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The Global Blue weekend guide to Edinburgh


From majestic Arthur’s Seat to the Georgian splendour of the New Town to the contemporary parade of shops and restaurants on Princes Street, Edinburgh is a must-see destination – and perfect for a weekend escape

Emily Scrivener ,

Cosmopolitan, cultured Edinburgh offers plenty to do and see. Home to Princes Street, one of Britain’s most famous shopping streets, the capital of Scotland is a must-visit for fashion enthusiasts and culture lovers alike.

Sleep

Situated in a magnificent Georgian town house, the Nira Caledonia has a similarly timeless sense of style and elegance, with interior décor that complements the building’s period architecture. The rooms all mirror the townhouse’s opulent character and quirky charm; each is equipped with the latest high-tech gadgets to make sure you stay connected with the world outside of this little haven. For the ultimate in relaxation and romance, book one of the three Jacuzzi suites, each of which has its own Jacuzzi. The hotel also boasts a great restaurant which features ingredients farmed or sourced in Scotland. This luxury boutique hotel is perfect for viewing Edinburgh’s stunning cityscapes and is just a short walk from Princes Street, Edinburgh’s prime shopping location.

Nira Caledonia, 10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh EH3 6EF, +44 (0)131 225 2720

Shop

Princes Street is one of the best retail hot-spots in Edinburgh and home to an Edinburgh institution: Jenners department store, now part of House of Fraser. Jenners, formerly the oldest independent department store in Scotland, has retained its individual charm and identity and is widely recognised as Edinburgh’s most famous traditional store. Its grand exterior dates back to the late 1800s and an extensive range of fashion, beauty, homewares and food items make this a shopping experience not to be missed. Jenners sells many fashion heavyweights, including DKNY, Longchamp and Michael Kors, as well as traditional British heritage clothing from labels such as Barbour, Harris Tweed and Paul Smith.

Edinburgh Jenners, House of Fraser, 48 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2YJ, +44 (0)844 800 3725

Eat

Edinburgh is known for its high-quality fresh produce and Café St Honore showcases the most sought-after ingredients and culinary delights in the city. Menus change daily to reflect the seasons, and the kitchen door constantly swings open to admit with deliveries from farmers, fishmongers and foragers – you know you’re getting the freshest available at Café St Honore. Tucked away down a cobbled lane, the restaurant is popular with visiting food connoisseurs and locals alike. The menu offers a stunning selection of seasonal and locally produced foods; favourites include wild mint crème brulée. The wine list is extensive, while the intimate interior makes a romantic setting.

Cafe St Honoré, 34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh EH2 1EA, +44 (0)131 226 2211

De-Stress

Located in the Balmoral hotel and offering the level of luxury one would expect from Rocco Forte hotels, the Balmoral Spa offers an array of treatments and facilities to help you unwind after a day in the Scottish capital. This retreat in the heart of the city offers visitors a sanctuary of relaxation, with exceptionally well-trained staff to take care of your every need. A consultation before every treatment to assess your needs and requirements ensures you leave appropriately relaxed and rejuvenated. From age-defying facials to luxury pedicures, you will be pampered from head to toe. Guests who are pressed for time can indulge in a quick finishing-touch treatment that takes just 10 minutes. The spa’s speciality treatments aim to restore and energise; try the Total Holistic Body Care with Hot Stones for an intensely powerful experience.

The Balmoral, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, +44 (0)131 556 2414

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