Trendy, sleek, brand spanking new, and great coffee. Baba Budan (or as my bf and I like to call it Buda-Bing Buda-Boom) is part of the revival of The Arches just off Market Street. What first caught my eye was the tantalising and oh-so yummy donuts in their window, and it turns out that they do great coffee and bagels as well. They have a loyalty card, so once you've bought 8 coffees or donuts you get one free.... #winninginlife.
Newly opened on South Bridge, BRGR serves burgers (as if you couldn't guess from the name). The atmosphere inside is very studenty and is kind of a step up from a fast food joint but not quite a proper restaurant. I suppose it has a 'diner' feel to it. The burgers are served quickly wrapped in tin foil and the prices are pretty decent too (£4 burgers Monday to Friday, £5 on weekends). Worth a try if you're hankering for a tasty burger but don't want to pay the £12 and upwards that restaurants pitch them at.
Having walked right past this restaurant on Forrest Road many times without actually noticing it, we decided it was time we gave it a try. Pitched as Nepalese Indian food, the atmosphere inside is perfect for a quiet lunch or dinner. I loved the décor and the beautiful paintings of Nepalese landscapes on the walls. The food was piping hot and absolutely delicious.
A perfect addition to my little black book of places with decent coffee is The Milkman on Cockburn Street. Its interior style reminded me of a Scandinavian ski lodge- it feels like all it needs is a roaring fire and snow outside and it would be perfect. The staff are really cheery and the coffee and cake is decent too.
Right, I have no idea how long this has been a thing, but did you know they have a market in the Tron church on the corner of the Royal Mile and North Bridge?! I went in for a meander to get out of the rain the other day and was pleasantly surprised. First of all, the interior is a real stunner, and second of all they had some really great stalls in there selling paintings, art, jewellery, t-shirts and other random things that would make perfect gifts or mementos from a trip to Scotland. They also have a small café where you can get tea/coffee and a snack. It's worth a look.
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