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Traveling unleashes ineffable feelings of euphoria for any inquisitive soul; add your partner in crime to the equation for the real adventuring to begin. From touring the whispering closes and sampling the most endorphin inducing eats to admiring the architecture and soaking up the rich history, consider Scotland’s splendid capital an ideal spot on the map. So, join hands, collaborate and consult our Culture Trip couple’s guide to Edinburgh.
Experience Edinburgh in style and pick a fancy spot to rest your head each night. If you want the crème de le crème package complete with fluffy white robes, spas and perhaps even a chocolate or two on the pillow, then opt for the highly renowned and swanky Balmoral Hotel. Those looking for a spot with character, exclusivity and privacy, look no further than 23 Mayfield — a luxurious bed and breakfast with all of the bells and whistles. For a truly over the top and out of this world kind of time, The Witchery is the place. Situated next to the Castle, this alluring sanctuary hosts a delicious world-renowned restaurant and nine unique and elaborately furnished bedrooms. Everything about The Witchery is devilishly decadent and like something out of a fairytale.
That perfect fusion of breakfast, lunch and brunch fits into all schedules and keeps everyone happy. If real deal brioche, the most perfect coffee and other baked pastry delights sound like a treat, then Peter’s Yard is undoubtedly the place for you. This Swedish hangout has some of the best eats in the city and hip, open surroundings. More of a classic fry-up kind of duo? Choose King’s Wark in Leith, a charming 15th century quintessential Scottish pub. The whole trip could be spent bantering with the locals, the atmosphere is jovial and most importantly, the brunch is legit. Expect a full Scottish breakfast — and then some. If relaxed brasseries take your fancy and make your mouth water, then start heading to Montpeliers — a most popular and celebrated restaurant filled to the brim with beautiful brunch options.
Mentally prepare yourselves for the overwhelming beauty of the The Royal Botanic Gardens. Here, you can explore the extensive grounds as partners in crime and play the most epic hide and seek game ever; it never gets old! Once more, tour the glasshouses and take a horticultural tour of the world by witnessing an impressive array of different plant species. Although cliché to some, there is a reason why strolling among the birds and the bees within the most enchanting gardens is the ultimate romantic gesture.
There are certain times that call for staring rather than speaking. Let the mind calm down from all the excitement of adventuring and absorb the cool vibes from an indie film at The Cameo. This art house cinema has a convenient little bar and plays the best of indie and mainstream movies. Between the quirky adverts and the ‘counter-cultural’ vibes, budding documentarians will fall in love all over again with the forever fresh options; plus, the red velvet sofa love seats are perfect for two!
Nestled within the walls of an old church on the Royal Mile is the Tron Kirk Market. Unexpected yet intriguing, there is no telling what gems you may find there. From local artists and jewelry to soap, art prints and vinyl, a gander around this bustling hub is always a good time, especially with your best friend. Although somewhat unnecessary, stock up on souvenirs as a physical reminder of the adventure. Besides, what’s not to love about that hip minimalist necklace, vintage looking map of Edinburgh, or hand-drawn print of a puffer fish? Look up and perhaps see artists working on the impressive mural on the walls and consider this a fine pit stop for a coffee and cake, too.
Don’t let hunger pangs kick in and spoil the mood after all that adventuring — take advantage of the fantastic eateries on offer in Edinburgh. If a fancy meal is on the horizon, look no further than The Honours. This restaurant, which is named after the crown jewels of Scotland and a rare 18th century book, has an ever-changing menu that is a fusion of brasserie style French and Scottish cuisine. The setting is swanky, the service second to none, and with Martin Wishart at the helm, you can’t go wrong. Alternatively, those in desperate need of a margarita and some tasty authentic Mexican food should consider Viva Mexico. This has been a thriving spot for years; make sure to ask for the tiny table downstairs with views towards The Balmoral and enjoy the cosy atmosphere with perfect eats. Those craving a healthy injection of seafood should venture to Fishers In The City, a chilled bistro in a cool converted warehouse offering the finest ocean fruits.
You can’t go to Edinburgh without venturing to Arthur’s Seat. A perfect walk, meander up this majestic mountain and explore St. Anthony’s Chapel, say hello to the swans on the loch and be thankful you aren’t climbing the Salisbury Crags. At the top, let life’s busy flow flutter off into the distance and appreciate the view. As the sunset casts its colors on the city, enjoy seeing the silhouette of the stunning skyline. The only thing missing is a photographer to capture this picture perfect Kodak moment; then again, it is one that will inevitably be imprinted in the mind forever.