Tuesday, December 8

The Edinburgh Weekender

The other weekend, I hopped on a train the whole way up to Edinburgh to see one of my dearest friends, Katie. She's currently finishing her final year up in the north & we thought it was about time I trekked over the wall & up into the frosty lands of Scotland.

I took a few days off work and after the 6.5 hr train trip, (with a slight hangover- urgh.), I was finally welcomed by this beauty at the station where I handed over a big bunch of flowers & a bear hug.
We had a pretty vague plan for my visit, but decided to basically do a food tour of the city and explore the increasingly Christmas city.

We stopped off for a drink at the stunning Dome, decorated with bright lights and crowds of people having a tipple on the weekend...

We ventured up the mountainous hillsides of the city in the drizzling rain, and had a window shop in some of the classic Scottish heritage shops.

... And naturally, in true Katie & Emily style; we inevitably did a cafe crawl for coffee and cake.

One of our favourite stops was right in the centre & was a quirky cafe called Urban Angel.

Its simple but satisfying menu, open & fresh decor and homely, warm vibe makes it a favourite with the locals; and I can definitely see why!

Snuggled among the candles & pillows; Katie & I sipped away on our proper coffees (the beautifully rich, strong kind), and caught up about the recent weeks apart. 
Minutes turned into hours & we nattered on about Katie's joys of uni life, revision, exams & graduation stress... Then my joys of adulthood, full time jobs, & London tube nightmares... And of course everything about family, men, & all aspects of life in between.

There's no better feeling than catching up with the bestie after so long.

Oh and the brunch?
The bacon French toast with maple syrup...?

And the eggs royale?

.... Yeah that were pretty drool worthy.

Whilst we're both big foodies & love snapping the odd Instagram or two, we weren't waiting to dig in here.
The brunch was simple, delicious & reasonable priced; definitely a good stop if you're visiting Edinburgh for shopping as it's just off the main shopping stretch. 

It's cold, was very wet, and had a lack of phone signal. 
But other than that, it was utterly charming.
What a beautiful city with an even more beautiful person.


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