Come rain or shine, the Meadows is a perfect pocket of land in Edinburgh to lounge about, walk, or read a book. Bruntsfield Links — a 35-acre patch of open parkland that carries into the Meadows — is a good spot to set up fort. Take a picnic blanket (and extra layers) and enjoy the bustling vibes of passers by. Up until 1508, this area was all wooded. Hoards of people from dog walkers to students, cyclists, and even jugglers seem to gravitate to this spot.
It’s easy to see why Montpeliers, or Monty’s, is a firm favourite amongst local Bruntsfield folk. From the sleek, contemporary décor to the delicious food, extensive range of craft beers, and cocktails, this corner-brasserie-come-bar is a fine pick. This is the place to grab a light bite and knock back a tipple or two. Oh, and the brunch is sublime, especially on a Sunday.
Montpeliers, 159-161 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 229 3115
Head back to the Links and start brushing up on those golf skills at the short hole golf course. Avid golf fanatics may find this spot a walk in the park. On the contrary, those who are new to this timeless Scottish sport might just find this particular course the perfect spot to work on that signature swing and putt away without any cares. If the practice session ends in tears, there are designated barbeque areas nearby for failed golfers to test out their chef capabilities.
Bruntsfield Link, Melville Dr, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 529 5151
Bruntsfield was made all the more better the moment that Three Birds entered the scene. This smashing wee restaurant consistently puts out the very best of contemporary British dishes in a simple, modern setting. The wine list is a gem, with all types being made available in different sizes depending on your tolerance level. The craft beers are incredible too. Stop by at lunchtime every day of the week for the brilliant lunch offer — two courses for £10. Half Price Tester Days are a dream too. Kick into celeb television chef mode and sample all the exciting new dishes for different menus.
Three Birds, 3-5 Viewforth, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 229 3252
Enter into oodles of fun at Doodles. Head to this informal ceramic workshop and paint the day away. Choose from a cracking selection of mugs, plates, bowls, eggcups, and more, and decorate them however you see fit. Doodles is the ultimate artistic experience while being a laugh and a half. Bring a gaggle of friends, celebrate a birthday, or do some solo soul searching. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to paint a rainbow or channel their inner Picasso? Every brush stroke is as therapeutic as the next.
Doodles, 27-29 Marchmont Cres, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 229 1399
From good old-fashioned board games (none of that technological nonsense that clouds the brain), soft toys, figurines, and creative sets, Gulliver’s Toys And Gifts is sure to take every person of any age on an epic adventure back to yesteryear. Take a trip down memory lane as all those toys from the past reappear. Invest in that Lego set that you never got and start making quite the creation. Either way, this treasure chest of toys is a welcomed blast from the past.
Gulliver’s Toys And Gifts, 165B Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 629 9424
Halibut & Herring stands out as one of the most charming picks out of Bruntsfield’s many gift stores. Interior designer turned artist extraordinaire Wendy Beaumont, is a wonder when it comes to all things fun, unique, and simply gorgeous. From brilliantly priced knick-knacks to trendy handbags at a wonderfully reasonable cost, this boutique is an alluring force to be reckoned with. Strolling around this store seems to distract the mind from life’s issues. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself conjuring up all sorts of excuses as to why you must have that candle, jewelry, soft toy fox, or perfect print. Why not?
Halibut & Herring, 108 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 229 2669