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Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: September 2019

Photo Credit: Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Photo Credit: Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

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

Photo Credit: Jupiter Artland

Photo Credit: Jupiter Artland

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. 

The Haggis Box

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.

Photo Credit: Noto, Edinburgh

Photo Credit: Noto, Edinburgh

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.

Dean Gardens

Dean Gardens

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.

IJ Mellis & Circus Lane

IJ Mellis & Circus Lane

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!

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Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: August 2019

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August has arrived and that means the biggest art festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is here! With thousands of shows, exhibitions, and performances to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for entertainment during your visit to Edinburgh. As well as the Edinburgh Festival, the city’s reputation as the City of Festivals comes into its own and you can look forward to the Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Foodies Festival, and Edinburgh International Book Festival. If that wasn’t enough the fantastic Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo is back, and the month of August comes to an exciting close with the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert! So, continue scrolling to discover Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: August 2019!

What’s on in Edinburgh this August?

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

Edinburgh Art Festival | throughout August, Various Locations

Edinburgh Festival Fringe | throughout August, Various Locations

Edinburgh International Festival | throughout August, Various Locations

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo | throughout August, Edinburgh Castle

Aberdeen Standard Investments Festival Opening Event | 3rd August, Festival Square

Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens | from 7th August, Princes Street Gardens

Forth On The Fringe | from 9th-10th August, Edinburgh Playhouse

Edinburgh International Book Festival | 10th-26th August, Charlotte Square

Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe | 12th-18th August, Castle Street

Edinburgh TV Festival | 21st – 23rd August, EICC

Virgin Money Festival Fireworks Concert | 26th August, West Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo

Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: August 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.

Edinburgh Foodies Festival (2nd-4th August, Inverleith Park)

Here’s one for the foodies! The popular Edinburgh Foodies Festival is back, where you can watch top chefs cooking live on stage, enjoy live music, try delicious street food from around the world, and much more. The Foodies Festival is on for three days in Inverleith Park, click here for more info.

Festival Pop-ups (Various Locations)

As you walk about the city during August, you’ll notice in certain areas, like George Square and Bristo Square, a small cluster of street food pop-ups have arrived to ensure you don’t go hungry between festival shows. From the Pizza Geeks’ legendary pizzas to the ShrimpWreck’s tasty seafood, there’s plenty to try out!

The Free Company (Cockdurno Farmhouse, Balerno)

Established in 2017, The Free Company are based at Cockdurno Farm and believe in the reinvigoration of forgotten rural communities and spaces. For a few months of the year, the Free Company fling their doors open for their hugely popular seasonal series. Tickets are currently available to their 'Summer Series', where you can expect a four-course meal based on the bounties of the Scottish Summer, using locally grown produce.

Photo Credit: The Free Company

Photo Credit: The Free Company

2. Must-See Event… Edinburgh International book festival (10th-26th august)

Set up in 1983, the Edinburgh International Book Festival started as a relatively small affair and has grown to become one of the key events in August’s festival season. Based in Charlotte Square, the event has over 900 exciting events lined up. Visitors can expect various ‘Meet the Author’ events, the Baillie Gifford Children's Programme, and lively debates. Click here for the full programme.

The Book Festival Village / Photo Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Book Festival Village / Photo Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival

3. Spotlight on… The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2nd-26th August)

Normally, we take a moment to shine a light on one of Edinburgh’s fabulous areas, but with the Festival season upon us, we thought it only right to dedicate this month’s spotlight to the Fringe Festival. In just a few days, the world’s largest arts festival will descend on the Scottish capital, bringing with it a plethora of comedians, actors, and heaps of creativity. There are so many ways to take part, from booking a ticket to see a must-see show or spontaneously attending the Free Fringe, to waking down the Royal Mile and watching various street performers. There isn’t a dull moment during the Festival! However, the sheer scale of events can make it overwhelming for both newcomers and experienced fans. To help you navigate the Fringe Festival, we’ve selected a few must-see shows to give you a taste of what’s on offer.

Family Shows

Comedy Shows

Theatre Shows

Lastly, don’t forget about the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event (3rd August, free) which marks the start of the Edinburgh Festival and the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks Concert which brings the Festival to an exciting close (26th August, from £15).

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!

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