Oh Edinburgh! Such a pretty city, and one that has been on my bucket list for years. Liam whisked me away for the Easter break where we rented an Air BnB and prepared ourselves for eating a lot of food and a lot of cake. We had such a lovely few days exploring, getting lost in the back streets and stumbling upon little bars and cafes to take breaks in. I took my new camera away with me for the trip and managed to film some footage for my first ‘vlog’ which can be found at the bottom of this post. Bear with me – I’m still getting used to this talking to the camera business!
We ate in so many lovely places over the weekend, I just had to share some of our favourite spots with you. I always like to plan a full itinerary including restaurants and bars before I go away anywhere – so hopefully if you are like me, you might stumble upon this post in your research phase!
Indian AND Tapas? Probably the best combination ever. Mother India’s Cafe is a small Indian restaurant tucked away in a side street near South Bridge. They recommend about four dishes to share between two along with rice and naans, which for us was the perfect amount of food. There’s something about a tapas eating experience which always gets me excited – we had a lovely meal and the staff were really accommodating. Tip – the peshwari naan is amazing!
I booked this restaurant after watching KateLaVie’s Edinburgh vlog – and being massive fans of Mexican food it was a no-brainer. With frozen margaritas, authentic dishes and music to match – we ate until we could not eat anymore. It was nice to have choices outside of the standard ‘tacos’ and ‘fajitas’ – and it beat going to a chain restaurant any day. The staff were a little on the ‘rushed’ side and made a few mistakes with our order, but granted it is a very small restaurant and that particular night they were very busy.
I’ve never been to a proper ‘afternoon tea’ and so this was the perfect way to end our Edinburgh Easter weekend. The Tower Restaurant is situated above the National Museum of Scotland, and has amazing views of the castle from their terrace. We had a great afternoon eating many sandwiches, scones and cakes and again, the staff couldn’t do enough for us.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to The Elephant House. The cafe claims to be the ‘birthplace’ of Harry Potter (although debatable as J.K.Rowling herself recently tweeted that the books were started in Clapham), but there is no doubt that she wrote parts of the Philosopher’s Stone within their walls. A visit to the toilets is worth the trip in itself, with Harry Potter inspired graffiti covering the walls, ceiling and sinks! Dumbledore’s Army have certainly left their mark.
Alongside great places to eat, there are so many other things to do if you are visiting Edinburgh for a couple of days.
Take a look at my vlog to see what else we got up to – and if you like the video please be sure to give me some feedback in the form of a thumbs up, a comment or even a cheeky subscription.