I moved to Edinburgh back in 2016 for my master’s degree. I mostly studied, sometimes also partied, often drank too much coffee. That year also gave me the opportunity to try out different foodie places in Edinburgh. I also explored the city and found some of the most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh. Back then I was an aspiring blogger, barely starting and mostly doing flatlays. Yet, I still did like the occasional colorful Instagram photo of this gorgeous city!
Actually, to be honest and transparent, I had done a little bit of research even before moving to Edinburgh. While I was doing an internship in London, I was already browsing Buzzfeed for the best Edinburgh places to visit and things to see. Now, they are not the most Instagrammable places per se. Especially because things may have changed since. But, they are my favorite Instagrammable places. Because some of them are just about food and that Instagrammable food that looks pretty but tastes either blend or horrendous is not worth your time! If you are looking for some food places in the Scottish capitale, head over here!
6 Instagrammable places in Edinburgh that are worth it
The Meadows, n°3 of Instagrammable places in Edinburgh
The Meadows are a long park located behind the university and marking the end of old town. Once you cross the park, you end up on Bruntsfield, which has a lot of super cute cafés and other places to relax. The Meadows is one of the most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh during spring! Why? Because the lawn gets covered in hundreds of daffodils and crocuses that blossom early spring and stay there until summer. It’s a great spectacle of colors and makes it worth the visit. I used to go to the. Meadows for a run, just for a chill or even for a pick-nick. The park indeed as some barbecue spots. The Meadows Festival takes place in June and offers a lot of activities, street food or performance.
I am not gonna lie, it is not the most Instagrammable place in Edinburgh but it is a great place for breakfast and brunch. The inside is cute and cosy, with wood tables and blue tea sets. The food is absolutely delicious and 100% Instagram worthy. You got it, I love this place and I think it is amazing. It is also fairly cheap and offers a wide variety of food. My favorite is the Kili breakfast which is a typical. Scottish breakfast with haggis, sausages, and so on. The vegetarian option is also delicious and it is the version I often ended up going for. Trust me, you are gonna love it! Make sure you go there early though, as it is not a big café and spots get filled up pretty quick! Not one of the most Instagrammables places in Edinburgh maybe, but still a most-do!
Dean Village, n°2 of Instagrammable places in Edinburgh
Dean Village, not Dean’s Village. That’s how I used to call it. But it’s wrong. It’s Dean Village. It is a former medieval village located northwest of the city center. It used to be a grain milling area and you can still see some remnants of old mills along the Water of Leith, the main water body crossing Edinburgh. You got it, the village is very old. But it is also super cute and very Instagrammable. You have yellow houses, flowers climbing up walls during spring, gorgeous architecture and overall, it is a great place for a nice walk. You can follow the river until Stokebridge then walk on Kerr Street before getting back to the city center. It is quite small so the visit won’t be long but it is still a sight to see.
Wanna learn something today? Edinburgh was built on seven hills. Just like Rome. However, the city is called the Athens of the North? Why? Because it became a major center of education and knowledge center but also. because its architecture recalls ancient Greece. Although the most popular hills are Arthur’s Seat (an old volcano) and Calton Hill, my favorite is Blackford Hill! First, it offers the best view of the city: a full panorama. Second, it is the nicest walk 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! Make sure you wear appropriate shoes as the paths become quite muddy and slippery with the rain. I do believe Blackford Hill belongs to the list of most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh although it is a different kind of “Instagrammability”.
Ting Thai Caravan
Again, the place itself is not that Instagrammable although it is cute and rustic. No, what makes this place so amazing is the food. No need to give away of lot of hints about what it does, am I right?! Thai food! And the best in town at that! In my opinion. At one point, I was going so often with my friends that it could have become our official canteen. The restaurant is incredibly well located by the university and a few minutes walk away from old town. The place is rather small and due to its popularity, it is always packed. Thus, make sure you either come before 12pm or after 2pm to avoid the crowd and make sure you get a table. Because they do not offer reservation. First-come, first-served basis. But I guarantee it is worth it.
Victoria Street, n°1 of Instagrammable places in Edinburgh
Yes, Victoria Street is that street in the first photo of this post. With all the super colorful houses. I bet Notting Hill is jealous. The street is not only famous for its vibrant buildings but also, and rather important, for being the inspiration behind Diagon Alley! You know where Harry Potter and co go to buy all their school supplies before the year at Hogwarts starts! The street is on two levels. You can access the second level via stairs on Victoria Street or via the Royal Mile.
You will find there, a lot of bars, cafés and shops but also Harry Potter shops! If you walk down the street, you will end up on The Grassmarket, which also has a lot of pubs and hosts a Vintage Weekend each April. 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. One of the most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh for sure!
What are your top Instagrammable places in Edinburgh? Or your favorite ones? Have you already been to Edinburgh? If you’re planning on visiting or moving to Edinburgh, where would you go?
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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!
So cool. I was in Edinburgh years ago and I’d love to go back. I just love the history that’s there.
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!
That food looks so delicious. This looks like a nice town to visit.
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?)
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!
I will keep this in mind when I will travel there. The places you describe sounds amazing. I also like the photos.
Edinburgh sounds like an amazing place. I would love to visit and try some yummy food
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.
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!
Wow this sounds like an amazing place! I can’t believe I have never heard about Edinburgh before today!
I’d love to stop by the Ting Thai Caravan. Thai food is one of my favorites.
I have been to the city once and I absolutely loved it. It is such a great place to visit.
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.
I’ve never been to Edinburgh before. Wow, these photos are beautiful! I can’t wait to go 🙂
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.
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.
I’ve hiked in Scotland many times. The scenery is magnificent. I’m ready to go back.
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.
My step brother would love Ting Thai Caravan. He typically visits Thailand for a few months every year and loves it.
This soundd like such a lovely city. You have a list of some great places!
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!
Edinburgh looks amazing, I have never been but I definitely want to visit now!
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.
These all sound so fabulous! I dream of going back to England again someday.
I have not heard of Edinburgh but it looks like a great place to vacation. Love your photos so nice.
Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, we loved it there. My favorite was the castle, of course!
I have never been to Edinburgh. From your pictures, I would definitely love to visit the dean’s village. I love castles.
ooooh I was just there! I am in love with Edinburgh – such a haunting city!
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!
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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