Last weekend Kyle and I decided to book a long weekend stay in Haymarket, Edinburgh for our 10th Anniversary/Engagement. Hotels in Edinburgh aren't hard to come by and with huge variations in price! We opted for something mid-range as we normally do when visiting the city! Nothing overly luxurious but not entirely basic either! I always make sure to search through a booking website to find the best match/price and compare between hotels/apartments. We stumbled upon a lovely apartment complex that made our stay luxurious with the minimal decor and spacious double bedroom, and not to forget the jet wash shower with the waterfall shower head!! Grosvenor Suites was most definitely one of my best stay's yet and just minutes away from Princess St; making it ideal for midnight cocktails on the town and for grabbing breakfast quickly in the mornings...
Below I will share some of our favourite spots we stumbled across throughout Haymarket/Princess St, over the weekend and why you should make it top priority to check these places out yourself the next time you plan on visiting Edinburgh!
[pipdig_padded_text padding='250']First stop is breakfast after arriving for check in and dropping our bags off in the apartment upon arrival! Breakfast is especially important when visiting the city and walking on your feet for hours on end if like us you love to go sightseeing and exploring the city. We stopped by Cafe Noir, literally a five minute stop down the road from the apartment complex on Grosvenor St. The selection was to my liking with fresh, homemade healthy options from quiche to croissant; they had a brilliant variation of breakfast and brunch/lunch options at amazing prices! It's always hard to find a reasonably priced cafe in the city that sells homecooked goods and a huge selection of gorgeous cakes and tray bakes. We opted for croissants for breakfast and figured this would be a much healthier option than a full English breakfast and much lighter on the stomach for heavy eating later on in the afternoon... [/pipdig_padded_text]
The croissants were stuffed with a wide selection of fillings at the counter and very reasonably priced! I opted for the Cranberry and Brie melt and Kyle went with Brie and Ham; both very delicious! The coffee was also exceptionally good and this is definitely hard to come by if you like your flavour profiles and a good brew! I actually prefer independent cafes when it comes to my coffee compared to bigger brands such as Starbucks and Costa as I find the coffee too sweet from these bigger brands compared to independent cafes that offer a much more truer flavour profile that really brings out the bitters of the bean.
The atmosphere at Noir was bustling but also very laid back and relaxed as the cafe separates into a front seating area beside the counter and then sections off into a back room that's more relaxing and very minimal decor-wise! I really enjoyed my morning breakfast here and will most definitely be back again in the future to try some of the tray bakes on offer. Next up we decided to stop by my favourite place for food and cocktails when visiting the city and that's Element.
Element has a really nice vibe and the staff really go out of there way to make you feel welcome and give you the best possible service whilst enjoying a hearty meal OR sipping cocktails by the bar. The cocktails are brilliant and if it's your first time visiting then I highly recommend the classic Mojito! As for food you have lots of options for light bites by the bar such as homemade fries as pictured covered with a variety of toppings to choose from off the menu! We went with Parmasam Cheese and White Truffle. If you're feeling like something more filling then the menu offers a wide range of homecooked dishes at very reasonable prices; not to mention Sunday Roast Sundays.
If however, you're looking for something a little more up-market per se and EXTRA special then I would highly recommend a visit to The Dome Edinburgh. This is a whole experience in itself and something we absolutely loved whilst celebrating our 10th Anniversary/Engagement and went all out when it came to trying the luxurious Afternoon Tea in The Georgian Tea Room upstairs. The whole experience was fantastic and the food phenomenal! It had to be the best Afternoon Tea experience I've had yet!! The platter was very reasonable in size with a selection of mini cakes and macarons alongside scones with clotted cream and homemade jam. The finger sandwiches were also filled with great flavour combinations and worked beautifully with the rest of the tray bakes.
The very next day we actually decided to book a table at The Dome Grill Room to celebrate together and we weren't wrong when it came to the experience being extra special. The menu was very elaborate and also reasonably priced which was most surprising as the potions where a great size and beautifully presented. We opted for a couple of cocktails to go alongside our main meal and everything down to the decor was perfect! It was very a relaxed atmosphere for a Sunday afternoon and really pleasant to take in the surroundings and enjoy a lovely meal in such a historic place.
If you're planning on visiting Edinburgh this year then make sure to shop around hotels/apartments and stop by these recommendations when it comes to eating out! The Dome makes for a great special occasion experience and definitely has the WOW factor! I can't decide what I enjoyed more! The Afternoon Tea OR the main la Carte Menu...
What're your favourite eating spots in Edinburgh?
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