I do love living in Scotland. We might be small, but there are so many lovely places to visit and Edinburgh, of course, is no exception.
I was so happy to have some free time at the May Bank Holiday and booked a really last minute overnight stay with my mum and sister. Admittedly, leaving it so last minute made it a bit difficult to find a room for 3 so we settled on the Jury’s Inn, just minutes walk from Waverley Station. It may not be fancy or very modern, but it is a good base for a quick change and so close to Princes Street too.
I love shopping in Edinburgh; I find it really different to Glasgow but it has more luxury brands which is nice. I had a bit of a shopping mission for the trip to spend the lovely House of Fraser voucher the Hartmann Media team gave me as a leaving present. I succeeded in the mission and found this amazing DKNY tote bag (£169) – I love the brown DKNY print but it is also reversible and has a really unique floral print which can also be used. I loved it so much I got the matching purse (RIP to my Ted Baker purse which has served me well).
1) We made it a girls’ weekend with lots of shopping, cocktails and amazing food. For lunch on the Friday, we headed to Strada. I know there’s so many good food places in the city, but Strada’s Insalata Romana salad is perfection (made better with as much bread as possible, please!)
2) After pretty much sprinting from shop to shop all afternoon, we had a quick coffee break in Valvona & Crolla in Multrees Walk. I done an event with jewellery brand Pandora in the very place last year and fell in love with long-standing deli and cafe. The cakes are also so pretty!
3) For dinner, it had to be TigerLily Edinburgh. I love the opulence of the decor and the buzzing atmosphere. It is always so busy that I would 100% recommend making sure to book first. I should be more adventurous when eating here, but I opted for the steak.
4) For the Saturday, we booked Le Monde for a lovely afternoon tea. I looked at so many different afternoon teas in Edinburgh, but I don’t think you can really beat the nice contemporary setting of Le Monde on George Street (one of my favourite streets ever) especially with a booth seat. You can add on a glass of champagne too, but we opted for tea seeing as I was driving home!