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Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2QQ
If you’re not keeping a close eye out, you could actually miss this statue as it sits quite casually at the top of Candlemaker Row, across the street from the entrance to the graveyard.
That would be a pity, as it’s a cute statue with a very heartwarming story behind it. Definitely worth seeing, if you’re visiting Edinburgh, or at least glancing out the bus window for a look, if you do stay here.
21 Newington Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 1QR
This lovely little Thai place doesn’t seem to be open consistently, but when it is, it makes very nice food. Perfect for a lunch out with workmates, or as the start to an evening out, this place is not expensive and serves up good two-or-three course lunches and dinners. The waitresses are friendly and helpful, although sometimes they seem to struggle a little with English.
I definitely recommend this place and look forward to my next visit!
51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH16 4SA
I’ve been to the A&E here briefly once when I fell on the ice. I found the staff to be quick and efficient, but almost to the point of being brusque. They made me feel guilty for coming in when my injury turned out not to be severe.
I found the facilities fairly clean and modern, although I recall that the waiting room chairs were not comfortable. The toilets seemed very small and cramped to service a whole A&E.
I think, given a choice, I’d prefer to go to Western General rather than here.
58a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3SA
I like this place in the morning especially - they do a great breakfast/brunch, and you can choose if you want the meat version or the veggie version. You get the same amount of food either way.
They also do incredible vegetarian dishes of various types. The place is good for meeting up with a bunch of friends before going shopping, as the shops of Princes Street are just a quick walk up the hill away.
It is of course a lesbian/bi cafe run by women mostly for women, although men are very welcome! It has a cosy and friendly vibe and is a good place to spend an afternoon with a good book and a drink if that’s what you fancy.
Also a good place to sit writing - in a notebook or with your laptop. I imagine some good poetry could be written about the views you get out of the windows.
32 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9DD
This is one of my very favourite places to eat. I see a previous reviewer noted it was pretentious and expensive, which it is, and quite rightly so!
They serve good food with a twist, sometimes vaguely Asian. Their steak with teriyaki sauce is to die for, and their Guinness burger is utterly delicious and tender. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water - it’s been far too long since I’ve been here.
They have a comfy set of sofas and a bar as you come in, but in the back, set under dim lighting, there’s the restaurant, serving that amazing food. If you are looking for a romantic meal out, this is the place to go - my partner and I have had very happy anniversary meals here. We took a friend out to celebrate her birthday here and she loved it. I celebrated my own birthday here with a lovely steak and enjoyed every minute.
I’m looking forward to going back now, the only issue is finding the money to do it! It’s not cheap, you’ll pay £50 for three people who don’t drink much. But it’s worth it!
1 Brunswick Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 5HP
Again, it’s a divided review. My partner and I patronised Eatalias’ delivery service for years when we lived in Leith. However, about a year before we moved away, we gave up in despair for several reasons.
We liked being able to order over the internet, but there were too many problems with that. The most frequent was that the website would just have issues and not be able to take our order. As the point was to not have to call anyone, we just wouldn’t order then.
Once an order was placed, problems continued. We would specify exactly what we wanted in the comments box as it was very important the order was right, otherwise the meal couldn’t be eaten. Fifty/fifty if it actually arrived that way. Several times we had to call up and complain, which defeated the whole point of ordering over the internet and getting food in to have quietly.
Finally, and this was the final straw, they started instituting a delivery charge on all orders, but failed to have this added to the website. Several times we got asked for extra money for the delivery, which didn’t please us as the website had tallied everything and told us we had no charge. A couple of times it was waived, but when it was never fixed, we just stopped ordering.
So, when the food was right, it was very nice, but when it was wrong, it was a hassle and a pain to sort out.
37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3JU
I really like the vibes of this place, it’s low-key and friendly, and the music is good. It reminds me of the co-operative stores I used to patronise when I lived in America. It’s nice to shop somewhere knowing that you’re not patronising a huge corporation and causing harm to the earth just by picking up your weekly groceries.
I’ve been able to find some unusual things here as well, including alfalfa sprouts, wasabi, and various cereals and products in bulk. Also lovely carob products, which are difficult to find elsewhere.
So to feel happy about where you’re shopping and the quality of what you get, I say shop here!
35 Elm Row, Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 4AH
A greengrocers? So much more than just that.
Tattie’s has outstandingly fresh and delicious produce, seasonal and organic, perfect for buying on your way home to cook up straight away that evening for supper.
Even more than that, the produce is fairly priced and the staff are always helpful.
It seems like a place that’s almost frozen in time - in a good way - and a store like we used to have years ago before they all became supermarkets. It’s the kind of store that deserves to stay alive in harsh economic conditions because it truly provides a quality product and service.
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8DL
I do like Lothian Buses and mostly ride them, but I also like First Buses and if my circumstances were different they would be my main method of travel.
First Buses are not everywhere in Edinburgh, but that’s because they technically don’t have many buses that go to Edinburgh, rather they have ones that go through Edinburgh. If you’re travelling in from South Queensferry, Bathgate, or Livingston, and you don’t have a car and can’t afford the train, these buses make it possible.
Most of the fleet is new, and even the buses that aren’t new are low built and can take a wheelchair. The drivers tend to be more chilled out than the Lothian drivers and the buses on the whole are emptier and calmer. So right away you get the benefit of not exploding from stress trying to get home.
You also get the fun of speeding past Lothian buses who have to stop at every stop and take people on, whereas your bus isn’t needed by most people and typically only stops to let people off, including you, five minutes earlier to your destination.
235 High Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1PE
The High Street location is situated steps from North Bridge, in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh. If you’re an American desperate for a taste of home after nights of haggis and deep fried anything, it’s here you’ll want to come for a burger or some fajitas and a touch of fifties diner style.
The walls are decorated with American memorabilia, including license plates from various states in the US. The tables are arranged well, and there are booths if that’s what you prefer.
There’s an impressive menu of cocktails to get you in a party mood, and the starters are lovely and huge. If you’re a party of two, a single starter can easily be split between you - if you can agree on what to get!
Their burgers are good quality, and taste like real American burgers which have been made with proper beef mince and not much else, unlike many burgers you get in the UK which have fillings and additives.