If you are planning to visit Edinburgh, chances are that you have already prepared a list of the best tourist attractions of the city you will be visiting. But, these attractions are quite common and most of the times you will find these places crowded with both tourists and locals.
I have been to Edinburgh couple of times now, I consider myself lucky as I was able to explore some of the hidden gems of the capital city of Scotland. So, if you are looking to make your trip exciting, make sure you have been to these top 7 lesser known hidden gems in Edinburgh.
If you are visiting in the month of August, then you can get to witness the world’s largest arts festival: the Fringe Festival. This festival attracts some of the popular names and the unknown names in the arts industry. This festival boasts that it has ‘something for everyone’ and every time you get to see something new here.
Fringe Festival has lots of things you get to explore for the first time including – kids’ theatre, boylesque, modern dance, circus, breakdancing, cabaret, and live music. Well, I won’t be wrong in saying that this festival celebrates international art and culture. Attend this festival and you will have something to fill every hour of your day.
Opened in 2009, the Jupiter Artland garden has quickly become a major part of the art scene of the UK. It covers a total area of 200-acre and it takes around two hours to explore this magnificent gem. One thing that makes this place interesting is that this place is full of surprises. Here, you get to explore pre-eminent collections of modern sculpture. Entering the park, first, you get to see Charles Jencks ‘Life Mounds’ (make sure you click some photos) and Jim Lambie’s jovial creation (a unique blend of colours).
You also get to explore artwork by 4 new artists including – Peter Liversidge, Cornelia Parker, Jim Lambie, and Nathan Coley. Some of the permanent displays comprise of iconic pieces by Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor. When you are done exploring the striking artwork of Jupiter Artland, you get to relax and taste some of the best variety of freshly baked cakes, coffee, tea, soups, and sandwiches. If you are visiting along with your kids, then this café has a separate kid’s menu as well.
You will also find a famous bakery on Albert Street, Sicilian Pastry Shop, and it is a must-visit if you love the sweet stuff. It is a family-run bakery and this is the place where you get to enjoy some of the best Sicilian pastries. Don’t expect the shop to be too swanky, as it is a small shop but the cakes and other items are fresh, creative, delicate, and colourful.
This place remains crowded most of the times and you may have to be a part of the long queues to order, remember this place is closed on Sundays. It is the variety that makes this place a hidden gem of Edinburgh including – Gluten free brownie, Almond Bakewell Tart, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, and Cream Swan (my favourite). It’s not just the variety that makes this place special but it is the reasonable price you have to pay for tasting these heavenly items.