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1 Dec

I’m not in Edinburgh for a few weeks, but I had to post this picture I took on my early (relatively, it’s so dark these days…) morning train, just as the sun was coming up.  I love taking the train as the scenery anywhere in Scotland, or from Edinburgh to Newcastle as you travel along the coast, is just beautiful.  Have a lovely Christmas and I’ll be back in the New Year!


Loudons Café and Bakery, Fountainbridge

20 Nov

Score: 4/5

Prices: Coffee and cake for under £5

Best for: Working/meeting up with friends

This lovely café shares a great resemblance to one of my favorite cafés in Edinburgh, Peter’s Yard.  I belive the owner of this café was once a chef at Peter’s Yard and that establishment has clearly had a great influence of the style of this café as most of the fittings are identical and they have chosen a similar space with provides the café with a lovely sence of light and space.  The coffee was completely delicious but I was a little disappointed with my food (I went there for brunch) which fell slightly short of my very high expectations.  Their cakes look delicious though, and I look forward to going back so I can test them out.  definitely one to try if you haven’t been there already, and do follow the link to their website because it’s beautiful!

A Weekend in Paris

28 May

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Paris.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and I had a wonderful time cycling through the streets, doing a little sightseeing and of course, sampling the local cafés.  I couldn’t resist taking a few photos and so I’ve got a couple of reviews for you guys which I’ll put up over the next few days.

Check out my new Etsy shop!

10 Apr

Click the picture to enter my shop!

Cakes for Japan Cake

26 Mar

Can I just say yum!  Millionaire shortbread and rocky road – mmmmm.  I got these at the Cakes for Japan sale, it was truly scrumptious.  Did you get anything?

Cakes for Japan Edinburgh

23 Mar

Cakes for Japan are running an event in Edinburgh to raise money for the Red Cross’ Japan Tsunami Appeal.  You can get involved by baking cakes or eating cakes.  Both sound pretty good to me! Follow the Cakes for Japan link for more information.

Old Town Stone Work, Old St. Paul’s Church

8 Feb

Le Café Royale, Royal Mile

7 Feb

Score: 3/5

Good For: Escaping Royal Mile Madness/A nice pick-me-up on a rainy day

Price: Cappuccino, £2.20

If you pick the right spot there is a delightful view of Calton Hill from this café.  This is just perfect if you are in need of an escape from the rain and just want to sit down and relax with a book and a coffee.  The large windows make sure that this north facing cafe is always filled with light and there is a very pleasant atmosphere inside, with bare stone walls covered in beautiful prints of Edinburgh.  The only downside is that the table with the best view also has a large panel of menus stuck to the window, slightly obscuring the view once you’re sitting down.  You have to sit up very straight to take it in, so I guess it’s good for your posture!

As for the coffee, I have no complaints though it didn’t blow me away.  I’m afraid I didn’t have any cake here, though I hear they do a good apple pie.

All in all, a nice little place with a light and relaxed air.  The only thing that puzzles me is the French name.  I don’t feel like this place exudes a French atmosphere and they don’t sell particularly French products so it just seems bizarre to give it a foreign name.  So, francophiles take note.  I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed by entering under false pretences.

St Giles’ Cathedral in the snow

6 Dec

Winter Tree, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

25 Nov

I love it when the trees lose their leaves and you can see  their beautiful skeletons.  This is a nice example from the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Saint Giles’ Café, St Giles’ Street

20 Nov

Score: 3/5

Best For: An evening coffee

Price: cappuccino £2.50; Tea £2.50; Cakes £1.90 – £2.90

This café’s interior is beautiful.  They have left the walls unplastered and the stonework is just lovely.  The floor to ceiling windows allow plenty of light, but it still feels warm and cosy inside.  Another great bonus of this place is that it is open until late so if you want to go out with a friend but don’t fancy the pub or a bar, this is a great place.  You can get alcoholic drinks here as well as a late night coffee, and it lacks the abrasive music that ruin many bars in the evening.

On the downside the coffee, tea are mediocre, and the choice of cakes is not exactly mouth-watering.  Having said that, I wouldn’t rule this place out because it can be very atmospheric in the evening and it is somewhere I love to visit with friends.

St Giles' Café Bar on Urbanspoon

Old College, University of Edinburgh

10 Nov