What The Dickins: A Tale Of Edinburgh City

10 Brilliant Edinburgh Blog Posts You Need To Read

We’re passionate about how beautiful Edinburgh is and how much the city has to offer, which is something that we try to convey through our blog “What the Dickins: A Tale of Edinburgh City”. From finding out what exciting events are on to exploring hidden gems, we love sharing our discoveries with you.

During the past year, we’ve published many blog posts that we think are useful for anyone living in, visiting or with an interest in Edinburgh. In this round-up post, we’ve picked ten articles from the past year that we think are helpful or interesting and we hope that they will come in handy for our readers. Here they are!

6 Fascinating Secret Edinburgh Locations

Edinburgh is known for its famous attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Calton Hill, so naturally, most people gravitate toward these; but, there are more layers to this fascinating city that deserve to be explored and we choose six of our favourite hidden gems in Edinburgh.

The Best Guide to Charity Shopping in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Charity Shop

If you enjoy charity shopping or fancy testing the waters to see if it’s for you, you’ll be glad to hear that Edinburgh has an abundance of excellent charity shops! To help you navigate through the city’s many charity shops, we’ve created an Edinburgh Charity Shop Guide to the best areas for charity shopping and we’ve even included a few of our favourite shops in those areas.

10 Toddler-Friendly Cafes/Restaurants in Edinburgh

If you’ve ever been around a toddler you might’ve noticed that they’re usually not very good at sitting still – especially not in a cafe or restaurant environment! Luckily there are plenty of places here in Edinburgh where you can grab some food or coffee and cake without your little one getting bored.

Independent Bookshops You Have to Visit in Edinburgh

Bookshops are alive and well in Edinburgh. Both new and secondhand independent bookshops have long been an integral part of the city and it’s great to see them thriving in the digital age! To help you navigate around the city’s best and most-loved bookshops, we have put together a guide of our favourites, accompanied by local cafe recommendations.

Time for walkies! Top Spots to Go Off-the-Lead Around Edinburgh

Monty - Tours With Paws

In 2017, Edinburgh was crowned ‘greenest’ city in the UK, and therefore this makes the city a wonderful place to visit/stay with your dog. Gareth from Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours kindly let us in on some of the best spots to go for a relaxing leash-free walk with your dog around Edinburgh.

Best Places to Enjoy a Cup of Tea in Edinburgh

Lovecrumbs cake shop

Here in Edinburgh, we are blessed with countless great independent cafés to choose from. But, for those of you who aren’t a huge fan of coffee, or on occasion enjoy a good speciality tea, here is a selection of great cafés where you can indulge in a lovely cup of tea in Edinburgh.

How To Spend a Weekend in Stockbridge

Stockbridge Edinburgh

There are many lovely areas in Edinburgh, but Stockbridge has to be one of our favourites with its charming village-like atmosphere, an abundance of cafes and restaurants, independent store, and its friendly locals. So, here is our guide to spending the perfect weekend in Stockbridge!

The Ultimate Edinburgh Independent Gift Guide!

We wanted to shine a light on the many fabulous independent businesses based in Edinburgh, as well as provide you with a little gift inspiration. Our gift guide includes gifts for women, men, and children, all under £75!

6 of the Best Vegan-Friendly Places in Edinburgh Right Now

The vegan lifestyle is gaining popularity and Emma who runs the local guide to vegan food in Edinburgh, Vegan Edinburgh, kindly shared with us where to get the best vegan food in Edinburgh at the moment!

The Insider’s Guide to Bruntsfield, Edinburgh


There are many wonderful areas in Edinburgh, and Bruntsfield is definitely one of them. However, it’s an area often neglected by tourists, which means you’ll have the opportunity to experience the village-style suburb as a local. We’ve put together an insider’s guide to help you discover the best restaurants, shops, and entertainment!

Want to visit Edinburgh?

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