November is here and with various festive themed events coming up this month combined with the fact that the Dome is already decked out in its iconic festive finery, we finally feel it's okay to bring up the topic of Christmas! This month sees the arrival of Edinburgh's Christmas Markets, Light Night, Christmas Foodies Festival, and Christmas at the Botanics. However, before we get carried away with festive excitement, there are plenty noteworthy events such as Bonfire Night, St. Andrews Day, and Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds to look forward to in November. Keep scrolling to discover Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: November 2019!
What’s on in Edinburgh this November?
Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this November.
• Bonfire Night | 5th November, Various Locations
• Edinburgh Gaelic Festival | 8th-16th November, Various Locations
• Castle of Light | from 14th November, Edinburgh Castle
• Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds | from 15th November, Edinburgh Zoo
• Edinburgh Christmas | from 16th November, Various Locations
• Beneath the Surface Art Exhibition | from 16th November, City Art Centre
• Leonardo Da Vinci Art Exhibition | from 19th November, Queen’s Gallery
• Christmas Foodies Festival | 22nd,23rd, and 25th November, EICC
• Christmas at the Botanics | from 22nd November, Royal Botanic Gardens
• How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical | from 26th November, Festival Theatre
• St Andrew’s Day | 30th November, Various Locations
Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: November 2019
1. Where to Eat…
Edinburgh is blessed with so many fantastic places to dine out, here are just a few of our recommendations for this month.
Cheese Fest at the Pitt (23rd & 24th November, 125 Pitt Street)
The Pitt is a well-loved street food market which is based in an industrial yard in Leith and is open every weekend. At the end of this month, the Pitt has arranged a cheese-lovers paradise “Cheese Fest” on the 23rd and 24th of November which promises amazing cheesy dishes from the best Scottish street food traders such as cheesy pasta, pizza, steak with blue cheese sauce and plenty of vegan cheeze. There’ll also plenty of drink options as well as live music all weekend long.
Union of Genius (8 Forrest Road)
There’s been a noticeable chill in the air recently, reminding us that winter is well and truly on the way! If you’re out exploring the streets of Edinburgh’s old town and are in need of a bit of warming up, Union of Genius is a lovely spot to stop for lunch. For those of you who haven’t heard of Union of Genius, it’s Scotland’s first soup cafe and makes six different home-made soups daily with matching choices of breads.
Ransacked Black Oven (27-29 Marshall Street)
Tucked away just off Nicholson Street, Ransacked Black Oven is inspired by Persian street food and serves up an eclectic selection of homemade sourdough flat breads served from our wood burning black oven., marinated meats, falafel, salads and more! They also cater for a range of dietary requirements.
2. Must-See Event… Christmas at the Botanics (from 22 November to 29 December)
The hugely popular Christmas at the Botanics will soon return for its third year from 22 November, reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner! For those who haven’t been before, you can expect a twinkling feast for your eyes. From newer additions such as the Laser Garden where light playfully bounces across trees and a Festive Flotilla where hundreds of glowing boats gently bob on the shimmering water to crowd favourites such as the towering Tunnel of Light and the mesmerising Scented Fire Garden, it’s a magical evening for friends and families.
3. Spotlight on… New Town
Edinburgh is a city of contrasts and nowhere is that seen better than in Old and New Town. Where Old Town is known for its charmingly chaotic architecture and narrow, mysterious closes, New Town consists of uniformly elegant Georgian buildings with wide streets. In fact, it’s so grand an example of Georgian town planning that it’s known as the world’s most complete and unspoilt example of Georgian architecture. For this very reason, New Town is a lovely area for a walk and you might even catch the occasional glimpse through the railings into one of its splendid private gardens. As you walk around, don’t forget to visit Princes Street Gardens and if you’re feeling energetic, climb the 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument for a bird’s eye view of the city. There are also two wonderful national galleries to visit nearby, the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery - both are an especially great option if you aren’t blessed with great weather!
For those who enjoy a spot of shopping, Princes Street and George Street are known for their range of high street and high-end boutique stores. However, we would also recommend visiting some of New Town’s wonderful independent stores which dotted around the neighbourhood. Broughton Street is a great place to start as it’s known as a haven for independent shops ranging from Scandi-inspired lifestyle store Lifestory and quirky gift shop Curiouser and Curiouser to Rosevear Tea and Narcissus Flowers.
When it comes time to looking for somewhere to eat, you’ll be spoilt by a wide range of restaurants and cafes. There are a few streets like George Street, Broughton Street, Thistle Street, Rose Street, and Andrews Square, to name a few, which are a hub for various eateries! Click here for a taster of what you can expect.
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.
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!