...Or 72 if you're feeling leisurely!

So, towards the end of last year Joe and I booked our first ever trip to Scotland- and couldn't have been more excited! With a visit to the capital on our agenda, we settled on a wee two night break to the city- and couldn't have had a nicer stay. With plenty of wonderful recommendations from Twitter and Instagram (thank you, if you suggested anything)- we were quick to whip up a huge list of hot spots- so couldn't help but put together a little guide over our time, in hope that if anyone else is planning a visit it could inspire some stop offs!

Resting your head: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

When it comes to chain hotels and anything with more than 10 rooms, it's very easy to be lured into thinking it'll be a sixties carpeted corporate shebang- but with the Sheraton, it's anything but. With a huge spa (I may have taken advantage of the sauna), stunning modern bedrooms which boast breathtaking castle views and staff so lovely they'll bring you a toothbrush last thing at night (ahem)- it was a wonderfully safe bet when staying in a new city. With it's central location (it's a 10 minute walk from the castle and Victoria street) as well as a short tram ride from the airport, we couldn't have picked a better spot, and would definitely recommend the hotel for any first time visitors- I promise you won't be disappointed!

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR

Getting your grub: Lovecrumbs

Lovecrumbs was on my 'to visit' list long before we visited Edinburgh, and making the stop off on our evening on arrival was one of my better ideas, for sure! With it's misty windows, window seats and warm orange glow- it's easily one of the cosiest places to grab a cuppa and cake in the city. With cakes including Rose & Blueberry, Violet & Bramble and Custard Cream- it's communal wooden tables are the perfect work spot too, so pull up a chair, switch on your laptop and cosy up- because this place is a complete gem.

155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP

Cuckoo's Bakery

Another bakery- can you blame a girl? Before we'd even arrived at late lunchtime most of the fresh cupcakes had already flown out of Cuckoo's, so we knew already it'd be a surefire hit. With a menu brimming with brunch, lunch and plenty of sweet treats- it's a little more than a cutesy cake haven- but the perfect spot for lunch and catching up after an explore around the city. I ended up opting for a cranberry and white chocolate scone which was absolutely delicious, and Joe's cupcake was gobbled up before I could even sample- so I think that was pretty tasty too ; )

150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ

I. J. Mellis

If you're Air BnB-ing it, living in the city or simply just fancy a visit to one of the most happenin' cheesy spots in town, this little gem is quite the treat. With rows of delicious produce, unique cheeses and everything in between this spot is a must visit for the inevitable shop front Instagram alone (and that's before stepping inside too)...

6 Bakers Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 6SY

Civerinos

One of the first things I said to Joe after eating here was, 'why can't there be one in London?!' In short, it's my complete ideal restaurant. I'm a huge lover of Italian street food, and Civerinos tucked straight off of the Royal Mile ticked every box. With a menu including everything from pasta, pizza, small plates and the most incredible Nutella calzone I've ever seen- and a rustic communal dining space, it was one of my favourite places from the trip, I just wish it was closer!

5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW

Mary's Milk Bar

One of the top recommendations I had for Edinburgh, was of course Mary's Milk Bar- a stones throw from our hotel and complete heaven for all things milky, ice creamy and chocolate based. With Mary being a gelato graduate (yup, that's a thing)- she knows her flavours. With ice cream made fresh daily with local ingredients, vegan sorbets and hot chocolate also offered for a more warming treat, this place is a complete indulgence (and that's without interior kudos).

19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS

Playing Tourist: Calton Hill

If you want to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the city, then a visit to Calton Hill should be top of your list. With panoramic city views, and a handful of incredible monuments at the top, it's the most idyllic spot to stop and watch the world go by, and I imagine even more stunning at sunrise too!

Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

Edinburgh Castle


I don't really need to go into detail about why the castle is such a special place to visit in the city, but I assure you it's worth your time! Plan it around a visit along the Royal Mile, and absorb some serious history. We accidentally timed our visit with the daily 1 o'clock gun exhibition which was quite something too.

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

Getting spendy: Red Door Gallery/Victoria Street

Coming out of here, I can honestly say it was a miracle that I didn't end up spending more money than I did. Never before have I fallen in love with so many unique illustrators and artists under one roof, and craved extra wall space in my bedroom so I could adorn their print on my walls. This little gallery and shop is filled with artwork, independent sellers (which include everything from jewellery to stationary) and plenty of prints in between. It sits happily in the middle of Victoria Street, which is absolutely worth noting down too!

42 Victoria St, EH12JW

Golden Hare Books

A quaint book shop tucked along St Stephen Street, Golden Hare Books is the dreamiest independent shop- with walls filled with hand curated selections of beautiful editions of both new and old books, and everything from poetry, fiction to children's classics too (I struggled to not pick up several copies of the beautiful illustrated kiddies books)!

68 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ

Life Story

If I was to ever open a shop, I'd like it to be just like Life Story; a home and lifestyle shop, and one of my favourite discoveries during our trip to the city. With the interior inspired by typical minimalist and clean Scandinavian design, and the shop selection sticking to a similar theme- there's an artfully selected pick of the most beautiful stationary and home wares, sourced all from unique, creative and hugely talented independent designers across the country (and both local). Dreeeaaaamy.

53, London St, Edinburgh EH3 6EX

Coco Chocolatier

A little up from Life Story lies Coco Chocolatier, a small (but perfectly formed) chocolatier with some of the most delicious (and impressively packaged) chocolate I've ever seen. With flavours including Earl Grey and Bergamot (as well as a deliciously festive Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) it was a complete treat (both metaphorically and literally) and not only did I easily complete my Christmas shopping here, but I also bought a few cheeky treats for yours truly too...

71 Broughton St, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ

Hannah Zakari

Okay, so this shop is absolutely bad-ass brilliant. If you're into independent jewellery designers a la Tatty Devine, awesome brands that are hard to find elsewhere (lookin' at you, Stay at Home Club) and plenty of art and stationary to boot- Hannah Zakari has you covered. I feel like there's such a lot of love for indie designers in the city which is hugely exciting and cool- and this is another must visit.

43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QB

Pi-Ku Collective

If you fancy doing some vintage shopping in a low-key, relaxed setting (with everything perfectly organised, and a small but well selected variety) then Pi.Ku.collective along Candlemaker Row is another shop worth a pop in! You may even find some jewellery, zines and home pieces too...

39 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QB

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...Or 72 if you're feeling leisurely!

So, towards the end of last year Joe and I booked our first ever trip to Scotland- and couldn't have been more excited! With a visit to the capital on our agenda, we settled on a wee two night break to the city- and couldn't have had a nicer stay. With plenty of wonderful recommendations from Twitter and Instagram (thank you, if you suggested anything)- we were quick to whip up a huge list of hot spots- so couldn't help but put together a little guide over our time, in hope that if anyone else is planning a visit it could inspire some stop offs!

Resting your head: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

When it comes to chain hotels and anything with more than 10 rooms, it's very easy to be lured into thinking it'll be a sixties carpeted corporate shebang- but with the Sheraton, it's anything but. With a huge spa (I may have taken advantage of the sauna), stunning modern bedrooms which boast breathtaking castle views and staff so lovely they'll bring you a toothbrush last thing at night (ahem)- it was a wonderfully safe bet when staying in a new city. With it's central location (it's a 10 minute walk from the castle and Victoria street) as well as a short tram ride from the airport, we couldn't have picked a better spot, and would definitely recommend the hotel for any first time visitors- I promise you won't be disappointed!

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR

Getting your grub: Lovecrumbs

Lovecrumbs was on my 'to visit' list long before we visited Edinburgh, and making the stop off on our evening on arrival was one of my better ideas, for sure! With it's misty windows, window seats and warm orange glow- it's easily one of the cosiest places to grab a cuppa and cake in the city. With cakes including Rose & Blueberry, Violet & Bramble and Custard Cream- it's communal wooden tables are the perfect work spot too, so pull up a chair, switch on your laptop and cosy up- because this place is a complete gem.

155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP

Cuckoo's Bakery

Another bakery- can you blame a girl? Before we'd even arrived at late lunchtime most of the fresh cupcakes had already flown out of Cuckoo's, so we knew already it'd be a surefire hit. With a menu brimming with brunch, lunch and plenty of sweet treats- it's a little more than a cutesy cake haven- but the perfect spot for lunch and catching up after an explore around the city. I ended up opting for a cranberry and white chocolate scone which was absolutely delicious, and Joe's cupcake was gobbled up before I could even sample- so I think that was pretty tasty too ; )

150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ

I. J. Mellis

If you're Air BnB-ing it, living in the city or simply just fancy a visit to one of the most happenin' cheesy spots in town, this little gem is quite the treat. With rows of delicious produce, unique cheeses and everything in between this spot is a must visit for the inevitable shop front Instagram alone (and that's before stepping inside too)...

6 Bakers Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 6SY

Civerinos

One of the first things I said to Joe after eating here was, 'why can't there be one in London?!' In short, it's my complete ideal restaurant. I'm a huge lover of Italian street food, and Civerinos tucked straight off of the Royal Mile ticked every box. With a menu including everything from pasta, pizza, small plates and the most incredible Nutella calzone I've ever seen- and a rustic communal dining space, it was one of my favourite places from the trip, I just wish it was closer!

5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW

Mary's Milk Bar

One of the top recommendations I had for Edinburgh, was of course Mary's Milk Bar- a stones throw from our hotel and complete heaven for all things milky, ice creamy and chocolate based. With Mary being a gelato graduate (yup, that's a thing)- she knows her flavours. With ice cream made fresh daily with local ingredients, vegan sorbets and hot chocolate also offered for a more warming treat, this place is a complete indulgence (and that's without interior kudos).

19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS

Playing Tourist: Calton Hill

If you want to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the city, then a visit to Calton Hill should be top of your list. With panoramic city views, and a handful of incredible monuments at the top, it's the most idyllic spot to stop and watch the world go by, and I imagine even more stunning at sunrise too!

Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

Edinburgh Castle


I don't really need to go into detail about why the castle is such a special place to visit in the city, but I assure you it's worth your time! Plan it around a visit along the Royal Mile, and absorb some serious history. We accidentally timed our visit with the daily 1 o'clock gun exhibition which was quite something too.

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

Getting spendy: Red Door Gallery/Victoria Street

Coming out of here, I can honestly say it was a miracle that I didn't end up spending more money than I did. Never before have I fallen in love with so many unique illustrators and artists under one roof, and craved extra wall space in my bedroom so I could adorn their print on my walls. This little gallery and shop is filled with artwork, independent sellers (which include everything from jewellery to stationary) and plenty of prints in between. It sits happily in the middle of Victoria Street, which is absolutely worth noting down too!

42 Victoria St, EH12JW

Golden Hare Books

A quaint book shop tucked along St Stephen Street, Golden Hare Books is the dreamiest independent shop- with walls filled with hand curated selections of beautiful editions of both new and old books, and everything from poetry, fiction to children's classics too (I struggled to not pick up several copies of the beautiful illustrated kiddies books)!

68 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ

Life Story

If I was to ever open a shop, I'd like it to be just like Life Story; a home and lifestyle shop, and one of my favourite discoveries during our trip to the city. With the interior inspired by typical minimalist and clean Scandinavian design, and the shop selection sticking to a similar theme- there's an artfully selected pick of the most beautiful stationary and home wares, sourced all from unique, creative and hugely talented independent designers across the country (and both local). Dreeeaaaamy.

53, London St, Edinburgh EH3 6EX

Coco Chocolatier

A little up from Life Story lies Coco Chocolatier, a small (but perfectly formed) chocolatier with some of the most delicious (and impressively packaged) chocolate I've ever seen. With flavours including Earl Grey and Bergamot (as well as a deliciously festive Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) it was a complete treat (both metaphorically and literally) and not only did I easily complete my Christmas shopping here, but I also bought a few cheeky treats for yours truly too...

71 Broughton St, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ

Hannah Zakari

Okay, so this shop is absolutely bad-ass brilliant. If you're into independent jewellery designers a la Tatty Devine, awesome brands that are hard to find elsewhere (lookin' at you, Stay at Home Club) and plenty of art and stationary to boot- Hannah Zakari has you covered. I feel like there's such a lot of love for indie designers in the city which is hugely exciting and cool- and this is another must visit.

43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QB

Pi-Ku Collective

If you fancy doing some vintage shopping in a low-key, relaxed setting (with everything perfectly organised, and a small but well selected variety) then Pi.Ku.collective along Candlemaker Row is another shop worth a pop in! You may even find some jewellery, zines and home pieces too...

39 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QB

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42 comments:

  1. Wow the city looks so fun. Now I really want to visit.

    Happy new year! xx

    www.rebelrosefashion.com

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  2. Ah I'd love to visit Scotland, I have a lot of Scottish family so feel like I should <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  3. I've wanted to visit Edinburgh for so long, this guide is brilliant! Red Door Gallery and Hannah Zakari look amazing x

    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. All of these places look amazing! I've been to Edinburgh once but really want to go back so I can visit all of these locations!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  5. I've been to Edinburgh before but only for a day it's so beautiful. I really want to go back and have a good explore and this post has just convinced me to do that :) Happy New Year!

    Northern Lass

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  6. Everything looks amazing and seems like such a fun place to visit. I must add this in case I ever want to travel there.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  7. I've really wanted to visit Edinburgh for such a long time now and when I eventually do I am definitely going to take this post into consideration! Sounds like you had a lovely time x

    India Charlotte♥

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  8. This is pretty much a tour of all my favourite places in Edinburgh! I'm yet to try the Nutella calzone from Civerinos as every time I go I end up eating too much pizza and am too full for dessert haha, it looks amazing. Hope you enjoyed your trip here!
    Gillian x

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  9. I've been dying to go there since early 2015! Hope to go there soon x

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  10. The city looks beautiful, it's definitely a place I want to visit one day. The hotel you stayed in looks gorgeous!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  11. I've got my first ever trip to Edinburgh planned this month! January blues? What January blues! ;) This post has got me all excited! Thanks for the tips x x

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  12. These are some great tips! I'm planning to take amy hineymoon (whenever that happens!) in Edinburgh, so this guide is the perfect place to start. It looks like you guys had a great time!

    Katie | katielikeme.com

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  13. Ooh I must remember this, we are hoping to travel there next year for a couple of days. Do they use euros? x

    Wonky Lauren

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  14. I love your photos! please tell me what camera do you use?

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    1. All camera details are here: http://www.whatoliviadid.com/2015/01/my-camera-kit.html with the 1.4 50mm lens! x

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  15. Absolutely stunning photographs and editing too. I watched your Edinburgh vlog too which has made me want to visit the city at Christmas time too. It looked so lovely. I'm glad you had a lovely little trip x
    http://sophie-georgia.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Love this post! I'm dying to visit Edinburgh!
    xx Alyssa
    visionsofnyc.blogspot.com

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  17. oh, you made me wish I pay a visit to all those places right now. Happy new year, hope this year be a spectacular year for you.

    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com

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  18. What a wonderful post! I'm hoping to visit Edinburgh at some point this year so I'm sure this will come in handy when I do!

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  19. I love posts like these - they remind me why I love travelling so much. I've wanted to go to Edinbrgh for a while and I actually might soon!

    I can't afford the Sheraton, but I know it's such a nice hotel (having a masters degree in Tourism) so I'm really happy you enjoyed.

    Your pictures are always so flawless too! I'm jealous! Hope you have a great year

    Ella Pinto xx

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  20. Lovely photos, it looks like such a cool place
    Happy New Year
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  21. I absolutely love Edinburgh, we've just spent a weekend up there celebrating our engagement and it was perfect. I highly recommend Hula Juice Bar and Urban Angel! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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  22. The photos are just AWESOME!! I put some of them in my pinterest, I hope you don't mind (:
    Have an amazing day and happy 2016,
    Madalena

    www.maadalenaaa.blogspot.com

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  23. Looks like you had a lovely time in my favourite city! Hoping to live there in a couple of years!

    http://www.lifewiththeroofdown.com/

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  24. Im planning a trip there in march so this post came brilliantly at the right time! So excited!

    Dana || Fashion Dew - Round up of 2015 looks

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  25. I absolutely LOVE posts like this. Definitely bookmarking for the day that I (hopefully) visit Edinburgh. Lovely as always, Olivia!
    Caitie x

    www.what-caitie-did.blogspot.com.au

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  26. Amazing photos, Edinburgh looks so nice!
    Blue Jazzmin

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  27. Edinburgh is on my must visit places of 2016 so this is just perfect. It all looks so beautiful.

    K.

    www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

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  28. Liiiiiv, it was so nice seeing Edinburgh through your eyes - so many places I've never been before too! Glad you two lovebirds had fun xx

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  29. i lived there for four years and never once went up calton hill!! Shock! There are so many great little boutique shops
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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  30. I find that I love white bed sheets :) it can double as a blogging prop!

    Arianne | Ayre

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  31. Red Door Gallery is amazing, I loved visiting there! Gutted I didn't spy that Mary's Milk place, looks awesome!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  32. I loved Edinburgh so much I came three years ago and didn't leave, love ve to read of people enjoying all my favourite places, come back and see more! (I'm a baker at cuckoos) x x x

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  33. Thank you for the post. We've been planning to visit Edinburgh for a while and I feel that now the time has come :))

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  34. I think you stayed in the same room I did! Had a fantastic stay there. Bookmarking this for my next trip up! x Jess

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  35. Delighted to see you had a good time in our fair city. Also, you did your research well; your itinerary is basically the love list of many Edinburgh locals. You must have walked the soles off your shoes.

    Emma & Rob

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  36. Love your guide...heading to Edinburgh in March.
    www.champagneinateacup.wordpress.com

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  37. Wow, oh my god. These pictures look so amazing!
    It's probably (sadly) gonna be quite a while until I get to go to Edinburgh, but I've just bookmarked your guide, because you've got some really great tips going.
    Especially intrigued by Life Story and Hannah Zakari atm, those necklaces!! omg!!

    Danee xx

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  38. This is my home town, and you've shown me places I didn't know existed :) That's my next couple of days off sorted then!

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