36 hours in a beautiful city is quite the whirlwind, but luckily it gives you a chance to find the best places for endless hot chocolates after walking up and down the cobbled hills of Edinburgh for hours – a true indulgence that I’m all for come winter – and discover some fabulous shops to peruse whilst they digest.

If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh, then here’s 5 places (mainly cafes) you have to make time for on your next visit…

Artisan Roast
I popped in here quickly for a cuppa to warm my chilly bones but the coffee here is truly delicious – well, at least the smell of it is! All brewed locally and including special in-house blends, Artisan Roast has sourced sustainable ingredients and provides fairtrade opportunities for growers which makes every coffee taste a bit better IMO. You can also buy online here.

Curiouser and Curiouser
If you’re a fab of cute stationery (always), prints (yes), and unique homewares (sign me up), then you need to head to Curiouser and Curiouser – there are two stores, one located on Broughton Street and another in Bruntsfield Place, stocking gorgeous prints from Rifle Paper Co. and Papier Press, to in-house designed lampshades and British-made jewellery, plus some yummy Coco Chocolatier bars which are DELISH.

Fortitude Coffee
If you’re looking for a quiet spot a few minutes walk from the main bustle of shops, then Fortitude Coffee is a fabulous place to wind down – small yet warm and cosy, it’s like a quite bubble within a busy city where you can enjoy a frothy oat hot chocolate or locally made soup with a book, and let time pass by one mug after another. You can also buy their coffee here.

The OG vegetarian and vegan restaurant of Edinburgh, Hendersons has four locations across the city including a deli and dedicated restaurant with some truly yummy delights. From fancy smashed avocado, to vegan pancakes doused in syrup, you can pick up some fabulous healthy snacks in the deli or dine on 3-courses in the restaurant on Thistle Street, and I will say the avocado bagel is truly delish!

Burr and Co.
Tucked inside the Principle Hotel, Burr and Co. is a luxurious cafe to spend hours relaxing in, sinking into comfy chairs and refilling cups of coffee and hot chocolate whilst you have a moment spare after all the shopping. Burr and Co. stocks the fabulous Coco Chocolatier hot chocolate (I recommend the cinnamon and chilli one), has lots of lovely sweet treats and sandwiches, plus some tasty seasonal options like tumeric latte and winter salad – basically, go to Edinburgh for all the hot chocolate and coffee, you won’t regret it.


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