A day in Edinburgh

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I hopped on the train at Kings Cross. 4 hours and 40 minutes later we were in Edinburgh. I didn’t know what to expect as a first-timer to the city but after a few short hours I came to the conclusion that I liked Edinburgh. A lot. The hustle of the old streets, the beautiful architecture and bloomin good food haunts along with the variety of vintage shops made the weekend a good one. I have put together a mini ‘A day in Edinburgh’ which is comprised of a few of my favourite things found over my 4 days in the city. 

The Food & Drink Part

Mimi’s Bakehouse, 63 Shore 

‘Cause I’m all ’bout the cake, ’bout the cake – it was important to me to find a good ol’ sweet shop which also offers a good coffee. Coffee and cake are weakness’s of mine so it was a happy sight when we stumbled across Mimi’s Bakehouse after a long walk. The cakes were insanely amazing and all consisted of favourite chocolate bars. All I can say about this place is that it took me a long time to pick out my cake of choice and once I had chosen and demolished the cake – I was not disappointed. 

Under the Stairs: 3A Merchant Street 

Mojitoes are my second weakness. I know, coffee and mojitoes – not a good combo. Under the Stairs had a cool candle-lit vibe with cosy furnishings so comfortable that I almost wished I had worn my pyjamas to the bar. It’s a goodun’ and perfect for a pre-drink before a night out/dinner out. 

The Vintage Shopping Part

W.Armstrong and Son: 85 Grassmarket, Old Town 

I know I’m somewhere special when the rails are rammed and the specific ’70’s mid-length dresses’ have a special section. W.Armstrong and Son in the Grass Market area of Edinburgh was an Aladin’s cave for all renewable fashion lovers. Some of the merchandise was damaged but with a bit of fashion DIY this wouldn’t be a problem. From Carrie Bradshaw-esque tutu dresses to 60’s dresses brilliant enough to rival Cilla’s wardrobe circa. 1960, this ol’ vintage shop is one for the ‘must visit’ list. 

The Frayed Hem: Cockburn Street

Slightly smaller than W.Armstrong and Sons but by no means less enthralling, this little shop is what I want my house to look like – vintage style blackboards, fake antler wall hangers and decorative sequin jackets.  From beautiful hats to floral playsuits to classic Levi shorts this is my second little ‘must-visit’ vintage shop. Go, go, go.

The Additional Touristy Part

We went on a tour with a company called Mercat Tours. The tour was called ‘Secrets of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle’. The tour took us down the main street which was littered with so many amazing stories which I don’t think we would have heard of had we not walked the tour so this experience is highly recommended.

I hope this post was helpful if you happen to be making a short trip to Edinburgh in the near future. If you haven’t got a trip to Edinburgh planned, why not? Go on, book it now 😉

Love, Hannah x


  1. October 6, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    I'm glad you had fun exploring my hometown! Mimi's is one of my favourite places for yummy cake, but I haven't been to Under The Stairs before. Will add it to my to-do list 🙂


    • October 7, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      Ah I loved Edinburgh! I would love to go back so you'll have to let me know of any more amazing bakeries/bars 🙂 Mimi's was amazing! xx

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