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  • Edinburgh’s Hidden Gems

    I have lived one year in Edinburgh. Studying. Sometime partying and drinking too much coffee. Anyway, this is not the point. As I had some time to scout the city, I can now tell you where you should go and what to see when you visit the city. The list below is not a liste of the city’s hidden gems strictly speaking but are just my favorite places in Edinburgh.

    My Favourite Places in Edinburgh

    The Meadows

    The Meadows is a park just behind the university and before Bruntsfield. When spring kicks in, loads of daffodils and crocuses blossom everywhere along with cherry trees and it is beautiful. It is the perfect place for a run, a walk, for relaxing and even for a pick-nick or barbecue. In June, there is the Meadows Festival with loads of activities, street food, performances. I took a yoga class once and it was really nice.

    Kilimanjaro Coffee

    Kilimanjaro is a coffee shop and brunch place on Nicholson Street. This place is amazing. It is fairly cheap and offers and wide variety of food and breakfast. My favorite is the Kili breakfast which is a typical Scottish breakfast with haggis, sausage and so on. Although I must admit I often go for the vegetarian option. Delicious. It is perfect for a late breakfast on a Sunday morning.

    Dean Village

    Dean village is former village northwest of the city center. It used to be a grain milling area and is crossed by the Water of Leith. The village is really old and so it looks a bit middle age. It is super cute and a really nice walk. Just walk along the river to Stokebridge and Kerr Street where you can go back to the city center. It is really small so you’ll be more walking through than visiting but I think it is really worth it. It is one of these hidden places in Edinburgh that make the city so cool!

    Blackford Hill

    For those of you who don’t know, Edinburgh is built on seven hills. Yes, just like Rome! The city is called the Athens of the north though. Anyway. Blackford hill offers the best view of the city because it offers a full panorama. It is also a really nice walk! Indeed, to get back to the city, you’ll get to walk through the forest. It is so quiet and peaceful, yet so close to the city. Just amazing! You’ll just have to make sure that you wear the right shoes because when it rains, the hill tends to be quite muddy.

    Ting Thai Caravan

    No need to be a genius to know what kind of food this restaurant does. Yes you guessed, thai food! You’re too good. Anyway. This place has been my canteen when I was a student. It was barely a two minute walk away from my building. The food is so good, the place is always packed so you better be quick and avoid busy hours. I must also add that it’s rather cheap food. I brought my parents and friends there when they visited and they loved it. If you have the opportunity to go, just go!

    Victoria Street and The Grassmarket

    Victoria Street is quite famous for its colorful building and two level street arrangement. It is also the street that inspired Diagon Alley. Grassmarket is a square at the end of Victoria Street, full of pubs, bars and little shops. In April, there is a Vintage Weekend where you can get a so 50’s haircut amongst others. The square is right below the castle so should you want to visit it, you would just need to climb some stairs. It is a really cute square and a must-see in Edinburgh.


    Have you already been to Edinburgh? What are your favorite places in the city? If you’re planning on visiting or moving to Edinburgh, where would you go?

    Thanks for reading, I hope en enjoyed it.

    See you soon,



    1. Sarah Bailey
      February 22, 2018 / 11:44 pm

      Edinburgh is somewhere I would love to visit one day, it really seems like they have some amazing places to go and visit. Always good getting tips from someone who knows it well!

    2. February 22, 2018 / 11:46 pm

      So cool. I was in Edinburgh years ago and I’d love to go back. I just love the history that’s there.

    3. February 23, 2018 / 1:58 am

      Ahh it’s so beautiful! I’ve been lucky to travel to quite a few countries in Europe over the years but have yet to visit Scotland! I’m heading to the UK *hopefully* this fall and would love to add Edinburgh to the itinerary!

    4. February 23, 2018 / 3:47 am

      That food looks so delicious. This looks like a nice town to visit.

    5. February 23, 2018 / 3:55 am

      Living in Scotland and Ireland – even if only for a few months each, is a dream of mine. To walk through small towns and villages. Shop in local markets. Attend village fetes (or is that just in the UK?)

    6. February 23, 2018 / 5:44 am

      I would love to go Edinburgh someday. I’ve heard so many awesome things about it and this post just proves why I need to go there. Thanks for sharing these hidden gems!

    7. Cristina Leau
      February 23, 2018 / 8:46 am

      I will keep this in mind when I will travel there. The places you describe sounds amazing. I also like the photos.

    8. Dee Jackson
      February 23, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Edinburgh sounds like an amazing place. I would love to visit and try some yummy food

    9. February 23, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Edinburgh is high on my list of places to see in the near future. I had no idea it was a city built on hills like Rome so one of my first stops would be to Blackford hill for a panoramic view of the city.

    10. February 23, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      I would love to go to Edinburgh as even if I’ve been living in the Uk for 5 years, I didn’t make it up North yet. I had no idea that the city was built on 7 hills, just like Rome!

    11. February 23, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Wow this sounds like an amazing place! I can’t believe I have never heard about Edinburgh before today!

    12. February 23, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      I’d love to stop by the Ting Thai Caravan. Thai food is one of my favorites.

    13. Jacqui Odell
      February 23, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      I have not been to the city. Actually I have never heard of it before now, but you make it sound like a great place to visit.

    14. Sela
      February 23, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Edinburgh looks like a beautiful place to visit. The food look so yummy. I looks amazing.

    15. February 23, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      I’ve never been to Edinburgh before. Wow, these photos are beautiful! I can’t wait to go 🙂

    16. February 23, 2018 / 11:08 pm

      Ooh! They have my favorite kind of cuisine there. That is a plus. I think I would smile at seeing the daffodils. I love beautiful flowers.

    17. February 24, 2018 / 1:14 am

      I haven’t been in Edinburgh, but it is a place I’d like to visit and I’ll definitely take your recommendations when I decide to go there. I didn’t know that the city is called the Athens of the north. Thanks for sharing.

    18. February 24, 2018 / 5:45 am

      I’ve hiked in Scotland many times. The scenery is magnificent. I’m ready to go back.

    19. Mark Olowokere
      February 24, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Ting Thai Caravan is the place to go for me. Want to taste the sensation of thai food. Afterwards Dean Village is my next stop.

    20. February 24, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      My step brother would love Ting Thai Caravan. He typically visits Thailand for a few months every year and loves it.

    21. February 25, 2018 / 1:39 am

      This soundd like such a lovely city. You have a list of some great places!

    22. Bobbi
      February 25, 2018 / 4:51 am

      This looks like it would be such an amazing place to visit. Those buildings look so spectacular and that food would definitely be worth the trip!

    23. February 25, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Dean Village seems like such a nice place to go. I need to add Edinburgh to my bucket list–right next to London! Thanks for sharing.

    24. Ally Jones
      February 25, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      These all sound so fabulous! I dream of going back to England again someday.

    25. February 26, 2018 / 3:19 am

      I have not heard of Edinburgh but it looks like a great place to vacation. Love your photos so nice.

    26. February 26, 2018 / 7:12 am

      Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, we loved it there. My favorite was the castle, of course!

    27. February 26, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      I have never been to Edinburgh. From your pictures, I would definitely love to visit the dean’s village. I love castles.

    28. Deb Dutta
      February 28, 2018 / 5:16 am

      ooooh I was just there! I am in love with Edinburgh – such a haunting city!

    29. March 25, 2018 / 11:07 am

      Love this! Ting Thai Caravan is such a great place for food, such a cute interior as well 🙂 I’ve never been to Kilimanjaro Coffee before, or up Blackford Hill, (for someone who was born in Edinburgh, I am the worst tourist of my own city) so I’m for sure putting these on my list for April!

    30. Lauren
      October 11, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Great post! We’re heading to Edinburgh soon so I’m putting together a list of places to visit. Definitely gonna try out that coffee shop (I’ll probably need it after all the hill climbing haha)


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