Jim and I really wanted to share our favorite spots from our trip to Edinburgh, just in case you should find yourself there. Of course, we only spent five days in the city so this is not an exhaustive guide - just a few spots we really enjoyed during our vacation. All of the pictures were taken on my iPhone.
A really cute second floor restaurant/pub that, you guessed it, is dog themed. The decor's impressive and the food was amazing. Oh and look out for the Dandy Dinmont Terrier portrait! Jim and I split the 18oz rib eye for two with a roasted tomato and fries and ice cream for dessert. The ice cream was the best I've ever had - the flavours were plain, mint and cherry. They have great drinks, too. I had my first ever Pimm's cup here, which led to many more.
This restaurant is tucked away in a lane. If you go before 6pm (the pre-theatre menu) there's a great three course prix fixe for sixteen pounds. Fishers' specialty is seafood and we really enjoyed it. Creme brulee and shortbread to die for to finish.
Shoes shoes shoes. Ladies' shoes are on the main floor and men's are on the lower level. Both Jim and I picked up a pair (or two...or three..) here. They're trendy and affordable, even in pounds.
In the same shopping district as Office. Really cute British fashion for men and women - their mascot is a fox. We splurged a bit on sweaters here because we didn't pack warmly enough. The shop staff is really friendly.
Didn't include the map link for this one, as you can't miss it. We went, but if you're not absolutely dying to go, I wouldn't bother. It's expensive and touristy, but it's a real castle which is a novelty in and of itself! We did see the Scottish crown jewels and had a crash course in Scottish history.
Salisbury Crags/Arthur's Seat map
We tried to get to the top of Arthur's Seat, but we took a really grueling path that turned out to be the wrong one! We ended up on the Salisbury Crags, which isn't the summit, but have an amazing view of the city. It's worth the hike for great pictures and you can have a picnic on the way!
This is a pub we really liked - we went back three times. There's no shortage of pubs in Edinburgh, but this is the one we found first and loved. They have a large selection of whiskies and rum, the staff is nice and love to talk about their spirits. Very affordable, too.
A movie theatre. It was recommended to us by the person who sold us shoes at Office. It's in Morningside, a really nice residential area with design shops on the main road - gorgeous to walk through. The cinema was a cool experience: the seats are love-seat sofas with foot rests and there are tables for your snacks. The best part is that we were served unlimited crisps (aka. Pringles) throughout the movie. There's even a champagne for two option! Seems funny to go across the ocean to see a movie, but it was lovely.
The Botanical Gardens were my favorite stop of the trip. It's worth paying extra to go through the glasshouses - five pounds each - and it's absolutely breathtaking. The gardens are in a really posh neighborhood, too, so our walk there was full of good sight seeing.