I fell in love with Edinburgh when I was five. I was in the boot of the family hatchback crossing over the Dean Bridge into the city. (We had a big family.) The sky was a mix of peaches and reds, and the backs of the New Town houses appeared as if they were growing organically right out of the rock. For a wee girl from the Black Isle it was entrancing and I wanted to live in the city ever since.
There is no point living somewhere you like if you don’t get out and sample it’s delights, try what it has to offer, suck it dry and spend the rest of the next day recovering.
Here are my five top blogs for enjoying the city.
Crumbs and Petals: Husband and wife team (and also my friends for transparency) Crumbs and Petals explore all that there is to offer in Edinburgh’s food and cultural scene. They’re on a pause just now, but the archive is worth looking through. If you want a festival beer, find out about gin or how to make a giant after eight – these are your people! Who doesn’t want to make a giant after-eight?
Lost in Edinburgh: Ok not strictly a blog, more a FaceBook community. Edinburgh is a city that is not only teaming with life, events, art and culture but also history. Much of it turbulent and bloody. The kind of history I like. Lost In Edinburgh will help you discover some of the hidden gems, little known facts and nooks and crannies that all too often get forgotten about in the madness of pulling in the tourist pounds.
Edinburgh Coffee Lovers: If wild beer soaked nights of spoken word, street performance and sticky floors are becoming a little bit boring then kick back with the slower paced Edinburgh Coffee Lovers. It will specifically plug you in to the independent coffee scene in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. These people know what they’re talking about.
Edinblogger: They got there first with the name! This blog has been going for a while, and I really appreciate getting truly honest reviews. Sometimes it’s ok to say “The experience was meh…just alright…nothing special.” It doesn’t all have to be whizzes and bangs. If I’ve thought about reviewing a place, they’ve generally got there first. *shakes fist*
Edinburgh foody: despite the title this isn’t a blog about people who are richer than you eating in places you’ll never afford. It’s about real live actual people, who aren’t cut outs from the Observer Magazine, eating, drinking, reviewing gadgets, trying new recipe books. Go eating!