Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Sunday giving you the perfect excuse to make a weekend of it! Edinburgh might not be known as the ‘city of love’, but no-one can deny it’s romantic. Beautiful whimsical architecture, a plethora of cosy bars and swish restaurants, and enough entertainment to amuse even the most restless of visitors, the capital city makes for the perfect stress-free getaway. To make it even easier, allow us to create your ultimate Valentine’s itinerary for a positively dreamy mini-break.
Below are a few of our suggestions of what we recommend you do in the city.
Start the day’s activities with a chilled out stroll around Bruntsfield, browsing the many boutiques and quirky shops. Pick up some home décor goodies, handmade jewellery and delicious chocolate, before heading back down to Lovecrumbs café for some much needed refreshment. This cosy café nestled in the old town is always bustling and a great place to shelter from the February cold. Their amazing homemade cakes will have you revitalised and ready to go again in no time. Cakes change daily but we would recommend trying the Lavender Chocolate Tart and the Pistachio Cake if you can!
In the afternoon, head back into town for your Style Concierge appointment at Harvey Nichols – the perfect treat for those who love to splurge every once in a while! Enjoy the luxury treatment in your own private dressing suite and allow the informed staff to find that perfect outfit for the night ahead. After you have had your fashion fix, head up to the Fourth Floor Bar to enjoy cocktails whilst savouring the incredible view out over the Firth of Forth.
Dressed to the nines in your new outfit, dinner at Café St Honore is perfect for an evening of understated elegance. The unassuming restaurant hidden away on Thistle Street, serves fresh Scottish produce cooked in a classic French style. As the name suggests, the décor is Parisian-esque and ultra-romantic – think low-lighting, café style tables and chairs, and lots of dark wood. Expect ever-changing creative menu’s so check their website nearer the day for details.
To finish of a wonderful day, skip the taxi and take an evening promenade up the mound on the way back to your Old Town Chambers Apartment. A quick detour via Mound Place and up onto the Royal Mile, will give you a stunning view of the twinkling lights of the New Town and across the Forth river to Fife.
Start by heading down to Stockbridge and having a refreshing walk around the Botanic Gardens. Even during the winter months the gardens have lots to see and offer tranquillity and relaxation right at the heart of the city. Don’t miss the beautiful palm house full of rare and exotic plants.
Next, stop off at Artisan Roast in Stockbridge for some fuel in the form of their delicious, rich coffee, and maybe some homemade baking as well! Pick up a bouquet for the one you love while you are there from The Edinburgh Flower Company, a lovely miniature florist conveniently attached to the coffee shop.
After re-charging, take a meander along the Water of Leith to the picturesque Dean Village. This little haven, sheltered below the busy city centre, is another architectural gem with some of the buildings dating back to the 1880s. Keep following the magical path along the river and you will eventually emerge at the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art. The afternoon is best spent wandering around the gallery exhibits and through the interesting landscaped gardens.
When you are back in the city centre, it will be happy hour so head down to Queen Street for some cocktails at Bramble. Reckoned to be one of the best cocktail bars in Europe, this little treasure trove of a bar is hard to find, but once you are there it is well worth the hunt! Cosy and cavern-like, there is always cool music being played and the barmen are super knowledgeable. Not sure what you want? Tell them what flavours you like and they will make you a surprise. Just don’t expect your bog-standard Cosmopolitan’s and Dirty Martini’s here – the menu is impressively creative and unique.
The pre-dinner aperitif will set you up nicely for dinner at Chaophraya restaurant on George Street. When we say on George Street, we really mean above George Street. With unbelievable views across the city and to the North across the river, Chaophraya is an incredible place for a romantic dinner. Serving creative Thai cuisine whilst showcasing the beauty of Edinburgh from its unrivalled viewpoint, this restaurant will definitely impress. Finish off with a sparkly champagne toast – to you!
Our perfect and relaxing Valentine’s weekend in our favourite city.