If you’re planning to visit Edinburgh, the best time of year to come is in August. In case you didn’t know, our city totally transforms into the greatest place on earth for one month of the year, and one month only… let’s face it, the local’s couldn’t handle any more excitement! Thousands of people (if not hundreds of thousands) travel far and wide to soak up the atmosphere, catch a few shows, check out some exhibitions and immerse themselves in the inspirational vibes the town exudes. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of course! But don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all we have on offer. I could easily write screes and screes about what’s fun to see throughout the Fringe, but that would be a bit predictable and an awful lot of yawn. Two thing’s I definitely am not!
So, without further adieu, here are my top picks for things to do in the Burg this August… that aren’t the Fringe! HOORAY!
Foodies Festival 7th, 8th, 9th August, Inverleith Park
This is the 10th Anniversary of the delicious 3 day Foodies Festival, which hosts everything from Michelin starred, celebrity and top local chefs cooking their favourite summer recipes for us all to learn from, as well as things like masterclasses in bee keeping, sushi rolling and sausage making… not to mention there are loads of pop up bars, restaurants and street food venders to indulge in. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE FOOD so naturally, this is a must do. Did I mention there’s also a Cake & Bake Theatre? Make of that what you will!! Check out more and get tickets here
Craft Scotland Summer Show – 7th to 30th August, Whitestuff on George Street
Being a crafty lady myself, I do love to check out all kinds of exhibitions for idea’s and inspiration. This month Craft Scotland are showcasing some of Scotland’s great makers, which I’m extra excited about this year given that I’m currently doing up my new home! There will be jewellery, textiles and ceramics – oh my! I’m pretty excited the products are up for sale too, meaning if you spot something of your dreams you don’t have to leave empty handed. Knowing that if this happens I’ll be supporting local businesses and makers I couldn’t be more happy about it!
SAM Pop Up Shop – Until 28th August, Hill Street Design House
SAM is a beautifully curated South African Market which is part of this year’s Edinburgh Fashion Festival. This pop up will actually blow your mind – there are so many beautiful things you won’t know where to look! I’m particularly in love with Long Jean Silver jewellery and the gold envelope bag. Check out the facebook page for a little peek at what’s inside and find out how to get to Hill Street Design House here
Looking for amazing places to visit in the city in between all these things? Here’s some of my favourite spots that are 100% worth the visit. They’re all in the Grassmarket area too, making them central and easy to get to between all those Fringe venues…
Hannah Zakari – this bonny shop is were you’ll find me most days! It’s Edinburgh’s hottest shop for indie designers, including jewellery from Wolf & Moon and Datter Industries, threads from Stay Home Club and adorable planters from Love Hate. Not to mention Larua Berger has designed the window display – SWOON! Prepare to part with all your pennies…
Pi – Ku Collective – this vintage shop may be petite but it is jam packed full of goodness! The adorable 1960’s dress I’m wearing in these photos are from Pi Ku and I am in love! A beautifully curated selection of clothes, jewellery and home wear is what you’ll find inside, all at really reasonable prices and not to mention completely unique. A must for all fashion fiends!
Mary’s Milk Bar – In one sentence, this is my favourite ice cream shop of ALL TIME. First up, there is hand made gelato that is so delicious it will make you question all the other frozen treats you’ve been eating all these years. Then there’s the most instagram-able mint green interior in the city. And last, but certainly not least, is Donut Friday. Take one sugar donut. Slice in half. Slide in the most incredible scoop of ice cream. Put back together. Eat like a burger. If you follow me on instagram you’ll know that I am obsessed with these! Head to Mary’s to find out why!
Paradise Palms – I love a good dive bar, and this is my absolute favourite in the city. Filled with hawaiian shirts, pinball machines, neon signs and *ahem* a beautiful bit of interior decorating by yours truly you’ll find it very hard to leave this little island once you’ve arrived. And if you’re looking for a cocktail twist on one of Scotlands favourite alcoholic beverages, you have to try the Buckfast Margarita. It doesn’t taste like what you’d expect, but it might have become my new favourite tipple!
Phew! That was a longer post than I expected! It’s nice to share things that get overlooked, don’t you think? For those of you who know the city, feel free to share more hotspots and things to do in the comments part of this blog post.
As for everyone else, I super hope you get the chance to check out some of these amazing things, I think it’s fair to say we’re defo worth a little day trip to if nothing else…
See you there!