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Leith Cafe Quest

One of my favourite things to do in life is to chill out on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty, cosy cafe. Edinburgh is great for this, but my neighbourhood of Leith is particularly special.

The diversity of people, pubs, cafes and restaurants is what made me fall in love with Leith. From the recently opened Starbucks (I’m not ashamed to like chains too) to the vast range of little independent coffee shops featured in this blog post.

Whenever I’m driving or walking down Leith Walk there always seems to be somewhere new that catches my eye. Recently, there seems to have been an influx of cafes so I decided to share my faves and hopefully you can tell me about some I’ve missed!

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Review: Dishoom brunch

If you speak to anyone in Edinburgh about new foodie establishments at the moment, chances are you’ll hear about Dishoom.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

There are already a handful of Dishoom restaurants in London (Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby and Covent Garden) that I’ve heard people are raving about. St. Andrew Square in Edinburgh has recently had a large scale makeover, with the introduction of new restaurants, hotels, a TK Maxx and more to come! This was clearly a prime location, central and close to Waverley Train Station, for Dishoom to branch out of the big smoke and open their first restaurant in Scotland.

Back in mid-January we were invited to their official launch party, a spectacular affair filled with luxurious nibbles, cocktails and chai – word quickly spread on the Edinburgh grapevine about the new eatery in town. The most frequent whispers I heard revolved around their Bombay cafe style brunch and, luckily, I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to pop along and review it for myself.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

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Review: The Salisbury Arms

When my husband and I started dating, I was living in a wee flat in Marchmont. We soon found our favourite date venues, one of which was The Salisbury Arms. It always had fantastic food and was lovely and cosy (yet very spacious) for some weekend drinks and Scrabble!

We now live in Leith so when I was invited to review The Salisbury Arms after a big refurbishment, we leapt at the opportunity! So how does it compare after its makeover? Read on to find out.

The Salisbury Arms, Edinburgh

To be honest, it doesn’t really look much different inside; which is a good thing! I love how spacious it is; full of homely accessories such as tartan clad chairs and vintage thistle wallpaper. If I had a bar or restaurant, this is how I would decorate it. In fact, when we move from our flat to a house, I will be taking lots of inspiration from The Salisbury Arms.

The photogenic appearance meant that it was the perfect muse for blogging. I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the little details dotted around the place.

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Review: Jamie’s Italian Edinburgh

Well Jamie Oliver, you certainly surprised me there!

I’m going to be totally honest with you… I had pretty low expectations about Jamie’s restaurant. However, I was soon eating my words after our visit to the Edinburgh branch of the chain.

Review: Jamie's Italian, Edinburgh

Located in the centre of the city between Rose Street and George Street in the former supper halls of the Assembly Rooms, it’s in a prime spot for tourists and locals alike. You can actually access the restaurant from both streets but we opted for the more low key entrance on Rose Street. (more…)

Edinburgh Airport gift guide

I’ve always loved airports and the beginning of Love Actually perfectly sums up why…

Firstly, here are some surprising Edinburgh Airport facts:

  • Scotland’s busiest airport ✈
  • Over 200,000 passengers were expected to travel through the airport in the two weeks over the festive period
  • Edinburgh airport’s retail offering has grown over 40% in the past year
  • Outlets offer Tax Free prices or 20% discount compared to the high street
  • Dixons Travel offer web-beating prices, coming in cheaper than John Lewis, Amazon or Argos
  • Dixons Travel will also reserve your product in advance of your travel date, if requested
  • World Duty Free – champagne, fragrance and malt whisky all 20% cheaper than the high street

As we were jetting off on our honeymoon on 21st December to Australia, my new husband and I were set the task of buying each other a last minute surprise gift from Edinburgh Airport. So, what did we get? (more…)

New Chaophraya Edinburgh menu

I love Thai food so was delighted to be invited to Chaophraya in Edinburgh to sample their new menu. I’ve been to this restaurant a couple of times in the past but I think this meal was actually the best I’ve had there yet…

Chaophraya Edinburgh

Located on the top floor of a building on Castle Street, just off Princes Street, the restaurant has a fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle if you’re lucky enough to get one of the seats in the old balcony area. Don’t worry, you’re sitting inside but this area used to be outside in its previous incarnation, Oloroso. (more…)