Edinburgh: A student’s guide to Scotland’s capital

Edinburgh Photocredit: Lisa Krüger-Franke
Edinburgh Photocredit: Lisa Krüger-Franke

A country full of kilt-wearing, red-headed men that are playing the backpipes all day long: This is the stereotype that most people have in mind when thinking about Scotland. But there’s so much more to this country than people know or expect. The proof: This guide to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, and its hidden treasures.

Edinburgh Photocredit: Lisa Krüger-Franke
Edinburgh Photocredit: Lisa Krüger-Franke

Every old city has something like a Castle. And it’s always impressive. So is the Edinburgh Castle. Even without going in, it is worth strolling up the Royal Mile, which was the main street in ancient Edinburgh and is still the busiest touristic street in the Old Town of Edinburgh, towards the Castle. The little square before the main entrance offers a great view over the whole city.
Edinburgh also offers to other spots with great views over the city, either Carlton Hill or Arthur’s Seat. Carlton Hill is an approximately 10 minutes walk from the city, to Arthur’s Seat it takes about 20-30 minutes.

View from Carlton Hill Photocredit Lisa Krüger-Franke
View from Carlton Hill Photocredit Lisa Krüger-Franke

For a great Lunch or Coffee, Rose Street has a lot to offer. It is full of small coffee shops or restaurants just waiting to be tried out.  It even has a typical Scottish pub where one can try the famous Scottish dish Haggis, which is made from a sheep’s stomach filled with diced sheep’s liver, heart and lungs, oatmeal, onion, suet and seasoning. My tip though: Miros, a Mexican restaurants which offers great Lunch deals and yummy Burritos.
Obviously Edinburgh, just like most capitals around Europe, also has a wide range of the best places to shop. Just troll down Princess Street for all the popular shops or stroll around Stockbridge, a part of Edinburgh’s New Town to find Vintage treasures.
For all the students visiting Edinburgh: There is a bar in the Students Union, called Library Bar, which offers drinks to student-affordable prices and has on top of that, thanks to the bookshelves all around the place filled with leather bound books, a great atmosphere.

And because Edinburgh is so close to the ocean, it is just appropriate to pay the beach a visit. There are a lot of different beaches around but probably one of the most beautiful ones is Portobello Beach with its endless promenade and cute cafés to warm up over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Try Beach House which is located right at the beach and offers a range of the best looking cakes ever.

Portobello's Promenade Photocredit Lisa Krüger-Franke
Portobello’s Promenade Photocredit Lisa Krüger-Franke

So overall, Edinburgh with its cobblestone streets, the little alleys, the hidden staircases and the ancient buildings is a place worth visiting. It’s not too big, so it won’t offer loads of different activities to do, but a weekend trip here should definitely be considered. Don’t forget though: It’s a British city, so an umbrella should be packed any time of the year.

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