Monday, 23 April 2012
ragamuffin loves...the royal mile!
1. Leave the car at home! There is a great bus service here and the number 35 stops on the Royal mile - running right through the city from the airport to Leith. Several buses stop on the North Bridge from all corners of the city, then it's only a hop and a skip to the High Street! Best of all, when you are here, there is no sign of the tram chaos blighting the rest of the city centre.
Story Telling Centre on the High Street - a varied menu, excellent quality local ingredients, lovely service and super tasty food...yum!
3. Time for shopping - ignore the ubiquitous touristy places and you will find a variety of cute, individual little shops to explore. As well as the Mile itself, there are also interesting places on the cross streets - St. Mary's Street, Jeffrey Street & Cockburn Street. Some of our favourites include:
Rene Walrus and Present on St. Mary's Street
Corniche on Jeffrey Street
Barnetts & Palenque on the High Street
The Camera Obscura museum shop at the Lawn Market
6. After all that shopping how about some culture? St. Giles Cathedral and Canongate Kirk often host daytime classical concerts - sometimes free! The Story Telling Centre has a full programme of events and there are interesting talks and readings at the Poetry Library just off the Canongate.
hidden garden gems to be found - ideal for a takeaway coffee and a stroll.
The Witchery at the Lawn Market. It is a magical resturaunt in an amazing location - until you see the gates to Edinburgh castle you forget just how majestic it is! Try and get a table in the secret garden! At the other end of the scale but equally fun is Fish & Chips from Bene's in the Canongate. Eat them out of the paper sitting on the bench in front of the Canongate Kirk - on a sunny evening it's divine!
10. Tell all your friends what a great day you've had - spread the love!
We'll be listing some Royal Mile "top fives" this week - tell us about your favourite Royal Mile places!