Scotland: Mary’s Milk Bar, Edinburgh

Scotland is known for many things – whisky, haggis, bagpipes. Ice cream has never exactly made the list, and given the overcast weather here I don’t blame them. But Mary’s Milk Bar changes all of that. Mary’s Milk Bar is a cosy little vintage space on the Grassmarket that serves up gelato and chocolate made every morning by Mary herself.…
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Scotland: Narcissus, Edinburgh

Today I was helping my friend move into a new flat, and at the end of her street we discovered a little florist that was just too adorable not to share! Narcissus is located at the north-end of New Town, surrounded by cute cafes. You can buy any of the potted and pre-arranged bouquets outside, or step in and work…
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Scotland: Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court, Edinburgh

When the winds are blowing and the rain is pouring, there’s only one place to take shelter: the Palm Court at the Balmoral. Waking up on one such dreich day, my friend immediately agreed to scratch our previous plans and book a table. As we entered in from the storm outside, we were immediately greeted into a calm oasis. Time seems to…
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Scotland: SOUTHPOUR, Edinburgh

I’ve been treated to an exceptional number of bright, sunny days during my visit to Scotland. On one such of these days, I met up with an old friend from university for a hike up Arthur’s Seat. About two minutes in, we realised we were in desperate need of caffeine, so we popped into the closest place we saw. Walking…
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Scotland: Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Coming back to Edinburgh, one of my happiest surprises was discovering Checkpoint. As a student, I’d walk by the old, abandoned building every day on the way to class. Now, it’s been totally refurbished with a unique decor that serves as a cafe and lunch spot during the day and transforms into a swanky restaurant & bar at night. My friend and…
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