October has arrived and with it comes a noticeable chill in the air and the fiery colours of autumn, not to mention a month of drinks festivals and great shows here in Edinburgh! From Edinburgh Cocktail Week and Oktoberfest to Licence to Thrill: The Music of Bond and the King and I, there’s plenty on for both theatre-goers and foodies alike. The month is then brought to a dramatic close by the annual Samhuinn Fire Festival signalling that winter is truly on its way. Keep scrolling to discover Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: October 2019!
What’s on in Edinburgh this October?
Before we delve into our top tips for the month, let’s have a look at what is taking place in Edinburgh this October.
• Burke & Hare: The Business of Murder | throughout October, The Edinburgh Dungeons
• The Luxury of Time | from 4th October, National Museum of Scotland
• Vivaldi – The Four Seasons by Candlelight | 11th October, St Giles’ Cathedral
• Edinburgh Cocktail Week | 14th-20th October, Various Locations
• The King and I | 17th-26th October, Edinburgh Playhouse
• Scottish International Storytelling Festival | 18th-31st October, Various Locations
• Licence to Thrill: The Music of Bond | 19th October, Usher Hall
• Edinburgh Short Film Festival | from 24th October, The Filmhouse
• National Gallery Highlights Tour | 26th October, Scottish National Gallery
• Oktoberfest | from 30th October, West Princes Street Gardens
• Samhuinn Fire Festival | 31st October, Calton Hill
Mini Mack’s Edinburgh Top Tips: October 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.
Roseleaf Bar (23-24 Sandport Place)
You’ll find the Roseleaf Bar hidden away near the Shore in Leith. From its exterior, the Roseleaf looks like a well-maintained traditional pub but as soon as you walk through its doors you’ll get a sense of its quirky character. From its National Geographic menus and quirky decor to its unique offerings such as Pot-Tails (cocktails in teapots), the Roseleaf goes above and beyond simply offering delicious food and drink but a truly unique experience.
In fact, if you join us on one of our Edinburgh tours we’ll treat you to lunch at the Roseleaf Bar.
Timberyard (10 Lady Lawson Street)
Over the years, the family-run business Timberyard has become extremely popular among locals. The restaurant believes in using ingredients supplied by small local suppliers, and as a result, their food is of great quality. Another reason why it’s so charming is the fact that it’s located in an authentic brick warehouse which has been thoughtfully and stylishly renovated creating a beautiful space to enjoy your meal.
Forage & Chatter (1A Alva Street)
Tucked away in Edinburgh's West End, Forage & Chatter specialises in locally sourced Scottish cuisine. As their name suggests, the restaurant uses locally foraged items from Edinburgh as well as local meats and fish to create delicious dishes.
2. Must-See Event… Edinburgh Cocktail Week (14th-20th October)
Edinburgh’s hugely popular Cocktail Week is set to return to Festival Square with several new additions such as an enchanted Cocktail Forest themed extension, 19 pop-up bars, live music and a cosy covered outdoor street food area! If that wasn’t exciting enough, the Edinburgh Cocktail Week has expanded to include a second pop-up in the form of ‘Cocktail Domes’ which will sit on the rooftop garden of The Glasshouse Hotel boasting fantastic views of Calton Hill!
3. Spotlight on… Bruntsfield
Edinburgh is far from being one uniform city, and Bruntsfield is just another one of the city’s unique areas. The village-like neighbourhood is only a short walk from the city centre yet it’s often overlooked by visitors, which means you’ll have the opportunity to experience the village-style suburb as a local. As you enter Bruntsfield you’ll be greeted by a large open stretch of grass known as Bruntsfield Links which is popular with families, dog walkers, and the occasional golfer putting away on the short-hole free public golf course.
Where to shop
One of the great things about shopping in Bruntsfield is most of the shops are concentrated on its high street allowing you to easily pop in and out of shops - especially convenient if the weather isn’t great! For those of you looking to pick up a souvenir or gift, there are several wonderful options like Curiouser, Halibut & Herring, and Rosevear Tea. For the book lovers, we recommend heading along to The Edinburgh Bookshop, who was crowned the Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year 2014! If you’re looking to pick up a new outfit, there are several options such as Biscuit Clothing and C'est Si Bon.
Where to eat
Bruntsfield is blessed with a terrific selection of great eateries, artisan coffee shops, cocktail bars, and traditional pubs, so no matter what time of day you visit you’ll be well taken care of. If you’re starting your day off in Bruntsfield, head along to Artisan Roast (who roast their coffee twice a week in Edinburgh) or Project Coffee for a dose of caffeine. Then why not nip into La Barantine for indulgent breakfast pastry. As for lunch and dinner, you’ll be spoilt rotten for choice as the neighbourhood is famed for its foodie scene. Local favourites include Chophouse, Montpeliers, and Three Birds.
What to do
Bruntsfield is by no means the largest village-size neighbourhood in Edinburgh however it’s still a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon. Once you’ve finished browsing through its independent stores and enjoying what local eateries have to offer, we’d recommend heading along to the aforementioned Bruntsfield links, a wonderful patch of greenery with views of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat in the distance, for a stroll and perhaps even a game of short-hole golf?
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!