Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

Having been shortlisted for Museum of the Year 2016, this spectacular sculpture park is finally getting all the love it deserves with visitors up by 47%. Make sure you’re among them. From enormous landforms by Charles Jencks to Laura Fords’ eerie Weeping Girls, all artwork has been specially created to interact with its surroundings ‒ making this a museum experience like no other.

jupiterartland.org
The Royal Mile Hotel

The Royal Mile Hotel

If Edinburgh were a colour, it would be grey ‒ which makes the techno-bright interiors of this five-star hotel all the more startling. Each of its designer suites has been decorated by a local Scottish artist, resulting in a kaleidoscope of colour, print and character. If that wasn’t enough, each room also boasts fantastic views over the city. And, this is all before we mention that dogs are welcome…

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Norn

Norn

Taking its name from the ancient Scottish language, Norn ‒ the latest addition to Edinburgh’s culinary quarter ‒ promises to honour the country’s food heritage. It does just that and then some, thanks to an exceptional, ever-evolving menu. Want to know more? The chefs deliver the dishes themselves, so all you need to do is ask ‒ if you’re not too busy devouring what’s in front of you, that is…

nornrestaurant.com
Brew Lab

Brew Lab

Google Maps at the ready: this independent coffee shop ‒ hidden away off Queensferry Street Lane ‒ may be tricky to find, but boy is it worth it. Housed in a converted garage (that’s now all clean lines and strip lights), it specialises in single-origin filter, espresso and cold brew coffees: all meticulously made and guaranteed to set you up for a long, hard day of Fringe-ing.

brewlabcoffee.co.uk
Lovecrumbs

Lovecrumbs

From violet and rhubarb to pumpkin and caramel, Lovecrumbs have been creating every flavour of cake you could dream of since 2012. Now, this cool cake shop is mixing things up outside of the kitchen too, by offering (shock, horror!) not just cake ‒ but other delicious things like pastries and sodas in collaboration with like-minded local companies. We’re still mostly just interested in the cake, though.

lovecrumbs.co.uk
National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

To celebrate its 150th birthday, this Scottish institution has had a bit of work done. We say a bit, but it’s actually to the tune of £14.1 million ‒ with 10 new galleries dedicated to art, science and technology. Our favourite? The Fashion and Style wing (of course), which displays significant pieces by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and former Jaeger designer, Jean Muir.

nms.ac.uk
Salt Horse

Salt Horse

One thing you can say about the Scots: they know their drink. And nowhere does drink quite like this new bar and bottle shop in the historic Old Town. There are pales and pilsners, bitters and blondes, sours and saisons ‒ the list goes on. Opt for a takeaway from the fridge or take a seat in the beer garden out the back ‒ a rare find in this city ‒ and sample one (or several) of the craft beers on tap.

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