Celebrating my birthday in Edinburgh meant only one thing- not cooking for a week, which let’s face it is dreamy not for the act of not having to cook but for deflecting the follow-up of cleaning dishes and tidying up the kitchen counters.
Admittedly, I milked this particular birthday as much as I could!
Each day of the week we would go out on a dinner date, and we really made a point of visiting the places we dined on our very first dates in Edinburgh. Without further ado, here are the places we loved having our first dates and visiting again and again once we are back in the beautiful Scottish capital.
1// Whiski Rooms
One of our very first dates took place at the Whiski Rooms. A cosy pub in the, indisputably, busy High Street leading to New Town. It has beautiful interiors, great views and a nice whisky (or whiski) selection.
One of the most intriguing bars in the city, with its impressive spiral staircase, breathtaking views over the city and 50’s interior design this is one of Edinburgh’s most classy bars. A must-visit if you like cocktails that are a bit different than your usual Pina Colada (which by the way I wanted to order but wasn’t on the menu).
Known for its dark interiors and delicious, spicy food this is is another one of our favourite places to visit for brunch and dinner when in Edinburgh. Try to get a table by the window on the top floor and enjoy the views over St Andrews Square and no matter what don’t forget to try the Indian style rice pudding -DIVINE!
An Edinburgh icon, The Balmoral Edinburgh is somewhere I have always wanted to visit and I am so glad we booked ourselves a Spa Day on my birthday. The Spad Day package included light lunch, a massage treatment and two hours access in the spa facilities (sauna, steam room and swimming pool).
We had the quinoa salad for starter, the salmon for main and the dark chocolate truffles with coffee for dessert. The food was fresh, delicious and the portions were just as much you’d need to fill full but not overly full that you’d feel uncomfortable.
After this, we had a lovely facial each and sat by the pool reading magazines and having multiple cups of detox tea. It was a truly relaxing experience and something I would gladly do all over again!
One of the most worth visiting bars in Edinburgh that despite its central location and incredibly well reputation, still feels like a well-kept secret that only the locals would visit, which in such a crowded city is a rare thing to happen! Try one of their signature whisky cocktails next time you are here, they are amazingly light but, oh so tasty!
An underground sophisticated bar featuring a conservatory filled with plant and wooden tables in the back, this is one of our favourite places for two reasons :
a) they do deliciously strong, frozen Pina Coladas, and
b) they always have the best music. There’s not really much more to ask, is there?
This is where my boyfriend and his friends would have their celebratory dinners after the University exams. Nestles on Infirmary Street, a cosy Indian cage restaurant with quick service, delicious, albeit a bit too spicy, dishes and reasonable prices. Ask for the mango juice and order a selection of their small dishes. Mouth-watering!
Last but not least, the magnificent Taxidi Greek Bistro! If you love Greek food, great philoxenia, smiley faces and exquisite food then this is your place! Nearby the popular TollCross junction, it has an outdoor sitting area, chicken souvlaki, gyro and white Greek wine. A slice of home away from home!
Food so delicious that made even Cruz turn his head around and give us the puppy eyes with the hope of getting some nibbles…
Have you ever been to either of these places? If so, which is the one that stuck in your head?