In honour of my 23rd birthday, my friend and I decided to get the train up to Edinburgh for a day of wining, dining and of course shopping! We set off from Newcastle donned in our most summery outfits with a Starbucks fruit smoothie in hand. I’d not been to Edinburgh since I was a littlin’, so I was pretty excited to explore the city, especially the shops (Oliver Bonas was literally bellowing my name).
The sun was shining in the morning and so we spent some time milling around Princess Street Gardens and taking some not-at-all-cheesy pictures before heading for Afternoon tea. We went to an extravagant place called The Dome and indulged in finger sandwiches with their crusts cut off, fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and a selection of tasty cakes, including a to-die-for pistachio macaron. My friend stuck to traditional breakfast tea, but feeling adventurous, I opted for a pot of Red Berry tea which was sweet and juicy and delicious – I’d definitely recommend it.
Our experience at The Dome was certainly one to remember, as two Geordie lasses, we were far from prepared for the hushed dining room and delicate china, but once we figured out how to correctly use our tea strainers we basked in the experienced and behaved like the ladies we were born to be (pinkies up and all).
After high tea, we spent a significant amount of time on a wild goose chase trying to locate Oliver Bonas, which incidentally turned out to be round the corner from the place we started. Once we located the mothership we must have spent over an hour exploring every inch of the store. I wanted everything; the pineapple trinket box; the pastel cushions; the decorative suitcases; and the gorgeous pink accent chair. I restrained myself from blowing an entires month wage and left pleased as punch with an Elderflower Fizz Candle, a Ginger & Lime Handwash and the promise of an online order in my near future.
Another store we paid a visit to was Anthropology, I didn’t buy anything, but I could certainly fancy myself with some of those rose-gold trimmed plates!
All that shopping was thirsty work and having concluded that is was 5 ‘o’ clock somewhere it only seemed polite to indulge in some cocktails. We came across a quirky bar called the boozy cow located underground on Frederick street. This was polar opposite from our elegant afternoon tea experience, but the cocktails were delicious! My fave was a Vodka, raspberry and elderflower concoction called Pink Angel.
Several beverages later, we emerged from underground to find the heavens had opened which was far from ideal considering our outfit choices, nevertheless, we soldiered on in the miserable weather, browsing some familiar high street stores. Later on in the evening, we stopped at Chiquitos for fajitas and you guessed it, more cocktails. We caught the train back to Newcastle, but not before investing in some pink souvenir socks to keep our rain-soaked feet cosy on the journey home.
Overall a grand day out! Let me know if you’ve been to Edinburgh, or which city you would recommend for a day trip?