Since we bought a house this year, a holiday abroad is off the cards. Instead, I’m holidaying in my own city; trying new places to eat, going to parts of town I don’t usually frequent, and wandering down alleyways and closes, all with the intent of getting lost and finding something new.

When the lovely people at Aperol Spritz – one of my favourite drinks – got in touch and asked me about some of the best things about living in Edinburgh, I could have rattled a hundred things off without even thinking. But, last week, instead of relying on my old faithful haunts, I sought out new places to enjoy a Spritz, some food and to watch the sun set over my beautiful city.

Spritz 1

I’m sure you all know that Edinburgh isn’t renowned for its weather, but last week we had a few blissfully sunny days. With sundress on and sunglasses in hand, Rob and I headed to an Italian eaterie on the south side of Edinburgh, Osteria del Tempo Perso. We sat outside, had a Spritz (ok, maybe two) in the sun and devoured the most delicious sharing platter, composed of a selection of meats and cheeses (Rob didn’t stand a chance once I’d clocked that Parma ham), bruschetta, arancini and melanzane parmigiana. It was so tasty and the perfect accompaniment to our drinks.

Antipasti 1

Antipasti 2

Antipasti 3

From there, we walked up to the top of the Braid Hills to watch the sun set. You get the most beautiful views from this vantage point, of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and right across to the Kingdom of Fife. It’s a quieter spot to watch the sun set than Calton Hill, which made the experience all the better.

sunset 2

After we watched the sun set, we wandered back down to Bruntsfield, stopping at Luca’s Ice Cream on the way for some Nutella ice cream. It rounded the night off perfectly.

When it comes to your city, where would you suggest to have a Spritz, some food and watch the sun set? I’d love to hear about them.


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  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    The food and the views look amazing! There’s nothing like rediscovering your own city again, sometimes it’s really fun!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re right Winnie! Sometimes I’m so preoccupied with getting away; it’s nice to just stay put x

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    Your time at Osteria del Tempo Perso looked amazing Chiara! Such beautiful food. I’m so glad you had such a lovely time! The nutella ice cream sounds amazing too! x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Harriet! It was a great night, with the Nutella ice cream finishing it off just nicely :-)

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Sounds perfect. Nutella ice cream must be delicious, I would love to try it. x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Anca! Nutella ice cream is truly delicious. I must learn to make it myself :-)

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    At least Edinburgh’s not Glasgow weather-wise, haha. And it definitely has amazing food. Your sharing platter looks amazingly tasty. You’ve given me more places to go next time I visit!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right Gianni, Edinburgh does get it that little bit better than Glasgow. The platter was really good, I’m looking forward to going back and having it again x

  • http://www.mintnotion.com/ Eden @ Mint Notion

    Wow, looks like the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and the food looks delicious! Have a great day :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Eden! It was a really loving evening and the amazing weather made it all the better x

  • http://cavaforlunch.com Christina – Cavaforlunch.com

    Oh this sounds absolutely wonderful! I did my undergrad in Italy, so it’s pretty safe to say that I LOVE a good spritz! xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Nice one Christina, a fellow fan of the Spritz! I also really love Campari soda, that’s so refreshing x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    I can’t even imagine how beautiful a sunny day in Edinburgh must be! The food looks really really good.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It was really good Holly, thanks! Yeah, sunny days in Edinburgh are rare, but when they do happen everyone really does make the most of them :-)

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    The last time I had aperol spritz was a few weeks ago dining al fresco in Geneva – bliss!! Your day in Edinburgh sounds wonderful :) xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      A Spritz in Geneva definitely beats my spritz adventure on Edinburgh :-) I bet it must have been lovely, I’d love to go to Geneva one day x

  • sileas

    Sounds like the right way to do a staycation! The platter looks delicious, just like in Italy ;) Glad you got to enjoy some sunny days in Edinburgh!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      We got a few sunny days this year Sileas, better than some years where we get hardly any. I hope you’re doing well :-)