The arrival of September means the fun and mayhem of August is over for another year. Whether you’re sighing with relief or missing the buzz, Edinburgh never fails to deliver and there are still plenty of things to look forward to in the month of September. If you’re in Edinburgh on the 15th September, don’t forget to head to the Royal Mile to experience the Riding of the Marches. The Colony of Artists will also return this month with a whopping 66 artists taking part in 40 venues in Abbeyhill. Lastly, finish the month with a peek behind doors which are normally closed to the public during Doors Open Days! Keep scrolling to discover Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: September 2019!
What’s on in Edinburgh this September?
Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this September.
• Castle Street Autumn Fair | 2nd-8th September, Castle Street
• Sing-A-Long The Greatest Showman | 6th September, Edinburgh Playhouse
• Jupiter at Dusk | 12th September, Jupiter Artland
• Ocean Film Festival | 14th September, Festival Theatre
• Collective Play | 14th-16th September, Calton Hill
• Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival | 14th September, St Cecilia's Hall
• Edinburgh Riding of the Marches | 15th September, Royal Mile
• Colony of Artists | 21st-22nd September, Abbeyhill Colonies
• Doors Open Days | 28th-29th September, Various Locations
Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: September 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.
Victor Hugo Delicatessen (104 George Street)
Many Edinburgh locals will be familiar with the Marchmont institution Victor Hugo Deli. After 50 years, Victor Hugo Deli has expanded to Edinburgh’s New Town but is still serving up their French café classics and brewing their own speciality roast. A great place to nip into for a coffee or lunch.
Noto (47a Thistle Street)
Noto is the latest addition to Edinburgh’s thriving foodie scene. The restaurant is the second venture of the award-winning chef behind the popular restaurant Aizle. Noto is inspired by chef-owner, Stuart’s, time working in New York and has a focus on Asian cuisine with local Scottish produce at its heart.
If you’re visiting Scotland for the first time, you’ll most likely be eager and intrigued to try haggis! If you’re looking for a restaurant, Howies is a great, central location to try haggis but if you’re out exploring the city and in need of a quick bite, head to the Haggis Box. The takeaway offers classic haggis (as well as veggie alternatives), neeps and tatties. For most of the year, you’ll find the Haggis Box at the police box at the bottom of Victoria Street, however, for the summer months they’ve popped up at the Old Tolbooth Market (179A Canongate). We’d recommend checking their Facebook page to keep up to date.
2. Must-See Event… Doors Open Days (28th-29th September)
Doors Open Days is back! For those of you who haven’t heard of Doors Open Days, it’s Scotland’s largest free festival which celebrates heritage and the built environment. In other words, it allows the public a chance to peek inside over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, many of which remain closed to the public for the rest of the year. There are plenty of participating Edinburgh venues to choose from but be quick as all the venues are free, yet some are ticketed (with limited numbers). We’ve chosen a few of our top picks to share with you, including the Burns Monument, Princess Street Gardens Gardeners’ Cottage, Dean Private Gardens, Drumsheugh Baths Club, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and John Knox House.
3. Spotlight on… Stockbridge
Stockbridge is a firm favourite amongst many locals and visitors. The village-like neighbourhood is only a short walk from Princess Street yet has managed to foster many endearing qualities reminiscent of a countryside village. From local speciality stores such as a fishmonger, cheesemonger, and florists, to community events such as the Stockbridge weekly market and the annual Stockbridge Duck Race, Stockbridge has a wonderful community spirit.
Where to shop
One of the first streets you’ll come across when walking from Princess Street to Stockbridge is St Stephen Street. This unsuspecting street is a haven for independent stores and the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to treat yourself or in search of a present. Be sure to check out Golden Hare Books, The Method, and Space at Seventeen (a brilliant pop-up space). Next, Raeburn Place is Stockbridge’s main street, and you’ll find a wonderful range of stores, from foodie favourites like IJ Mellis the Cheesemonger and Herbie of Edinburgh to unique gift shops like Caoba and An Independent Zebra. Not to mention numerous charity shops, if you enjoy second-hand shopping.
Where to eat
When we say you’ll be spoilt for choice in Stockbridge, we’re not exaggerating. The neighbourhood is bursting full of excellent places to enjoy coffee, lunch, or dinner. To name a few, Smith & Gertrude are famed for their wines, cheeses and charcuteries; Cowan & Sons is a popular spot to enjoy a casual lunch; Nok’s Kitchen has glowing reviews for their Thai food; and the Scran and Scallie is the popular venture by Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin. For those with a sweet tooth, head to the Pastry Section, La Barantine, or Soderberg.
What to do
One of the loveliest things you can do in Stockbridge is to simply explore it on foot. As well as streets lined with elegant Georgian homes and the extremely picturesque Circus Lane, the Water of Leith also flows through the charming neighbourhood and makes for a lovely walk along to either Dean Village or Canonmills and the Royal Botanic Gardens. As previously mentioned, the Stockbridge Market is popular amongst locals and is well-worth a visit if you happen to be in Stockbridge on a Sunday.
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!