Hello and welcome to the first post in my new series. In this travel series I plan on getting a list of Hidden Gems in as many places as possible. By Hidden Gems, I am referring to less popular places and activities that are worth exploring when you are visiting. These could be local bars, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, parks and whatever else. The first in this series is written by the wonderful Catriona from worldwidefootprintsblog. Read on to find out what all the Hidden Gems of Edinburgh are…

Hi! For those of you who don’t know me I am a full time student and part-time travel blogger from Edinburgh.

I just want to thank Connie for inviting me to join her guest blog post series! In this post, as the title suggests, I’ll let you in on some of my favourite ‘off the beaten path’ spots in Edinburgh. 

Tani Modi

One word BRUNCH. 

I just recently stumbled across this adorable place hidden on Hannover Street! The cafe itself is much bigger than you think and it’s extremely affordable! Order the American style maple syrup and bacon pancake stack as they are the best pancakes I’ve had in Edinburgh!

And no…I did not have an espresso martini for brunch but a fancy looking ice coffee instead!

Ting Thai Caravan

Do I need to say anymore…just look at this Thai food! This quirky restaurant is very popular with students as it is located just opposite Edinburgh University. You cannot book this restaurant in advance so if you want to be sure of a table try come in between lunch and dinner! This place is also great if you are on a budget, most dishes are under 10 pounds!


Top tip – bring cash as this restaurant doesn’t have a card machine!!


I have been living in Edinburgh for almost 4 years now and have also only recently discovered this gem! Just below George Street you will find this beautiful bar that is perfect for date night or chilling with friends.

Stockbridge Market

Looking for a local experience on your Sunday in Edinburgh? Head to Stockbridge Market for the ultimate street food experience!


It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Fingal, which is a new boutique  hotel in Leith that I am delighted to work on! Most people in Edinburgh do not know yet that non-guests can make a booking to enjoy the unique experience of our Lighthouse Bar. Our bar offers Afternoon Tea, Evening Supper and amazing cocktails!


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I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post as much I have enjoyed writing it.

If you would like to read more from Catriona then feel free to head over to her blog at worldwidefootprintsblog. Or if you would like to follow her on social media then check out her twitter here. and her Instagram here.

Do you want to write all about the Hidden Gems in your hometown? Feel free to contact me at contact@earthtoconnie.com 



  1. I’m going to Edinburgh for the first time next week so this blog is just perfect timing 😃 Will definitely research some of these places.

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