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Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: June 2019

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As we leave spring behind and enter summer, it’s wonderful to enjoy the longer days and pops of colour as the roses and rhododendrons burst into bloom. It’s a lovely reminder that winter is well and truly behind us - hopefully, the Scottish weather realises that soon too! 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: June 2019!

What’s on in Edinburgh this June?

Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this June. A few highlights to watch out for is the Leith Festival, Jupiter Artland’s reopening, and Edinburgh’s International Film Festival which brings the month of June to a close.

Jupiter Artland Reopens | from 18th May

Leith Festival | 8th-16th June, Various Locations

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex | from 14th June, Holyrood Palace

West End Classic Vehicle Show | 15th June, Edinburgh’s West End

Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race | 15th June, Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge

Film Fest in the City | 14th-16th June, St Andrews Square

The Stockbridge Summer Solstice | 23rd June, Stockbridge

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland | 26th June, National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh International Film Festival | 19th-30th June, Various Locations

Photo Credit: West End Classic Vehicle Show

Photo Credit: West End Classic Vehicle Show

Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: June 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.

  • Tupiniquim (Green Police Box, Lauriston Place)

    With summer almost here, it’s the perfect time to make the most of the (hopefully) fairer and warmer weather by enjoying a Brazilian crepe at Tupiniquim. Grab one of their sweet or savoury (gluten-free) crepes, then head to the Meadows to enjoy it.

  • El Cartel (64 Thistle Street)

    Serving up authentic homemade Mexican street food, El Cartel has made quite the name for themselves in Edinburgh. Their original Thistle Street restaurant received so many glowing reviews that they have now opened a second branch at 15-16 Teviot Place.

  • Smith & Gertrude (26 Hamilton Place)

    Tucked away down Hamilton Place in Stockbridge, Smith & Gertrude is a delightful wine and cheese bar. They’ve won over the hearts of locals by offering a great wine selection, various cheeses and nibbles, in an extremely laid-back and cosy atmosphere.

Photo Credit: Smith & Gertrude

Photo Credit: Smith & Gertrude

2. Must-See Event… Film Fest in the City

It’s back! The much loved outdoor cinema, Film Fest in the City, will return to St Andrews Square from the 14th-16th June. This year, the three-day free event will show classics like When Harry Met Sally, feel-good musicals like Mama Mia, and more recent sensations like The Greatest Showman. There’s something for everyone and perhaps it’s a perfect activity for Father’s Day! Click here to check out the programme.

Photo Credit: Essential Edinburgh

Photo Credit: Essential Edinburgh

3. Spotlight on… Edinburgh’s West End

Edinburgh is not just one uniform city. The city is made up of various village-like areas, each with their own unique identity, which are often overlooked. This month, we wanted to shine a light on the West End. There’s a wealth of fabulous places to eat dotted along bustling Queensferry Street. To name a few, @pizza prides themselves on delicious 90-second customisable pizzas, Vesta is a lovely restaurant linked to the brilliant social enterprise Social Bite, and Forage & Chatter largely use ingredients they have foraged themselves! Also, don’t miss out on the utterly charming and quaint William Street, home to an excellent selection of independent stores and cafes. A few to look out for are Strumpets cafe, Frontiers Woman & Man, and The Voyage of Buck. The jewel in the area’s crown has to be the ever-so-picturesque Dean Village - don’t forget to bring your phone or a camera to capture its beauty!

(Don’t have enough time to explore the West End? Join our two or three hour private tour of Edinburgh, where we’ll show you the stunning Dean Village.)

Dean Village

Dean Village

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: March & April 2019

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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

The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry (Photo Credit: Royal Botanic Garden)

The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry (Photo Credit: Royal Botanic Garden)

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!

Photo Credit: Fraser Suites

Photo Credit: Fraser Suites

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!

Photo Credit: The Restoration Yard

Photo Credit: The Restoration Yard

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.

Photo Credit: Edinburgh International Science Festival

Photo Credit: Edinburgh International Science Festival

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.

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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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