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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Travel: 48 Hours in Edinburgh & Where To Eat and Drink

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Edinburgh is a UK city that has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time, so I was thrilled to spend a short weekend there, even if it was for a very fleeting, jam-packed 48 hours! Isn't it funny that we tend to look past a lot of popular UK destinations on our doorstep and favour travelling abroad instead?

Truth be told, there are a lot of hidden gems right underneath our noses here in the UK and I can hand on heart admit that I too have been guilty of this and have only really started to explore my local staycation opportunities in the last few years.

When visiting Edinburgh for 2 nights back in May, we were fortunate to have a super central base close to Edinburgh castle staying at one of Dunc and Dee's rental apartments (within Edinburgh's Old Town District) and right on top of a popular up-and-coming fine-dining restaurant called Timberyard. If you're looking for somewhere central to stay in Edinburgh you can read more about our stay at Dunc and Dee's quirky apartment, which includes plenty of pictures to give you a good idea of the space.

So, what did we get up to with 48 hours in Edinburgh?

In all honesty, it mostly consisted of eating and drinking - surprise, surprise, with a typical sightseeing bus tour thrown in for good measure! Read on to find out which food and drink hotspots I recommend checking out in George Street and the surrounding areas... 

Where To Eat and Drink (Mostly George Street)

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buttermilk pancake with honeycomb butter and peaches at tigerlily edinburgh
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Tigerlily Edinburgh, George Street

On your first day in Edinburgh, it's guaranteed that you'll need a good breakfast to start the day and fuel all the steps and stair-climbing that lies ahead of you - most of the city is an uphill climb! Tigerlily is both a restaurant and bar, oh and did I mention it's a trendy, boutique hotel too? (apparently 'the best boutique hotel in Edinburgh' according to their website). 

If the breakfast and plush bar interiors are anything to go by (think hanging foliage and bold, mismatched furniture) then I'll definitely be looking to stay here next time we venture to Edinburgh! 

On their breakfast menu, there's a good selection of items to choose from, we immediately spotted the Classic thick Buttermilk pancake that comes with honeycomb butter, peaches and almonds (£8), be warned, this is only one pancake, but it's huuuge, delicious and very filling. 

When ordering, if we can't decide between two dishes, it's pretty much a given that we order both and share (oh I do love that my husband is into food as much as me!). For the second breakfast/brunch dish we ordered the Sourdough with gucamole, sun-dried tomatoes, rocket (£6.50) and added poached eggs for an extra £1 - uh-mazing! We enjoyed the breakfast so much here, we even went back for seconds the next morning! 

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Candy Bar, George Street

Candy Bar & Diner, again can be found on Edinburgh's George Street and is perfect for all-day dining, whether it be for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack! The food here is a lot more casual and affordable - ideal if you aren't too hungry and just want to nibble on a couple of different small, sharing-style plates. Think Mac & cheese fritters, halloumi fries, ravioli nachos (yes this is really a thing here, and they are really delicious!).

Granted the food on offer at Candy Bar is all a little on the indulgent and deep-fried side, but did you come to this blog expecting any less?! Haha. Anyway, I can guarantee by the time you're ready to visit Candy Bar you will have probably already clocked up around 15,000+ steps from walking around the city - so you earned it! ;-) Don't forget to order an insta-worth 'eye candy' cocktail.. if you're not sure which cocktail to pick, check out their Instagram for lots of inspiration! 

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Panda & Sons, Queen Street

Next up, Panda & Sons, OK, not George Street, but is located on Queen Street, literally just behind it. Panda & Sons is a little unique, why you ask? because it's one of Edinburgh's secret bars! 

SHHH! Can you keep a secret? 

Let's just say it's not as obvious as just looking for a sign that will say 'Panda & Sons' outside. You'll need to look for a 'barbers shop' and once inside the doors, you will probably have to queue for 10/15 minutes before you are lead down through the secret cove into this secret bar that fuses the classic Prohibition-style Speakeasy and a nod to the Vintage style Barbershop (clue, clue!) With its quirky concoction of cocktails and craft beers this hidden bar is great for a pre or post-dinner drink! 

Find out more here:

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italian food at contini edinburgh george street restaurant
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where to go for food and drink in edinburgh

Contini Restaurant, George Street

Last up, Contini on George Street, what can I say? Hands down, one of the best Italian meals we've eaten in the UK! We stumbled upon this place by chance, surprisingly when we visited, Edinburgh was experiencing an unusually warm weekend with lots of sunshine and naturally, everyone was out in their shorts and crop tops and wanted to wind down with a prime spot sitting alfresco along Edinburgh's buzzy George Street

We managed to nab an outdoor spot and indulged on grapefruit mojitos for a little while until realising that we didn't actually have that much time before we needed to head back to the airport for our flight. We asked to be seated for dinner (as it was getting a little hot and sticky) and indulged in delicious Arancini and bruschetta for starters and followed on with some ravioli and sausage pasta to share for our mains. The food was delicious and I strongly advise that you seek this place out! 

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Hope you enjoyed reading through my recommendations! 

Where is your favourite place to staycation in the UK? Let me know in the comments below as I'm always searching for new places to explore! x0. 

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