I love the Edinburgh Festival. In the past two weeks I’ve seen more than 10 shows, laughed countless times and spotted more celebs than I care to remember. Even the most hardened of festival goers need to get away from it once in a while, so here are five of my favourite places in Edinburgh to escape to when it’s all getting a bit too much
1. Cuckoo’s Bakery has the best cupcakes in town and that’s a fact. Located on the bottom of Dundas Street, it’s far enough away from all of the festival goings-on to be considered a haven, but close enough to town that you if you’re feeling restored after tea and cake, you can quickly get back in on the action.
2. For an afternoon of calm, head to the Botanic Gardens. Take a book, grab a coffee on your way and relish the concept of a flier free zone. This is definitely one of my favourite spots in the city.
3. If you like your pubs, The Orchard is a great place to hide from the world for a while. The food on offer at The Orchard is also really good and you’ll get to enjoy it without the inevitable battle for a table anywhere close to the major festival venues.
4. Jump on the Water of Leith walkway at Stockbridge and head to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art at Ravelston. A serene and calm environment away from it all, you can still get culture but without the crowds.
5. The Bon Vivant in Stockbridge is the perfect place to grab a glass of wine or a cocktail in quiet surroundings. I would also recommend getting a few of their bites – the haggis bon bons are so tasty!
Where do you go to escape from it all during the Edinburgh Festival?