Edinburgh is a City of Literature and along with hosting the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August (the only part of August in Edinburgh that I enjoy)- we also have some great bookshops. My favourites include The Edinburgh Bookshop in Morningside, Till's Bookshop at Causewayside (above), and the Oxfam bookshop on Clerk Street. I'm not picky about my books being brand new, and Edinburgh has some great second hand bookshops. Do yourself a favour and take a walk away from the crowds and revive in one of our bookshops.
Interested in the Edinburgh International Book Festival? check out my Top 10 picks here
Even though Portobello Beach doesn't really compare to the white sandy beaches of Australia, it's still nice to escape the crowds and enjoy a day by the sea. Take the number 26 bus from the city centre and you can be enjoying some fish in chips 20 minutes later.
Back for another year, and one of my favourite pop up markets, Boxsmall is situated on top of Princes Mall in the City Centre. I love browsing the stalls for gifts and Edinburgh related prints and tartans. In addition to the pop up shops, you can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls including the crepes stall which I can highly recommend. A great addition this year is the mini golf area which was great fun even in Edinburgh's horrendous August weather. It's the kind of place I'll be back to all month, and definitely somewhere I'd recommend to visit during August. www.boxsmall.com
From the moment I heard about this pop up shop I was excited. Urban Reivers will be on George Street during August and promises to be a total treasure trove of gifts, gins, perfumes, makeups and pretty much anything else that is cool. Throughout the month they'll be holding events in store so you should check out their website for more details. The store is bliss and very Instagram-friendly.
Edinburgh has some of the most interesting historical areas of any city in the UK- so while you're in town you should discover some of our history. The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District and Edinburgh World Heritage recently teamed up to release a free audio tour of the area which includes stories of Burke & Hare and Half-Hangit Maggie. The tour takes about an hour to complete and you can pick up a map from stores in the Grassmarket and follow the trail to find the 11 audio spots.
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