The first months of spring are officially here and it’s wonderful to see the days getting longer and pops of colour emerging as the crocuses and daffodils start to bloom. It’s a lovely reminder that winter will soon be behind us! There are several wonderful events taking place in Edinburgh this month, so continue scrolling to discover what’s on and Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: March & April 2019!
What’s on in Edinburgh this March & April?
Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this March and April. A few highlights include Edinburgh’s West End Gin Festival, The Goonies Film with Live Orchestra, Edinburgh International Science Festival, and the Beltane Fire Festival which will bring the month of April to an exciting close.
• Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland | from 15th March, Various Locations
• The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry | from 16th March, Royal Botanic Gardens
• Edinburgh's West End Gin Festival | 22nd -31st March, Edinburgh’s West End
• Broughton Street Celebration | 30th-31st March, Shops Along Broughton Street
• Matilda the Musical | 2nd-27th April, Edinburgh Playhouse
• An Evening with the Hairy Bikers | 5th April, Queens Hall
• Edinburgh International Science Festival | 6th–21st April, Various Locations
• The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long | 17th April, Festival Theatre
• The Goonies Film with Live Orchestra | 27th April, Usher Hall
• Beltane Fire Festival | 30th April
• Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi | until 2nd June, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: March & April 2019
1. Where to Eat
Edinburgh is blessed with so many fantastic places to dine out. From cafes serving up fresh Scottish produce to brilliant Gastropubs to fine dining, there’s something for everyone! If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are a few of our current favourites.
The Walnut (9 Croall Place)
Located on Leith Walk, the Walnut may be small in size, but it has garnered quite a big name for itself in the Edinburgh food community. The homely British bistro serves up the best Scottish and British produce at affordable prices!
Dishoom (3a St Andrews Square)
Dishoom’s first Scottish branch caused quite a stir in the Capital when it arrived in town and we can see why! The restaurant pays homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay and offers authentic, moreish Indian dishes.
Stocks (24-26 St Giles Street)
Situated just off Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, Stocks specialises in amazing seafood and steak dishes. They pride themselves on serving the best of Scottish produce, sourced from artisan suppliers and producers across the country!
MILK at The Fruitmarket Gallery (45 Market Street)
Despite its central location, the Fruitmarket Gallery’s café is still quite a hidden gem. It’s a lovely spot to enjoy brunch, lunch, or even just a coffee. The great thing is if you’re looking for vegan and gluten-free options there are plenty!
2. Where to go this Spring
As spring arrives, there’s no lovelier place to be than the Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens reawaken after winter with their annual Snowdrop Festival, soon followed by an explosion of flowers of all colours and sizes, including rhododendrons, crocuses, and daffodils. Due to the size of the gardens, it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon wandering about the grounds and if the weather suddenly changes, there’s the option to visit their beautiful glasshouses, one of their cafes, or Inverleith House. Speaking of Inverleith House, their new exhibition “The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry” featuring the selected finalists of the biggest international award for tapestry has just opened.
3. Treat your Mum
Before we continue, we just have to give a shout out to all the fantastic mums out there! If you’re looking to treat your mother but you’re stuck for an idea, we’ve come up with a few to help you out. There are various events around Edinburgh such as Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Stables at Prestonfield which will be transformed into a magical Spring Garden, The Restoration Yard’s Mother’s Day Spring Wreath Making Workshop or Edinburgh’s West End Gin Festival.
If you’re looking for gift ideas, why not take a stroll along St Stephen Street or Broughton Street, both streets are a haven for independent shops and you can find everything from bookshops to tea shops to lifestyle shops!
4. A Must-Visit Event
Edinburgh’s annual International Science Festival is back from the 6th–21st April with a fantastic programme aimed at all ages! This year’s theme “Frontiers” is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings and takes place in various locations all over the city. If you’re in Edinburgh with your little ones don’t forget to bring them along to the City Art Centre for five floors of fun, hands-on science (a day pass allows access to all the events in the building). Another highlight, is the hugely popular GastroFest, a mini-festival of the science of food and drink, with events ranging from Cheeseology to Spice of Life!
Even if you don’t have time to visit a specific venue or event, you’re sure to spot dazzling science demonstrations as you walk around the city as their “Street Science” team pop-up around the city.
5. Where to find Edinburgh’s Best Easter Eggs
Chocolate lovers rejoice! There are so many great places to find artisan chocolate in Edinburgh and with Easter quickly approaching, Easter Eggs will soon be appearing on shelves across the city. A few places you’ll find handmade, beautiful Easter Eggs in Edinburgh include Edward & Irwyn, the Pastry Section, Coco Chocolatier, Mary’s Milk Bar, and The Chocolate Tree!
Photo Credit: 1. Edward & Irwyn 2. The Pastry Section 3. Coco Chocolatier
It sounds like it’s going to be quite a start to spring! If you’d like to discover Edinburgh with our local lads, Rowan & Andy, we have a range of fantastic private mini car tours.
Mini Mack tours offer a range of private Mini car tours in and around the heart of Edinburgh. It’s a great way to pack a lot into one day and see sights that most visitors (and even locals) have never seen. From private city tours to Whisky n’ Cheese tours to a day trip to St Andrews, there’s something for everyone!