Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A Beginner's Guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city I have always wanted to visit, but being around 400 miles away from me, and with sky rocketing train prices, it didn't seem like it was going to happen any time soon. But a week or so ago my chance came to visit this incredible city, and honestly, it's one of the prettiest places I've ever seen, though I am rather lacking air miles. I managed to document some of the wonderful places I visited on my trip, to give a very rough guide of some of the must see places on a first visit to Edinburgh. Since I'm from and now live in two huge tourist cities, I very much enjoyed being able to be the typical tourist alongside Maire, Onj and our host (or unofficial unpaid tour guide) Anna.

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Anna, Onj and Maire!

One of the places we went to on our action packed first day was Calton Hill, in the centre of Edinburgh. This is the place to go to see incredible views of the entire city, and its actually not that much of a trek!

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A running theme throughout our trip was frequent excursions to Armstrongs, a chain of vintage shops in the city centre. I was so incredibly impressed by the amazing decor of the shops, as well as the reasonable pricing and actual good quality of the clothes, no 'vintage' with Primark labels in here! This is a definite place for any clothes fan to go, as well as the huge amount of charity shops around the city. We all treated ourselves to something, my pick was an Aberdeen boys school blazer. Onj picked up a brilliant Avril Lavigne concert t-shirt for a fiver whilst Maire picked up the incredible hat you can see her wearing below from there!

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One of the main parts of our trip was eating. As it usually is. Anna directed us to a wonderful Steampunk cafe called Lovecrumbs. Run by a team of self confessed Edinburgh Lady Bakers, the interior is super lovely, and the food and drink on offer even more so. Despite it still being effectively brunch time and coupled with a rather delicate hangover, I decided I had to go with the chocolate chilli cheesecake, which when it arrived turned out to be bigger than my face. And I've got a pretty large face by most people's standards.
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The interior of Lovecrumbs

For lunch that day we went to Hula, at the bottom of Grassmarket, on an absolutely beautiful street in the centre. Hula had really colourful decor and the people in there were lovely and friendly, and the food was reasonably priced, it warmed us up after a long day walking around!
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Overall, I fell absolutely in love with Edinburgh and had an incredible time, there was hardly a moment where you couldn't see something beautiful, whether it was the castles, turrets, lovely cafes and boutiques. I have to admit I was rather sad to get the (6am!) bus back to London.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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  1. These pictures are awesome! I'd really like to visit someday, it looks like a really pretty city.

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  4. Sounds like you had such a lovely trip :) I've been to Edinburgh only once but before I became a fashiony person and began to appreciate the cuter things in life, so it sounds like I should go back as soon as I get the chance! Just found your blog and been reading through your posts, I love your style :)

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  8. awesome photos! looks as if you had a lot of fun! <3

  9. Beautiful snaps! The chocolate cake looks divine! Perhaps we could follow each other? Following you now, hope to see you back!

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  10. I would love to visit Edinburgh one day. It looks lovely and the chocolate cake looks so good!

  11. I love your blog and I have nominated you for the Liebster award ♥

  12. I live in Glasgow so I get to visit E. every once in a while... thanks for sharing this cake place, will have to check it out!

  13. Hi there, just came your blog and it's really great. I love this post, I'm Scottish and so I'm super glad you enjoyed Edinburgh, it's a great place! :)

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  14. I've always wanted to go to Edinburgh - this post has made me want to even more! Think I'd make a beeline straight to Lovecrumbs! Wonderful photos, and such a sweet post idea. And thank you ever so much for putting my blog in your Blogs of Love - I'm most honoured! Rags of Love is such a favourite of mine, I could read on and on! Have a trés bien weekend. X


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