If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival this August, you’ll also want to make time for our pick of the best pit stops, plus some must-visit exhibitions and the prettiest streets to wander down, idling away a few hours.
Enjoy an ice cream: At Mary’s Milk Bar. This quaint and cosy space is a must for gelato fans – the delicious flavours are made fresh every morning, and there are plenty of ever-changing options to sample such as the hazelnut and espresso ripple or baked pear and dark chocolate. We recommend getting down there early so you don’t miss the best ones.
Sip delicious coffee at: Love Crumbs, and treat yourself to a slice of cake, like the Autumn chocolate cake or Boston cream pie, or alternatively, a savoury treat while you’re there. Looking for something more healthy? Henderson’s is famed for its vast array of vegan food such as udon Thai noodles or lentil and apricot pate pancakes, but it’s popular – don’t forget to book ahead.
Get thrifty: Edinburgh’s storied cobbles also play host to a number of notable markets – with everything from vinyl and vintage to antiques and African street food. Stockbridge market is well worth a visit on a Sunday, while a wander down Victoria Street and into Grassmarket on a Saturday will take you through pretty, winding roads with plenty of tempting world crafts stores, stylish tweed boutiques and independent book shops. Pop into aptly named hog-roast specialist Oink on your way through for a deliciously different lunch to remember.
Edinburgh is notoriously chilly, so we recommend packing a wardrobe of lightweight layers for your trip:
If time allows: Edinburgh is great for shopping. You’ll find us on George Street, while St Andrews Square plays host to Scotland’s Harvey Nichols. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the castle – which also offers some breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding hills from its vantage-point atop Castle Rock.
If the cultural offerings of the Fringe Festival aren’t enough: Head over to The University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery to view outstanding portraiture from Alice Neel, who produced some of the most striking and resonant portraits of the 20th century, documenting life in post-war America.
Our Parka is the ideal choice for shopping and gallery hopping in changeable weather
Hungry again? Us, too. Check into Checkpoint – voted one of the ‘25 coolest restaurants in Britain’ by The Times – and boasting a tasty (and very reasonably priced) menu to boot. Try the authentic Louisiana Po’Boys sandwich array or their signature Philfy rolls with delicious fillings like smashed avocado, sea trout or pulled pork. We also recommend channeling your inner Camus at The Outsider which offers a lengthy wine list and looks great street-side, with its imposing dark grey exterior.
Our new Autumn collection is launching in stores at the end of the month, and some exciting new pieces are already available now. Look out for these if you drop into George Street during your trip…