Edinburgh - things to do and see, great pubs and more

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by Lord Camomile, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    There's a row of charity shops on Nicholson Street / Clerk Street.
  2. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Still plenty of them, but not sure about how good they are or how cheap.
  3. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Was about to recommend Armstrong's and just discovered it's no longer in the Cowgate. When did that happen? (Next I'll find out that Flip's no longer on South Bridge either...)
  4. gosub

    gosub ~#

    Don't really head up that end of town til August (why would anybody want to leave Leith?) but I'll look out for it then
  5. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Ah, a proper Leither... :)
  6. gosub

    gosub ~#

    no, a blow in, but its home and I like it:)
  7. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Thanks for the replies.
    I found armstrongs (there are three branches) and thought it was pretty good, perhaps somewhat better than your average London vintage shop. Looked in a few charity shops in various bits of town (stockbridge, morningside and around the university) and found them all to be run-of-the-mill at best.
  8. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    To escape the gentrification?
  9. ibilly99

    ibilly99 Banned Banned

  10. gosub

    gosub ~#

    went to a beer launch there last month- Barney's beer is brewed there. Beer was alright, entertainment was a bit shambolically disappointing
  11. gosub

    gosub ~#

  12. gosub

    gosub ~#

  13. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    Out of 200 statues in Edinburgh 2 are of women, the same number that are of dogs. Stats courtesy of DRBs women's history group.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
  14. gosub

    gosub ~#

    Good triv question. Queen Victoria, grey friars bobby,?,?

    E2a:got to be a Virgin Mary somewhere

    Don't think I've ever seen a statue of Queen Elizabeth II anywhere, I suppose these days we have telly
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
  15. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Off to Edinburgh the weekend before Xmas. Never been before, what is there to do, nice places to eat etc? I hear there's a castle. Will it be really cold?
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  16. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Chances are it will be cold, yes. And probably wet too.

    Galleries of Modern Art are nice and you get to walk along the river to get there if you want - though might be a bit grim in winter. Walking up Arthur's Seat also.

    There are the usual winterval markets and stuff in Princes Street gardens, though they're well expensive.

    Places to eat - Mosque Kitchen, Punjabi Junction, Wannaburger, l'escargot Blanc, Kitchin. Depends what you want really.

    There is a a gallery up Calton Hill too (disclaimer: my o/h is an intern there). The stuff they show is of variable calibre, but it's worth going up just for the views of the city.

    Botanic Gardens if you're anywhere near that part of town, though you have to pay to get into the hothouses these days.
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  17. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Thanks The Boy :) We've got an apartment so don't have to go out for every meal but still want to treat ourselves. I'm veggie but my gf likes steak lol so I guess we're looking for places that will do a good variety!

    Also we're going to the zoo :D Any good museums? We probably want to do a few things inside too lol
  18. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    National Museum of Scotland on Chambers St is excellent, huge and free :)
  19. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    I still miss the fish though :(
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  20. boohoo

    boohoo No.

    There are only a small amount of hours of daylight. It was cold but it's nice to wrap up warm and sit in a pub.
  21. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Weather wise it will probably be a bit parky - it's been mildish but damp for the last few weeks but by then it'll probably be hovering around 2-3 degrees during the day and below freezing by night and Edinburgh is always windy so bring hat/scarf/glove type things. Food - Mosque Kitchen that The Boy mentioned is kickass if you like curry. Pierre Victoire is apparently very good if you want nice French food (I haven't been there for years since it was in a different location but a friend went last week and said it was great). The castle is a good visit but it's expensive to get in.
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  22. xenon

    xenon Radical efficiencies

    Get pissed in the grass market. And what they said.
  23. BlueSquareThing

    BlueSquareThing With chips

    There's a half decent Spanish place in the street that runs parallel to Prince's Street iirc. Pretty good range of stuff.

    The city is nice. Might be a bit tricky due to daylight hours but if you fancy a walk Arthur's Seat is easy enough to get to from the central area.
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  24. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Oh wow ... you'll be there for Christmas markets..
    Fab place this time of year...well.
    Anytime of year tbh.
  25. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    The architecture in Edinburgh is gorgeous. Everywhere you look there are interesting buildings and atmospheric sights. I love it. Haven't been for ages though.

    eta: a walk up Arthur's Seat is nice (weather permitting).
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  26. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.


    Please report back! On my top ten list of cities to visit and just haven't found the moment yet! :)
  27. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    Henderson's. Google it. One of the best veggie restaurants anyplace and has been around for decades.

    It's on Hanover Street which is very central, one of the roads going up from Prince's Street.

    I really recommend it. Great atmosphere, reasonable prices and brilliant food which veggies and meativores will love.
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  28. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Hmm, always found it overpriced. For v good (if quite expensive) veggie food, David Bann's is the place to go. Which area are you staying in?
  29. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I'm jealous too ;). :D
  30. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

    I want to go to the seaside. Is there a nice seaside that's easy to get to from the centre?

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