We came by train.
We saw stunning scenery.
We conquered Arthur’s Seat.
And along the way, my friend Laura and I ate some delicious food.
Edinburgh is the perfect mix of medieval romance, breathtaking nature, with just the right amount of modern necessities like restaurants and shops.
Easily one of the best trips I’ve ever had. Just goes to show that there are more amazing places in the world than the usual big cities. Edinburgh has a cerebral appeal that is very peaceful and conducive to creative work. JK Rowling herself wrote Harry Potter in this city. And everywhere you go, you feel its almost otherworldly atmosphere.
We got off the bus early as we caught a glimpse of this stunning view on the outskirts of the city from a bridge.
And for serious art lovers who are after a bit of work by the Old Masters. Edinburgh will not disappoint. This small but precious canvas is part of Degas’ well-known body of work depicting dancers.
After spending time in the Scottish National Gallery, we hopped on over to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Both galleries are pretty much right in the middle of town, not too far from the main train station, which make for ideal spots in terms of itinerary planning.
I was most pleasantly surprised by the space inside the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Whilst it houses lots of original, medieval fixtures, furniture and lighting, some of the gallery spaces are very contemporary. Almost as if you could be inside a fancy department store – except everything is free for the eyes to feast on.
And how often does one come across a favourite restaurant by chance? That happened to me and my Colombian friend on this trip. During our week-long getaway from London to Edinburgh, we dined here almost everyday.
We couldn’t believe such a great Spanish tapas restaurant was only a short walk away from our accommodation. Stellar food served by friendly staff in a bright and airy space. Every single tapas we ordered was delicious and also churros with chocolate sauce served daily until 5 pm. Need I say more?
Serrano and Manchego
297 Leith Walk
Edinburgh EH6 8SA
Update: This establishment has closed due to rising costs amid a general downturn in the restaurant sector. They will be missed.
This Mexican restaurant was another place we had dinner at. We were lucky to get the only window seat in the house. The food was tasty, the menu was simple and easy to understand. Just all around a very pleasant dining experience.
You didn’t think we would end the meal without churros, did ya? These tasted just as good as they look.
62 Elm Row
Edinburgh EH7 4AQ
Update: This venue has closed, but they may be relocating to another site soon. Keep an eye out for them.
We ended our trip with some good old English tea. Just something comforting and familiar before our journey back to London. I always like to try cafes inside galleries. This one is conveniently situated walking distance from the train station.
Scottish National Galleries
Edinburgh EH2 2EL
And that’s a wrap for my first trip to Edinburgh. I wish I had visited Lake District too, but didn’t have enough time. Nevertheless, I hope my readers enjoyed this travelogue. Comment below any thoughts or suggestions you may have.