Our Summer Guide to the Best of Independent Edinburgh

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Our Summer Guide to the Best of Independent Edinburgh

It’s that time of year again. Edinburgh comes alive with the Fringe Festival & International Festival, as well as the Art Festival and Book Festival, bringing tourists from across the world to visit our beautiful city and experience all we have to offer.

We’ve created a summer guide to the best of independent Edinburgh. You’re not going to find these places anywhere else! It’s hard to narrow down all the amazing places the capital has to offer so we included where we love to eat, drink, and shop, and a few other must-see spots.

Firstly, if you’re looking to have a day of shopping, after visiting us on Dundas Street, here are some suggestions of the best places to shop.

For the men, there are some great spots for clothing and accessories around Edinburgh. Here are three of the best:

Dicks

https://www.instagram.com/dicksedinburgh/

https://dicks-edinburgh.co.uk/

Stewart Christie

https://www.instagram.com/stewartchristie_co/

The Brotique

https://www.instagram.com/the_brotique/

https://www.thebrotique.co.uk/

For the interior lover, these shops are unmissable. You’ll feel like you’re scrolling through Pinterest after you’ve seen the interiors treasures in these stores:

Life story

https://www.instagram.com/lifestoryedin/

https://www.lifestoryshop.com/

Pad Lifestyle

https://www.instagram.com/padlifestyle/

https://www.padlifestyle.com/

Bryce McKenzie

https://www.instagram.com/brycemckenzie1/

https://www.brycemckenzie.co.uk/

New to Stockbridge is The Method. This minimalist lifestyle store is worth a visit for skin care products and you can even book in a treatment to help you relax.

https://themethodonline.com/

Golden Hare Books is an independent bookshop in Stockbridge. Book-lovers will be in literary heaven with minimally lined shelves drawing attention to each carefully curated book. The store is categorised for easy browsing with a kids section at the back of the store.

https://goldenharebooks.com/

After shopping, if you’re looking for a place to stop for a coffee or a quick bite to eat, here are our favourite (and most instagrammable) choices:

Grams

 

https://www.instagram.com/gramsedinburgh/

http://www.gramsedinburgh.com/

The Pantry

https://www.instagram.com/thepantryman/

https://www.thepantryedinburgh.co.uk/

Love Crumbs

 

https://www.instagram.com/hellolovecrumbs/

Meltmongers

https://www.instagram.com/meltmongers/

Marys Milk Bar

https://www.instagram.com/marysmilkbar/

http://www.marysmilkbar.com/ 

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in the evening, these are the places to be:

Civerinos / Slice

 

http://www.civerinos.com/

Timberyard

https://www.instagram.com/timberyard10/

http://www.timberyard.co/

El Cartel

https://www.instagram.com/elcartelmexicana/

http://www.elcartelmexicana.co.uk/

Pickles

http://www.getpickled.co.uk/

Edinburgh is full of amazing bars but we’ve narrowed it down to our favourites. From gin served in a teapot to alcoholic ice-cream, these are bars you don’t want to miss out on:

Bramble

http://www.bramblebar.co.uk/

Hoot the Redeemer / Panda & Sons.

http://hoottheredeemer.com/

http://pandaandsons.com/

Devil’s Advocate

http://devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk/

The Jazz Bar

http://www.thejazzbar.co.uk/

Finally, these are some other spots we’d recommend visiting while you’re here. Arusha Gallery (below) and The Scottish Gallery are our neighbours on Dundas Street. They exhibit some of the best in contemporary art and are definitely worth a visit after shopping in Epitome!

https://scottish-gallery.co.uk/

http://www.arushagallery.com/

The Stockbridge Market is frequented by both locals and tourists every Sunday. It’s a foodie’s heaven with street-food vendors, local produce, and also craft & creatives selling their work. 

http://www.stockbridgemarket.com/

The Arches development is new to the city’s Old Town and has filled up with unique artisan shops and food stalls.

https://www.instagram.com/thearchesedinburgh/

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in central Edinburgh and get a personalised service you can trust, take a look at Dickins. They offer short term lets for some of the most beautiful properties on offer in the city. Take a look at the website below and find accommodation to suit all your needs.

https://www.dickins.co.uk/

For extra tips about the best of Edinburgh, we recommend picking up a copy of i-on magazine or heading to their website.

http://www.ionmagazine.co.uk/

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