Tag Archives: Vintage

Top Tip: Armstrongs

16 Nov


There are several of these vintage shops in and around Edinburgh, the largest of which can be found on Grassmarket.  They are wonderful treasure troves and you can find almost anything amongst their displays.  Their selection of cashmere jumpers is excellent and particularly useful at this time of year when it’s getting cold and you want to find something truly warm that doesn’t cost the earth.

The only downside is that all their truly stunning dresses, dresses you wouldn’t mind really paying for, are not for sale.  Apparently it’s because they’re too expensive.  I’d like the be the judge of that, thank you.  I guess they just don’t want people trying them on all the time and they do look beautiful hanging up.  They do, however, serve to make the dresses that are actually for sale a little less interesting.

I’m thinking of buying myself a sporon to wear as purse when I leave Scotland.  Something to remember Edinburgh by.  If I do, Armstrongs is where I shall head.


Spoon Café, Nicolson Street

24 Feb


Score: 4/5

Great for: Working in groups/A wonderful cup of tea, in pleasant surroundings

Price: Tea £1.90, Cappuccino £2.20, Cake £4.50+

I have often walked past Spoon Café many times but never really thought to go in.  I think I was always put off by the fact that, because it’s on the first floor, you can’t look in through the window to see what it’s like before taking the plunge and entering.  I’d feel rood walking in, and turning straight around if I thought it wasn’t my scene.  However, on the recommendation of a friend I decided to pay this café a visit.  I was not disappointed.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I certainly didn’t think I’d find such a chilled out relaxing environment.  There are a mix of tables (small and large) and sofas and the large, bright room is separated by book shelves, folding screens, pot plants and standing lamps giving the room a very lived-in, chilled out atmosphere.  The vintage wallpaper, furniture and tea cups all add to its charm.

I had a homemade ginger and lemon tea which was delicious.  They don’t really have cakes and if you want something sweet you’ll have to order it from the eating menu, which makes it a little more expensive than your average tea-shop cake, but I’m sure they are very good.

The only thing that lets this place down slightly (and the reason it doesn’t get a 5/5) is the grumpy and slow service.  A smile is all I ask for.

If you, like I, have walked past this place time and again always choosing Black Medicine over Spoon, I say think again.  Try it.  You’ll love it.

And here I something else I found:

Spoon Cafe Bistro on Urbanspoon