The book industry is one that is continually evolving, with the rise of the digital era and constant market changes. Whilst huge corporations such as Amazon are growing bigger and more powerful, indie publishers are increasingly becoming embedded in the communities of towns and cities. Certainly in Edinburgh, there’s a real sense of locals supporting their indie bookshops, which have some of the most passionate booksellers, and well-stocked and beautifully curated shelves.
It’s currently the 7th November and I can’t quite believe I’m writing a guide to Edinburgh’s Christmas. How we are in the eleventh month of the year is a complete mystery and the thought of Christmas shopping season being upon us so soon is both exciting and mind blowing. This aside, Christmas in Edinburgh is really quite magical and one of my favourite times of the year. If you’re planning a winter break, then Edinburgh is a great choice and will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.
Last month, I went to my first ever insta-meet, organised by the lovely itsalexhamilton (check out his Instagram account, which features gorgeous street photography). After meeting outside one of the cities dreamiest coffee shop, The Milkman, we headed around the Old Town to take some snaps of the city.
If you don’t mind crowds of people, getting bashed by the odd selfie stick and moving at a speed of an elderly tortoise (in the Old Town at least) then it’s definitely worth battling the Royal Mile to get a taste of what’s on this Festival season. It is virtually impossible to walk down the Royal Mile without being handed a flyer for the best comedy, performance or show – it’s actually a great way of discovering a show you might not have been aware was on. The Edinburgh Fringe has a great website but with so much on it can be a little overwhelming to navigate. Even the app returns hundreds of results!
If you are a regular reader of EditsOfJo then it will no surprise to you that Stockbridge is one of my favourite places to visit in Edinburgh. I love how close it is to the centre of Edinburgh yet feels quite removed with the sleepy Dean Village and the Water of Leith. It has some really gorgeous boutiques and some great cafes that are hugely affordable and serve good coffee and food. Not only this, there are a great number of things to do here that it is easy to lose yourself in this part of the city for a day.
Last weekend, my parents came to visit me for the first time since I made the big move up to Scotland. Miraculously for a bank holiday weekend, the weather was fully cooperative and the sun shone for (almost) the entire weekend. Having never been further north than Sheffield, it was brilliant to show my parents my new home and city. We ticked a number of things of our ‘to-see’ list over the course of the weekend whilst still having time to catch up and relax together.
One of the things I love most about Edinburgh is the copious amounts of independent coffee shops. There are so many lovely places to grab a coffee to go or even better, to sit in somewhere cosy and wile away the morning people watching and getting stuck into a good old book.