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We can hardly believe that we’re halfway through 2019 and before we know it the Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival will be upon us! But, before we get carried away, there are so many fun events to look forward to in July such as the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Luna Outdoor Kids Cinema, and the Edinburgh Food Festival. Moreover, the Edinburgh Art Festival is back and is sure to bring July to an exciting close. So, continue scrolling to discover Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: July 2019!

What’s on in Edinburgh this July?

Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this July.

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage | throughout July, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exhibition | throughout July, Holyrood Palace

Edinburgh Summer Fiesta | from 5th-7th July, Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh Climate Festival 2019 | from 6th July, The Meadows

Ross Fountain Celebrations | from 9th July, West Princes Street Gardens

Luna Outdoor Kids Cinema | from 10th-14th July, The Meadows

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival | 12th-21st July, Various Locations

The Festival Carnival Parade | 14th July, Princess Street Gardens

Edinburgh Food Festival | from 19th-28th July, George Square

Edinburgh Art Festival | from 25th July, Various Locations

Photo Credit: Darcie Tanner

Photo Credit: Darcie Tanner

Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: July 2019

Edinburgh is blessed with so many fantastic places to dine out, here are just a few of our recommendations for this month.

Bross Bagels (186 High Street, Portobello; 105 Leith Walk; 19 Queensferry Street)

In 2017, Edinburgh’s first traditional bagel cafe opened its doors in Portobello and quickly won over the hearts of locals. Two years down the line and the Montreal-style bagel café has opened a further two shops in the city, making it easier to indulge in their famous bagels no matter where you are. Keep an eye out for their location-specific bagels like the ‘Porty’, Leither’, and the ‘Westie’ bagels.

The Ox (49-51 London Street)

Looking for somewhere to enjoy Sunday roast with all the trimmings? The Ox at the bottom of Broughton Street is the place to head. As well as a fantastic Sunday roast, the cosy gastropub also serves up dishes like seatrout, roast BBQ glazed pork belly, and 6oz Handmade “The Ox” Burger or "The Ox" Veggie Burger (two for £15 on Tuesdays!).  

Locanda de Gusti (102 Dalry Road)

Arguably one of Edinburgh’s best Italian restaurants, Locanda de Gusti is a local favourite. A short walk from Haymarket will bring you to this little pocket of Naples. The restaurant has found a winning combination by using artisan products from Italy and the best of Scottish meat, fish and seafood.

Photo Credit: Bross Bagel

Photo Credit: Bross Bagel

2. Must-See Event… Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (12th-21st July)

Set up in 1978, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival plays host to the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned Jazz fan or just dipping your toe into the genre, there’s something for everyone. Click here for the full programme.

Also, don’t forget to look out for the free open-air Mardi Gras (13th July) and Edinburgh Festival Carnival (14th July) events.

Photo Credit: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Photo Credit: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

3. Spotlight on… Leith Walk and the Shore

Edinburgh is far from being one uniform city, and Leith is just another one of the city’s unique village-like areas. There’s a wealth of fabulous places to eat dotted along Leith Walk. To name a few, Twelve Triangles specialises in sourdough bread, pastries, and doughnuts; Embo Deli is a lovely café serving up Scottish and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and The Walnut is a local favourite British bistro serving up the best Scottish and British! Book lovers will also have a field day exploring Scotland’s oldest second-hand and antiquarian bookshop, McNaughtan's; the ever-so-quirky Typewronger Books who also sells vintage typewriters; and the Leith institution Elvis Shakespeare. Also, don’t miss out on Leith’s fun mural walk, which guides you around various wonderful street art. Click here to check out the mural map. A short walk from Leith Walk will bring you to the Shore – one of the most photogenic areas of Leith. The banks of the Shore are lined with a range of places to eat, from Martin Wishart’s Michelin Star restaurant to local favourites such as the Roseleaf Bar and Mimi’s Bakehouse.

(Don’t have enough time to explore Leith? Join our two- or three-hour private tour of Edinburgh, where we’ll show you the stunning Shore and visit the Roseleaf bar and restaurant.)

Location: The Shore

Location: The Shore

Location: The Leith Aquatic Mural, 2013 - Halmyre Street

Location: The Leith Aquatic Mural, 2013 - Halmyre Street

It sounds like it’s going to be quite a month! If you’d like to discover Edinburgh with our local lads, Rowan & Andy, we have a range of fantastic private mini car tours.

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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!

Click here to find out more - we can’t wait to meet you!