Is Asia On Your Bucket List? The Places You Need To See

Asia is a continent that many have on their bucket list and for good reason. Some of the countries that you would group together under Asia are simply stunning.

Asia is one of those places that is actually really popular with backpackers, and most probably because it’s so cheap and also cos so many people go and it encourages other to visit too. Many students and young adults take gap years and travel around places like Asia to really see some of the unspoilt beauty that is on offer here. Compared to western countries it’s super cheap to stay here and the food and drink is cheap too! However, even if Asia is on your list it is so vast and there are literally so many places to go that you may want to start narrowing down the list to some of the popular destinations. We thought it would be an ideal time to share with you some of our picks of Asia. We hope it gives you plenty of inspiration for your travel bucket list.

Indonesia
Indonesia is one of the South Eastern countries of Asia and has a lot to behold for anyone wanting to visit there. Known for its beautiful beaches, your chances to see Komodo dragons, vast jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers, and the unpredictable landscape of volcanoes. There really is something for everyone. Jakarta is the capital, and the ideal spot for you to enjoy traveling to other more remote destinations. Websites like https://www.rumah.com/ruko-dijual/di-area-jakarta-pusat-idjk02 are also packed with suggestions of accomodation you could consider. If you want something a little more laid back then perhaps a visit to Bali should be on the cards.

Malaysia
Another country on the South East is Malaysia. Perhaps this one won’t be as well known in terms of tourist hotspots but actually it is definitely a destination worthy of your bucket list. With stunning beaches and picturesque spots you are bound to find something to suit. If you are hoping to have some peace and tranquility then look no further than the island of Borneo. However, the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is actually becoming a great location to see and experience some of the amazing culture this country has to offer.

Japan
Japan is an island nation situated in the Pacific ocean and definitely a vibrant place to see and witness. We all know that so much of the technology and items we use today comes from Japan, and the main location you can really see some of the high tech in action is Tokyo. Tokyo is also famous for its shopping opportunities as well as some amazing architecture in tall skyscraper buildings. The skyline is simply unforgettable. With cities, mountainous national regions and thousands of shrines, there is something for everyone in Japan.

China
Heading East of Asia you will find the vast country of China. Famous for many things including the popular cuisine and the Great Wall Of China, you really will find that this is one of those destinations so many people would like to see and perhaps don’t get the opportunity to do so. But you really should make time for it. Shanghai and Beijing really are two fabulous cities with amazing cultural influences. Both mix modern culture with historic influences. Some have it on their list to walk the Great Wall, and it is actually one of the few wonders of the world that can be seen from Space. There is some great information online https://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/ about traveling to China.

Thailand
We think Thailand is one of those destinations that perhaps we associate with backpackers right? While there is so much to do here for the young at heart such as island hopping, full moon parties and enjoying the delights of Bangkok, there is more to it and actually a great destination for couples to enjoy their honeymoons and for even families to have an explore (crazy huh!?) Koh Phangan and Koh Samui are two of the larger islands with much unspoilt, but you are bound to fund some secluded spots. Taking a boat trip around the islands is one of those things you must do while you are here.

Singapore
Singapore is actually an island city just south of Malaysia and is very well known for being a financial capital of the world. With huge multicultural differences and a very tropical climate, there is much more to this city than humidity and finances. There really is some grand architecture here as well as some of the oldest standing buildings in the Chinatown district. It is like something you may have never seen before.

India
Another country that perhaps is more famous for its cuisines than anything, and who doesn’t love a curry. So why not make it your mission to eat authentic Indian food in the country it comes from? However, there is much more to it than meets the eye. The Indian Ocean coastline will give you breathtaking beaches in the location of Goa. But heading to New Delhi and really seeing what this country is all about is definitely recommended. We have even written a post all about how to avoid the Delhi Belly!

Philippines
Heading back South East of Asia you will find a group of almost 7,000 islands. The Philippines. The capital of Manila is famous for its waterfront promenade and the centuries old chinatown district. Heading to Old Manila, you will find the walled city from colonial times, Intramus. With beautiful sights to behold it really is quite something. However, with such a beautiful collection of islands this destination is also very well known for beautiful sandy beaches and many unspoilt regions. Definitely one for the bucket list.

Maldives
Finally, our last stop on this Asian exploration is The Maldives. One of those places that so many people want to see at some point in their lives. Not just for the gorgeous beach, the luxury surroundings you can get, but possibly for one of the most beautiful sights called the sea of stars. This is when the sky and the sea light up like a glistening night sky. The Maldives is full of luxe surroundings, so whether traveling their as a couple or family, you are bound to have a fabulous time.

We hope that this has given you some inspiration for some of the places you can explore in Asia.

Smallshaw Spa and Cottages

If you are from near Sheffield or Huddersfield or are visiting the area we highly recommend a trip to Smallshaw Spa.

This spa is part of the cottages so if you want to stay you could do this too! The cottages look absolutely gorgeous and we particularly loved the outdoor areas for guests.

These cottages and spa are family ran and you can really tell as you get such personal treatment. From the lovely emails you receive before going and if you call for any queries (like we did as our confirmation email went to junk and we couldn’t find it!), they are super helpful and friendly.

This spa really is in the middle of no where and that’s what makes it so special. You drive down a small country lane to get it it and are surrounded by fields and farm animals. If you want an escape in the country then this is your place to go.

We decided to go for the Signature Smallshaw package which was £89 per person. This included a 1 hour full body massage and 3 hour access to the spa facilities. There are many different packages to choose from and they often have amazing special offers so make sure to check the offers page too.

On arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady who took us to the changing rooms and told us to meet her back at reception in our robes for a tour. We were both given locker keys which would contain everything we needed. The locker had a small towel, robe, flip flops and a large towel for after showering. All were tied in a lovely white bow. The changing rooms were small but when there are only 8 lockers you know instantly this is a small spa not for many people and we were in for a cute treat.

The tour was quick but informative and we were shown all the facilities and how to use everything. We were told the time of our massage and they said they would come and get us so we didn’t have to worry about checking the time.

The spa was small but the perfect size and we basically had it to ourselves for the majority of the time. There were 3 saunas and 1 steam room. There were 3 foot spas a sensory shower and our highlight the hot tub which was outside.

It was amazing to be sat in the hot tub and watch all the horses, sheep and feel involved in country life!

And now to the massage, before the massage we were given a smoothie shot and hot cloth. The spa was perfect and very professional and we came out feeling a billion times better. Afterwards we were taken to the chill out zone which had lots of bean bags and magazines.

Included in the package was a glass of bubbly or a beer and the staff brought us our drinks to the chill out room. As it was a nice day we asked if we could drink outside and we were told of course. As the beer was in a glass however it wasn’t allowed in the hot tub. However the prosecco was in a plastic glass it could be taken in the hot tub.

We highly recommend visiting this spa and next time we want to stay in one of the cute cottages too!!

Visit London For Free

We love living in London but sometimes really do take it for granted. It’s nice one in a while to be a tourist in our own city and this can sometimes be quite expensive so we have pulled together all the fun free things you can do in London.

Natural History & Science Museum- these are located in potentially one of our favourite parts of London, South Kensington which is very close to Chelsea. The beautiful mansion houses and streets are very photogenic and there are lots of cafes on our list to try in this area too (you can read all about Muriel’s which is very close by here) This area also hosts 2 free museums which are fab for kids and adults too. There is so much to see at these museums and you could easily spend a day here. They often have pretty cool exhibitions on too, but you have to pay for these. During the summer they also host late events which are free and very popular with young professionals so keep your eyes peeled for these.
CLOSEST STATION: West Kensington

V&A- opposite the natural history and science museum is the Victoria and Albert museum which is a fashion museum. If you are into your fashion this is a great place for you too. They also do some amazing exhibitions which are well worth checking out.
CLOSEST STATION: West Kensington

Buckingham palace- you cannot come to London and not stand outside the queens house! If he flag is flying the Royal Standard (rather than the Union Jack) Then it means she is in! At 10.45 The changing of the guard happens daily and it’s worth being around to see that, it lasts about 45 mins.
CLOSEST STATION: Green Park

Westminster and Big Ben- we had to add this to our list as its iconic but sadly is in scaffolding until ? So although it’s pretty iconic you won’t get that typical London shot, but still worth joining the hundreds of tourists who stand outside it daily.
CLOSEST STATION: Westminster or Waterloo

Hyde park- we love this park and especially in summer when the weather is hot. There is a massive lake in the middle which is lovely to walk around. You can often see the queens horses going for a canter along the edge of the park too.
CLOSEST STATION: Hype Park Corner or Knightsbridge

The London marathon- this is a great free event to attend that happens yearly at the end of April. Join the crowds and cheer on the runners and soak up the atmosphere. Make sure you download the route map and pick where you want to stand to get the best view. There are also many other races in London that you may want to watch such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Harrods- this is the most visited tourist destination in London! We advise you go at nighttime to see the whole building lit up and of course see Harrods sign. Take a wander inside and wish you were rich and visit the Egyptian staircases. It’s all very grand and beautiful.
CLOSEST STATION: Knightsbridge

Camden market and lock- we love this place although it can get very busy. Wander around the market stalks and enjoy the yummy smells of all the street food. Camden is very unique and a cool place to visit and the lock is stunning too.
CLOSEST STATION: Chalk Farm

Tate modern- if you’re into modern art go here to look around but if you’re not into modern art we strongly recommend you go here too. There are often exhibitions on the ground floor which are cool but our favourite is the free amazing view of London. If you go to the cafe on floor 4 You get amazing views of St. Paul’s or head to the top floor (10) for panoramic views of our beautiful city. Who says you need to pay lots of money for a gorgeous view, head to the Tate for free.
CLOSEST STATION: Waterloo, Embankment or Blackfriars

Primrose Hill- can you tell we love seeing epic views of London?! Well now you can! Head to Primrose Hill for a completely different view of London, we could spend hours here, and on a sunny day why not bring a picnic. We often will get the tube to Baker Street and walk to Primrose Hill through Regents Park, it’s a lovely walk so if you fancy that we highly recommend it.
CLOSEST STATIONS: Baker Street, Regents Park

We love London and think its amazing there is so much free activities to do.

Spanish Sidra Avalon & Tapas @ Camino

We visited Camino a Tapas restaurant to try out their new Spanish Sidra Avalon which we were really excited about! When we go out for dinner we will most likely also have a nice alcoholic beverage with our meal too. We aren’t really fussy drinkers and will often drink something that compliments the food we have ordered.

Camino Kings Cross was hidden out of the way from the high street but close enough to the station if you wanted a pre train meal. We also commented it would be a great place to go for a date as it was the perfect atmosphere.

It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining and we were really craving a refreshing drink in the sunshine. The Spanish Sidra Avalon is on draught in the four incredible Camino venues across London.

Avalon is a refreshing, crisp Sidra with clean aromas of summer orchard and hints of applewood. A pale colour, the delicious ripple has a slow release of fine bubbles. It was delicious and wasn’t too heavy.

The nice thing about going out for tapas is that you get to try and eat a large range of dishes, this makes eating tapas much more exciting and means when with a group everyone will be happy. However with such a large selection of food how can you decide what to drink, however the good thing about this Spanish Sidra Avalon is that its super light and therefore will go with any food your order off the menu.

The staff at Camino were very polite and helpful when we asked them to recommend dishes that went well with the new Sidra Avalon.

There is literally so much choice on the menu and its split up in sections, fish & seafood, meat, nibbles, vegetarian etc so its easy to pick what you want. We went for jamon serrano, potatas bravas, iberico meatballs, chicken skewer and arzua ulloa. Basically we ordered in the same order, slices of serrano ham, potatoes covered in tomato sauce, meatballs, chicken skewers and fried cheese with chutney jam. We definitely ordered the perfect amount of food for the 2 of us and a good selection of meat and vegetables.

The food was served as and when it was cooked as all dishes are freshly prepared. Being typical bloggers who wanted to photograph the food we were waiting to tuck in as we wanted to photograph all the dishes together. The Waitress spotted that we were not eating the food and said she could bring us out fresh dishes if we wanted, it was not her fault and we didn’t want the food to go to waste so we declined the offer but it was lovely of her to offer.

There are 5 Camino Tapas restaurants in London; Kings Cross x2, Bankside, Monument and Shoreditch.

There was an outside seating area at the Kings Cross branch which we were very happy about as it was a beautiful day. We also spotted the bar garden around the back which was for drinks only and that was in the sunshine.

The Avalon draught is gluten free and has an ABB of 5.5%!

We had a fab afternoon and we will definitely be visiting Camino again and drinking Sidra Avalon!

Visiting Mathew Watt Hair Salon In Edinburgh

Life is so fast paced and we are the worst for making sure our diaries are completely jam packed, we are running here there and everywhere trying to cram as much into a day as possible. We have so many shared notes (best invention ever) flying around on things we need to do, outfits we need to pack, deadlines we have to meet and the list really could go on and on. We both have full time jobs so our blog has to fit around our work commitments which means we are just non-stop all the time that we often forget to just sit down and rest.

Admitting to yourself that you need some ‘me’ time is completely okay and if you don’t look after your body and you keep burning the candle at both ends you will eventually crash and burn and nobody wants that. It doesn’t even have to be an entire day that you put aside for self-care it could be something as small as painting your nails, or watching your favourite TV programme or having a bath.  It’s just putting time aside for you to do the things that make you relaxed, because we all know the hustle and bustle of London is far from relaxed.

That is why we decided that starting off our Edinburgh trip with a hair cut would be the perfect treat and something we will need after a long week at work. We had a hair appointment scheduled in at 9 o’clock at Mathew Watt Salon.

The salon was located in the centre of Edinburgh, so of course in the true TB style we set off from our hotel and walked the 3 miles into the city. For some this would sound like hell but we love walking, especially in the morning so this in itself was a form of self-care.

Upon arriving at the salon we were greeted by Matt who was so lovely and welcoming. We had a chat about what we wanted done and he started right away.

Mathew got us both a hot drink as well to enjoy whilst we had our hair cut. Rachel went for a peppermint tea and Annie had a lemon and ginger YUM!

Rachel was up first, she wanted her hair cut and a few layers added in to add a bit of volume and that is exactly what Mathew did. He then went on a blow dried it before adding in lots of curls which is what Rach wanted as she usually wear her hair straight. We loved the curling wand Mathew used you could set a timer to last for 10 seconds so you didn’t under or over curl the hair.

It was then Annie’s turn, she was a little nervous as she has only had her hair cut by the same hairdresser for about 10 years but Mathew was great at his job and after seeing Rachel’s hair cut I felt much more at ease. Mathew trimmed my hair as I am trying to grow it a little bit for the summer, I never have layers put in my hair because it is incredibly thick! Mathew then decided it would be best to put some beachy waves through my hair which I absolutely loved.

We had such a great morning at the Salon, we got on really well with Mathew he was lovely and there certainly was no ‘awkward’ hairdresser chat. If you are in the Edinburgh area and want your hair cut or coloured we couldn’t recommend Mathew enough.

Before and after photos:

We did of course also have a cheeky photo shoot post hair cut in Mathews salon! It was such a laugh!

Follow Your Heart, have you ever thought about moving abroad?

Travelling, exploring and seeing new parts of the world as a tourist is one thing, but have you ever visited somewhere and thought I really want to live here!? But then doubt comes into your mind because you don’t know where to start with the process and you are scared. Whether the idea you have it for a few months a pendant move or just an extended holiday the idea can be incredibly daunting.

Rachel moved to America one summer and also lived in Australia for a couple of months. With careful preparation it is possible and it is less daunting than you think once you have everything you need in place.

Below are some of the essential steps you might need to consider taking before making your move abroad to make sure it is as stress free as possible.

SAVE UP
As soon as you think of going abroad, start to put money away into a high-interest savings account. The more you can set aside each month, the better. You may be planning to work once you get to your destination country, but you will still need some savings. Make a list of all the things you’ll need to fund before you start earning – there are visa applications, the cost of flights and other transport, international shipments, potential medical costs. And of course you’ll need somewhere to stay. And while you may be searching to find that hdb rental price on an apartment you like, you’ll also need somewhere to stay immediately.

You should do some research on the cost of living and the average rent price so that you can come up with a monthly budget plan to guide your way while you find your feet. If you can manage to have six months of costs saved up it is likely to be less stressful! You will then have the luxury of a little more choice rather than having to rush into things from a cost perspective.

VALID PASSPORT
The last thing you want to do is get to the final weeks before departure, only to find that you needed to renew your passport. Some countries have a legal requirement that you need at least six months validity on your passport after your final travel date, so check carefully to make sure that you meet this requirement and if not, leave plenty of time to renew and get your documents back.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
Rules and regulations around visas can vary massively from country to country, so make sure that you understand what they are in your chosen destination. The best place to start is by visiting the government website for the country you’re planning to live in. There should be a section of advice for travellers and immigrants that will explain what the visa requirements are and what documents you need. Destinations such as the United States may also require you to make a separate appointment to submit biometric information – such as fingerprints and a photograph. Know in advance and you can make the right arrangements.

HEALTHCARE
Much like visa arrangements, healthcare provision is very different from country to country, so make sure that you understand how it works at your destination and also that you have appropriate arrangements in place to cover you. We don’t like to think about accidents that can happen or becoming ill but these things do happen! If you have healthcare insurance now, it’s worth asking your provider about policies and provisions they can offer overseas.

SHIP, STORE or SELL
If you are planning on moving away for a long period of time and setting up a home in your new destination it might be worth shipping some of your belongings overseas. If like us where most of your belongings are clothes then you might be lucky enough to be able to leave some of them back home (especially if you still live with your family). There is of course also the option of selling some of your belongings which could also be another way of raising some funds! There are so many platforms where you can sell your belongings including eBay and Gumtree as well as a Facebook local selling pages.

BANKING
We have always been advised to keep our current bank account so we can maintain a good credit score in our native country. Research banks in the destination you are travelling to so you can check out the requirements before arriving and trying to open a bank account.

Staying in Leith Edinburgh

When in Edinburgh we cannot recommend staying in the area of Leith enough. We love walking in general and when we booked the hotel we noticed it was only about a 2.5 mile walk into Edinburgh City Centre which took us roughly 45 minutes. It was great to start the day with a walk into the city centre (public transport links are also fab however!), it was also nice to get away from the city in the evening. We walked from our hotel to Leith Shore which is by the Water of Leith for dinner and drinks.

TOAST
We had spotted Toast on Instagram and the pictures looked stunning and knew we had to take a visit. We called up on the Saturday morning to book a table but were told we had to call back at 2pm to book a table for that evening. We did just that and booked a table for 7pm.

It was a sunny evening and there were lots of tables out the front looking to the waterfront, however as it was cooling down we opted to sit inside. We sat at the high chairs by the window so it still felt like we were outside and could people watch til our hearts content!

The menu was simple in terms of food with only a couple of options. This place is great for a light bite to eat or if you’re not feeling too hungry to have a drink and some food. We decided to have a 2 centred dinner and had the sharing board as our starter before heading elsewhere for the main course. Not only does this mean we got to visit 2 places, it also means lots more content and reviews for you guys to read!

The wine list is extensive with many options to choose from, you sure will find a nice glass of wine for you! We also love places that automatically give you tap water without having to ask, which we noticed happened a lot in Edinburgh. We were given a nice jug with cucumber and ice in.

Back to the wine…..Annie ordered a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand (white) and Rach had a Malbec from Argentina (red). The wine came in lovely large glasses and was delicious.

We shared the meze platter but also spied the Charcuterie Platter. However we were delighted with our choice as it was amazing! Baba ganoush in the centre of the platter was surrounded by olives, falafel, beetroot humous and a cold ratatouille. Flat bread was served on a separate plate and there was plenty for two people. We were given small plates each and tucked in. We absolutely loved the baba ganoush it was delicious!

This place is so cute and the service was perfect too, the staff were lovely.

THE PANTRY: FINN & BEAR
The Pantry is famous in Edinburgh as being the best Bistro so when we wandered into Toast and spied a Pantry we had to go.

We booked a table for 8pm giving us 1 hour to enjoy our starters at Toast. Upon arrival we were shown to our table which was a cute one at the back in an alcove, super cosy! Despite the place being super busy the staff came over straight away with tap water and menus for us to look at.

For our mains we decided to share the ‘dirtiest nachos in town’ which were served with salsa, guac, sweetcorn, jalapenos, melted cheese and sour cream. We opted for the meaty hickory beef brisket and pork shoulder however there was also a veggie option which was campfire beans and smoked tomato.

We also ordered some hand cut fries to share which were cooked to perfection and still had the skin on – our favourite!

OTHER
On our walk into and out of Leith Shore we noticed many other restaurants which looked lovely:
Café Tartine as the name suggest this is a French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inside looked really cute and the menu was also very appealing.
The Kitchin this is owned by the famous Michelin starred chef Tom Kitchin. This restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2007. This restaurant serves modern British with a slight French twist. If you are feeling like splashing out why not go for the Chefs Surprise Tasting menu. However you could also enjoy the set lunch menu or set dinner menu.
Mimi’s Bakehouse we found this place (again) on Instagram and did not realise it was right next door to Toast. We are sad we didn’t get to visit here as we have sweet tooths, but if we ever return to Leith will sure pop in. Follow their Instagram @mimisbakehouse and you will have a feed full of delightful treats!
Café Truva There is a Cafe Truva in Leith (the original one), but they have since opened on the Royal Mile and also at Art College. This is a Turkish Mediterranean restaurant which could potentially be one of our favourite cuisines.
The Ship on the Shorethis is a fish restaurant so if you fancy some fish then this is the place for you!

Five Ways to Travel To Asia on a Budget

Asia is a great country to visit full of culture, delicious food and friendly people. In case you already have an Asian country in mind to visit in the future, you will have to save up your money and learn as much as you can about the culture. There are plenty of cheap ways of booking your holiday, and – unless you want five-star treatment all the way – we recommend you avoid high street agents. Whether you want to see the ancient temples and cities of India or stay in Vietnam for a few weeks, you have several budget-friendly options. Find out more about them below.

CUSTOM ITINERARY
Instead of going with the flow and listening to travel agents’ recommendations, you might want to stay out of the tourist resorts (which the travel agents will most likely suggest). This will help you save money and learn more about the customs and culture than any other way. You might want to check out blogs and travel guides and create your custom itinerary, so you can see more and go off the beaten path so you can explore the country without having to put up with the crowd.

LOCAL TOUR OPERATORS
If you need to book trips and tours, it is better to find a local operator instead of doing the same thing; looking online. Large companies are generally selling the services of local family firms, so you can secure a huge discount and build a great relationship with the company, so they listen to your needs and preferences, tailoring the tour to your budget.

ON THE WATER
A great way of exploring any country is on the water we love this way of seeing a new place and as mentioned before a holiday isn’t a holiday without a trip on water! You can book private scenic river cruises in most countries. Whether you would like to explore the Ganges or the shoreline of Indonesia, you will find plenty of offers if you look around. All you have to do is check where the main ports of the country are, and you can get a deal with a local operator there and then, instead of committing to buy before you arrive and see the place.

VOLUNTEERING
In case you have extremely limited funds, but would like to visit the country of your dreams in Asia, such as Saigon or Mumbai, you can find volunteering positions. You will have free time to explore the area, and free accommodation and food. All you will have to think about is learning the language so you can communicate with locals and get recommendations on cheap ways of getting around and attractions to visit.

BACKPACKING
Those brave enough to start off without a set itinerary will be able to save money by backpacking. You can get around cheaply by train and public transport, and explore a new city every day. Learn the language before you set off, so you can communicate with locals, and get personalized advice.

Asia is a cheap destination for backpackers and budget travelers. You can save money if you stay away from main tourist hubs and stay with the locals. Make sure that you explore your options before you set off, and learn the language, so you can benefit from locals’ advice and guidance on your trip.

Edinburgh Foodie

You may remember our many foodie posts after visiting Paris, in fact there were so many foodie places that we ended up writing a number of posts and splitting them out by area.

As we love love walking whenever we visit somewhere we never really take public transport and use our legs instead to take in the city. Not only is this great exercise but it also means we stumble upon some great places to eat and drink. It has become a tradition now (well kinda!) to take a picture of the outside of a restaurant/cafe/bar that takes our fancy to either return for a visit or to add to our foodie blog post.

In Edinburgh this was no different so please see below the cute places we stumbled across and wish we had the chance to visit them all, but lucky to have the opportunity to share with our readers instead.

Coro The Chocolate Cafe – this seems to be a Scottish cafe with a number of branches in Edinburgh (2) and also Glasgow (1). For chocolate lovers this is the ideal place to visit. Visit here for pancakes, waffles, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes etc. Their moto is ‘we pour chocolate over everything’, now thats the kinda motto we like!
Address: 5 Howard St, Edinburgh EH3 5JP & 13 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 2EY

Coffee Angel – we walked past Coffee Angel on our way into and out of town from Leith. Another cute little coffee shop that is family ran with the aim to provide great coffee everyday.
Address: 24-27 Brandon Terrace, New Town, Edinburgh EH3 5DZ

New Town Deli – we were lucky to visit here on our walk into town where we enjoyed a coffee and a smoked salmon bagel. There were a number of bagels to choose from on the counter however our highlight was the make your own cob/roll. Customers pick their roll from a basket and then take it to the counter where you can pick your filling – we thought it was a really cool idea!
Address: 23 Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5DH

Skylark Cafe – yet another cute cafe/coffee shop in Edinburgh. A little further out the way but was on our walk from Leith to the city centre. Their latte art looks decent and they seem to be very family friendly!
Address: 42A Hamilton Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5AX

Smith and Gertrude – This is a wine bar and it looked super cute but fancy. This place has indoor and outdoor seating and basically serves wine, cheese and meat…. sounds like our kinda place! We feel we need to visit in the Autumn/Winter as they serve our ultimate favourite thing, baked Camembert! mmmm!
Address: 26 Hamilton Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5AU

Cairngorn Coffee Co – A very light, modern and spacious coffee shop the sort you would want to spend the day chilling reading a book and drink espresso at! This place doesn’t always serve the same coffee rather it serves what tastes good, so you will be guaranteed a decent cup of coffee
Address: 1 Melville St, Edinburgh EH3 7PR

SYGN Bar & Kitchen – This is a cocktail bar that also serves diner style (American) food. From burgers, pizza, hot dogs, wraps and waffles this is true American dining in Scotland. The sharers here also look epic including, nachos, mac & cheese and chicken wings.
Address: 15 Charlotte Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ

Indigo Yard – This place would be perfect in the summer as it has lots of outdoor seating. When we walked past the outdoor area was very busy and we loved all the large umbrellas to sit under. Indigo Yard is a bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also do a boozy brunch!
Address: 7 Charlotte Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ

@Pizza – If you read our blog and follow our Instagram you are probably aware of how much we LOVE pizza so its not surprise that Pizza features on this post too. This modern looking pizza restaurant looked like they served delicious pizza and we love the fact that you can make your own. You can choose your sauce, veggies, protein, and finishers for £9.95 (which is the same price as if you chose a pizza off the standard menu).
Address: 4 Charlotte Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ

Theres No Place Like Home – the name of this place is cute enough and its the name and the sign outside that caught our attention. This place serves Scottish/French cuisine and the menu looks divine. On further research we loved the sound of this place even more, their website states ‘ the restaurant exists for a Social Mission. Our customers can pay meals forward for the homeless, and we offer training and employment opportunities for Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged people’. This is such a lovely concept and we wish we knew this sooner otherwise we would’ve popped in. One to most certainly visit when in Edinbirgh, but please note on Monday’s Theres No Place Like Home is open for an exclusive service for the homeless, where they can dine with dignity.
Address: 7-8 Queensferry St, Edinburgh EH2 4PA

Pumpkin Brown – this is the healthy eating place to head to if youre into your super healthy food. We loved the look of this place and the menu looks great too especially all the different salads.
Address: 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU

Lowdown Coffee – If you need a coffee stop whilst doing some shopping in Edinburgh then this is your place. Just behind the back entrance to Primark make sure you pop here for your caffeine fix. This place is what the name suggests, low down! You head down some stairs to the basement entrance and there is also some lovely outdoor seating in the courtyard too.
Address: 40 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LE

Henderson Vegan – The vegan/vegetarian restaurant seemed to be behind their main shop/deli, which of course you could visit. Established in 1968, formerly Hendersons Bistro and then went 100% Vegan in July 2015. As the Bistro was almost 90% vegan for 40 years it made sense to go completely vegan, making the little restaurant the first of its kind in Edinburgh. If you’re vegan, vegetarian or not you look like you’re in for a real culinary treat.
Address: 25c Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DX

Archipelago Bakery – with its cute blue sign and a couple of seats outside, this place looks like the perfect spot for a drink and homemade cake or two. However you can also enjoy an array of savoury delights too, so this place will suit all.
Address: 39 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 6QQ

Cuckoo Bakery – we found this place on Instagram (@cuckoosbakery) and loved a shot they did with iced coffee and it was actually on route back to our hotel from the centre so we managed to stop in for a coffee. There are 2 branches in Edinbugh to visit so you should hopefully be near at least one! The cupcakes may be quite pricey but they do look srummy and they have a variety of different flavours and some unique flavours too. You can also get vegan cupcakes from here too. The iced coffee was delicious none the less. We have written a more detailed post about Cuckoo’s Bakery which can be read here.
Address: 150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ & 116 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4ES

56 North – this place looked like a good place for a drink as it was so big. There was lots of outdoor seating too, although the blue seats were a little ugly! There was a funny gin slogan on the side of the bar, which makes sense as its actually a gin bar (also serves food and cocktails for those who don’t want gin!
Address: 2 W Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9JP

Checkpoint – the breakfast/brunch at this places looks right up our street, and oh my the choices as well. We would struggle to pick from their epic menu! You can also visit for lunch/dinner where you can enjoy a burger or salad. The wine list is large too and the place looked very nice inside.
Address: 3 Bristo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 1EY

Frisky – the cutest pinkest frozen yoghurt place we ever did see. We actually didn’t see many frozen yoghurt places in Edinburgh so this was a welcomed surprise. We actually planned to go back here one afternoon but we were so full from brunch we couldn’t manage one. We were gutted as it looks great and frozen yoghurt is one of our faves especially when hot. Please note this place doesn’t open until midday.
Address: 13 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QH

Brunch & Supper – We actually crossed the road to take a look at this place, we think its the word ‘brunch’ that attracted our attention. As the name suggests you can visit here in the day for brunch and then in the evening for supper.
Address: 37-39 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL

The Edinburgh Press Club – Just off Edinburghs Royal Mile is this large coffee shop, and although large it still looks cute and cosy. There are huge windows with high tables looking to the street and lots of comfy seats too. We love the big coffee sign above the counter.
Address: 20-30 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1NY

The Milkman – this cute cafe is in the busiest part of Edinburgh but in an old store with the sign still up ‘confection snacks cigarettes’. We walked past and had a nosy in and loved that they served milkshakes and iced coffess in jam jars. Definitely one to visit when in the centre of Edinburgh.
Address: Toddle In, 7 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

Wellington Coffee – this coffee shop is also close to the shops so one to pop in when having a day of shopping. This cafe was located on the corner of the fancy shopping street as we called it. The street which had the higher end shops on it! This coffee shop is located on the basement and has a cute basement courtyard to sit in too.
Address: 33A George St, Edinburgh EH2 2HN

We hope you enjoyed reading our foodie post because we sure did enjoy writing it. We learn so much from writing these posts as sadly we don’t get to visit them all so we go off photos we take and looking through the windows of places!

You will have to let us know if you have visited any of the above or if you are planning on visiting any!

The Key To Avoiding Delhi Belly On Holiday

Travel is one of the most edifying and fulfilling things a person can do. Travel broadens our horizons, and exposes us to new people, places and cultures. It introduces us to a wealth of new sights, sounds, scents and tastes and these help to create the memories that we’ll carry with us wherever we go for the rest of our lives. One of the beautiful things about living in a multicultural society like the UK is how the range of different cultural and culinary influences engender an appetite for variety. But while we may be able to walk down any high street and enjoy everything from burritos to baked potatoes, from seafood to schwarma, there’s no substitute for trying new foods made authentically in their native countries.

But while an appetite for culinary adventurism is all well and good, it can inadvertently end up ruining our trip. A bad case of delhi belly or food poisoning will see you spending the rest of your holiday getting to know a whole lot about your hotel bathroom, and very little else as you spend your days filling in a holiday illness claim form rather than enjoying your chosen destination. If you’re a consummate foodie, you need to be able to enjoy your food without grappling with horrible stomach cramps. Here are a few ways in which you can avoid a dreaded case of Delhi belly…

DONT DRINK THE WATER
Needless to say, whenever you travel abroad it’s not advisable to drink the water, especially when travelling throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America where they have a less robust plumbing infrastructure. Not only should you avoid drinking the water, you should avoid eating fresh fruit and veggies that have been washed in it. By all means buy fresh fruits and veggies (it’s one of the best things about travelling overseas) but wash them in bottled water first. This guide to drinking tap water will help if you’re unsure about whether the drinking water in your destination is safe.

DONT GO CRAZY WITH THE RICH FOODS
When travelling around places like India and southern Asia many Westerners find themselves experiencing what they think are food poisoning symptoms which are actually mild IBS from adjusting to the different diets. You are exposing your body to a totally new cuisine full of amazing flavours so no wonder your body is feeling funny! An Indian diet in particular is rich in fats, sugars and spices which is a shock to the system for those accustomed to a bland Western diet. By all means help yourself to that delicious looking curry, but we suggest you pace yourself and build up your tolerance for the spicy and fatty foods.

AVOID MEAT
There are many reasons why eating less meat and eating more veggies beneficial for your health and the environment, but when travelling abroad eating meat can increase your risk of falling ill as a result of your diet far more than its plant based counterpart. Dead animals are (unsurprisingly) excellent incubators for bacteria and as not every country’s health codes are comparable it’s possible that the meat you eat could be kept in unsanitary conditions which makes them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. In some countries a veggie filled stomach may be a happier stomach – when visiting far away counties we often go veggie for travelling!