My #ThisisEdinburgh24: Love from Indie Street
24 August 2015
Last month we launched our #ThisisEdinburgh24 campaign, where we asked how you would spend 24 hours in Edinburgh. As part of the campaign, we've been out and about asking people who live and work in Edinburgh to write about their perfect day in the city.
We caught up with Rebecca from Love from Indie Street to find out about her #ThisisEdinburgh24. Read on to discover her favourite places to eat, shop and relax in the city...
Treat yourself to one of the best views of the city from above the duck pond in Inverleith Park. Depending on the time of year you can catch the sunrise over the castle, a spectacular way to start the day in one of the UK's most beautiful cities!
Head on through gorgeous Stockbridge and after a gentle incline, stop off at Cairngorm Coffee (pictured) on Frederick Street. Time for one (or two) of their delicious flavoured coffees from locally roasted coffee beans and one of their city renowned toasted cheese sandwiches (it's never too early for a nice bit of cheese!).
With a full tummy, head up to Holyrood Place and book yourself in to 'Can You Escape' for an experience that you will never forget! This real life game of Cluedo is an award winning concept that challenges you to work out clues and solve puzzles in order to crack your way out of a room.
After taking a stroll through the Meadows carry on to Bruntsfield to enjoy lunch at 181 Delicatessen. This award winning delicatessen lives by the 'source local shop local' ethos and you are always guaranteed a lovely welcome by the owners Charlotte and Mike. Our favourite is the producers platter which serves up a tasty selection of meats, pate, cheese, pickles and granary bread. On your way back to town call in to Rose & Ammi, the loveliest flower shop in the Southside, and pick up some house plants - starting at £3 they are a brilliant way to brighten up any home!
Walk back across town taking in William Street and Thistle Street and head towards Stockbridge. Spend an hour or two exploring an amazing choice of independent shops along St Stephens Street, North West Circus Place and Raeburn Place. From Mexican gifts in Caoba to watching potters create their magic in The Adam Pottery, you are sure to find something that takes your fancy.
Call in to the Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy the last hour before it closes. An oasis of calm in the city, it's much quieter at this time and you can fantasise about what it would be like to own (but not maintain) a garden like this!
If the sun is still shining (let's try and forget the summer we've just had) then swing by The Raeburn Hotel and relax with a refreshing glass of wine in their beer garden watching the hustle and bustle of Stockbridge life go by.
Book a table at The Stockbridge Restaurant the award winning family-run restaurant that promises fine dining, a relaxing atmosphere and amazing customer service for all those lucky enough to step inside. You deserve it after all of that walking! And if you fancy a few drinks after your meal then the varied independent bars of Stockbridge have plenty to offer until the small hours!
Supporting independent retailers is what Love From Indie Street is all about and we work with over 70 businesses across the city. Our #thisisedinburgh24 day is made up of some of the best independent businesses that Edinburgh has to offer. I believe that you can't compare the experience of shopping with, or eating in, an independent business to that of a chain. Everything about them is unique - from the stock that they sell, to the service that they deliver.
So, if you liked my #thisisedinburgh24 then take advantage of these amazing indie food and drink retailers and more by visiting Love From Indie Street online today.
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