We’re big fans of all things digital, as you might have guessed. From our online stories and blog posts to perfectly filtered snapshots of our adventures on Instagram, we’re rarely far away from a laptop or phone screen. But there’s something undeniably lovely about putting pen to paper, about leafing through a favourite book or glossy new magazine. And there’s nothing as surreal as opening up the printed pages and seeing your own words and photographs staring back at you.
Recently, Allegra Magazine featured us as Edinburgh experts in their travel section, and we jumped at the chance to “go analogue” with our local knowledge. We brainstormed, scribbled plenty of notes and even had a photoshoot with Ellie Morag to prepare for our feature with one of Germany’s favourite female lifestyle magazines. Today, we’re sharing some of our top picks – perfect whether you’re a tourist all the way from Germany or an Edinburgh local looking to explore your own city.
When people visit me, I first show them…
The neighbourhood. Edinburgh is full of different neighbourhoods, all with a distinct charm, and it’s worth leaving the city centre to explore them. Our local neighbourhood is called Bruntsfield and it’s full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as picturesque streets and beautiful views.
Where is the best place to quickly get to know Edinburgh?
Princes Street Gardens. You’ve got the Old Town on one side and the New Town on the other, plus you can spend time people watching, taking in the views and getting to know the city.
The best place to kiss?
Underneath the cherry blossoms in The Meadows during the spring.
A wonderful walk?
The Union Canal is beautiful and peaceful, perfect for an easy walk on a sunny day.
The most beautiful view?
Calton Hill has stunning views of Edinburgh. You can see Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street and views across the Firth of Forth to Fife. Plus there are lots of interesting monuments on Calton Hill itself to explore too.
Where can I escape the city?
The Botanic Gardens are beautiful and well worth a visit if you want a break from city life. They’re only a short bus journey away from the city centre, but it feels like you’re out in the countryside.
Where can I relax?
One Spa is a great place to go for a luxurious, relaxing afternoon. They even have a rooftop swimming pool with views of Edinburgh Castle.
Best party place?
George Street is full of bars and nightclubs. Start off with some cocktails at Tigerlily, then dance the night away at Why Not.
The best place for breakfast?
The Pantry do amazing all-day brunches.
The best place for a date?
The Blackbird is the perfect place for a fun, relaxed date. They have a lovely beer garden which is great if the sun is shining, plus they serve great food and cocktails too.
The best place for drinks?
The Dragonfly cocktail bar is one of the best places in the city for a drink. Try their speciality Raspberry Ripple cocktail.
The best place for dinner?
Choosing just one restaurant is really hard, but Thai restaurant Passorn is probably our all-time favourite. Don’t miss out on the amazing Angel Curry.
The best place to shop?
Curiouser & Curiouser is one of the best shops to browse for quirky gifts, beautiful stationery and prints and unique homeware.
If you get the chance, take a look at the full article in Allegra Magazine to read all our recommendations and insider tips about visiting Edinburgh!