffle, a warm cup of Artisan Roast, a blanket around your shoulders; all perfectly hygge. Let the sleep clear from your eyes as you watch the cyclists and the dog walkers and the mid-morning joggers make their way to the Meadows, all the while filling up on that incomparable fresh-bread-straight-from-the-oven smell.
11.30: Indie Shopping in the Grassmarket
Weave your way down the cobbles of Candlemaker Row or Victoria Street, stopping to admire shiny gems and delicate artwork and hand-picked treasures along the way. Browse Hannah Zakari‘s minimal jewellery shelves and the goldmine of independent designers and artists in the Red Door Gallery. Get lost in the floor-to-ceiling treasure trove of Armstrong’s vintage emporium; try on organza prom dresses from the ’50s or the strappy new-vintage numbers you vaguely remember from your childhood. Wander along to the West Port end of the Grassmarket to admire the carefully curated selection of clothes, accessories and jewellery in Godiva Boutique. Buy yourself something pretty, all wrapped up in tissue paper adorned with glossy gold hearts.
13.00: Picnic Supplies from Valvona & Crolla
An Edinburgh institution, Valvona & Crolla‘s Elm Row delicatessen is where you find yourself once the effects of brunch start to wear off. Find your favourites on the shelves piled high with Italian delights: freshly baked focaccia; creamy buffalo mozzarella; salty prosciutto ham. Fill your basket with everything you need for an al fresco lunch, bottle of wine and all.
14.00: Walk up Calton Hill
Wind your way round to the Calton Hill Steps and let them take you up above the city to the remnants of an enlightened Edinburgh. Explore the Nelson Monument and the Old Observatory and the National Monument, two centuries unfinished. Pick your picnic spot and laze in the sun, with the city and the sea rolling out in front of you, another kingdom on the distant horizon.
17.30: Films at the Dominion Cinema
Hop on an 11 or a 16 at the top of Leith Walk and pass through the city centre to Tollcross then Bruntsfield then Morningside until you reach the Dominion Cinema. Cosy up on the sofas and catch an early film, letting yourself be charmed by both the movie and the surroundings for an hour and a half. The old fashioned suavity of the theatre, a little shabby round the edges from decades of cinephiles before you, puts you at ease as the lights dim ready for the show.
19.30: Live Music at The Blackbird
There’s an acoustic guitar, maybe two, and a soulful indie voice. A band you’ve never heard of, but soon they’ll become a favourite. Grab a seat – maybe a sofa if you’re lucky – and settle in with your pint to listen to The Blackbird‘s weekly pick of the best local live music. Once it’s all over, refill your empty glass and retire to the fairy-lit beer garden to watch dusk creep over the Edinburgh rooftops before calling it a day and heading home to bed.
Where are your favourite spots in Edinburgh for a lazy Sunday adventure?