I love Edinburgh city, the architecture, that old worldly feel to the place, the atmosphere on the streets, the people and all of the great spots to hang out. You can take a wander through the beautiful streets, pop into some of the excellent vintage shops, have your almond milk cappuccino and then take a walk up to Arthur’s seat and enjoy some stunning views of the city. I love cities that you can step outside of the center and still get to have a space in nature.
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This place is definitely a spot to visit for some delicious vegan or vegetarian nourishment. It is popular and busy so you may have to wait for a table but not long. We had the vegan wrap and the hummus & roast aubergine sourdough sandwich with soup of the day – mushroom & lentil, yum. We also tried the rainbow bowl, which changes depending on what they use each day – its basically a combination of 5 ingredients made into a hearty, warming soup bowl and it is recommended!
They have everything to cater for whichever mood you are in – sweet, savory, hot or cold. Smoothie bowls, raw and vegan cakes, fresh smoothies, juices and delicious coffee.
A nice lively and buzzy place to refuel before or after your trip up to Arthur’s seat 🙂 There are several tables outside also if you want to absorb the sun and take in the atmosphere from the streets of this fair city.
We passed by this cafe on the way to walk up to Arthur’s seat, it is very close if you wanted to grab something on the way up or down. I popped in to have a look and it seems like a nice place to either sit and have a coffee or eat lunch. Lots of delicious vegan and vegetarian food (I checked their website and see that all of their restaurants are vegetarian and vegan, using local and organic food) – from nut and bean burgers to salads or soups.
They had some nice healthy sweet treats stocked in the fridge also that would be great to have in the bag for an energy boost on your walk, some delicious looking chocolate cake among other delights.
We stopped into the Holyrood restaurant but there seems to be a few in other locations around Edinburgh, even a solely vegan restaurant in the city centre.
Location: 111 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
Contact: +44131 557 1606
This lovely little cafe drew us in from the street with its cosy, warmly lit feel that it had from across the street. It didn’t disappoint when we went inside. The few tables were all full with people chatting, eating and some just working on the laptops or having tea. We took the couches that are hidden away downstairs.
We just tried the hot chocolates and a coffee and all were lovely- almond, soya and I think coconut milk available. There is also a small range of health food items, snacks and teas on sale and I saw a few home-made looking cakes on the counter.
Lovely staff and I can imagine it is a perfect place to hang out in the evenings. Theyre was a lot of delicious looking vegan and vegetarian dishes being served also.
Location: 55 Clerk Street, Edinburgh
Contact: +44 131 662 0820
If you are in the mood for some retail therapy or just browse this place has really nice bits, with most of the clothes being made using 100% cotton, organic and/or fair-trade. I find it is definitely worth that bit extra to buy good quality and ethical clothes when possible, they feel much better on the skin, last longer and are supporting and encouraging ethically made and sourced products as well as supporting communities and workers to be paid and treated fairly for their services, products and farming.
We visited the Victoria street store.
Location: 22 Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Contact: +44131 220 0615
Arthur’s seat is a perfect spot for a Sunday walk, you can walk all the way up to the top or you can walk around it on the middle level.
It is an ancient volcano, which is also interesting to hear! The views all the way up and from up top are definitely worth it, and if you are lucky to have a clear, sunny Autumn day like I did then you are in for a treat.
It it a nice way to spend a couple of hours before or after a day around the city. We walked onto Duddingston and relaxed and refreshed ourselves in The Sheep Heid Inn, the oldest pub in Edinburgh apparently! It is a really nice spot and definitely a popular place to go, we just managed to get a seat.
I didn’t make it to a yoga class this time, but any tips on good places to get a stretch in please send them on. 🙂
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