A Day out in Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Botanical gardens are my jam! Since I haven’t finished writing my posts about Edinburgh and Glasgow, I thought I’d start out with what I usually save for last!
We had pretty soft winter weather while we were in Scotland and because it was not too cold and wet, we decided to discover the green beauty of Edinburgh and maybe even walk all the way down to the seaside. Not everything went according to plan, as you’ll read later on, but I really enjoyed this day in the city. It was good, it was relaxed and I ate well. That too, will be proven by the photos later on in this post. Enjoy Edinburgh!

We walked from George Street down to the Canon Mills area where we stumbled upon Coffee Angel (24-27 Brandon Terrace). These coffee places are the same all around the world and give you that comforting feeling of being “home”. Since it was still early in the morning, and the only breakfast we had had were chocolate chip buns from the Marks & Spencer food hall, we went in for a coffee and a more decent bite to eat. There a lot of cozy coffee bars and bakeries hidden throughout Edinburgh and they offer affordable breakfast options for students. Coffee Angel had a few very good looking cookies on display as well and I could not resist adding one to my order. 

Due to it being winter, there wasn’t much to see in the botanic garden. We wandered around all the different parts of the garden and had fun watching the squirrels play around and search for food. It was nice to be out of the city after a few busy days. We discussed our plans for Glasgow and sat on a bench doing nothing for a while. We contemplated buying a ticket for the glasshouses, but decided not to which I do regret a little. I’ve heard good things about the Victoria’s they have (those are a giant type of water lilies) and those of you who’ve been reading The Ginger Diaries for a long time might remember how excited I get about water lilies! When we came to the main entrance of the gardens (we came in through a side-entrance) we decided to cross Inverleith park and find our way to the seaside, just because we were curious to see what was happening there. Long story short: we walked the wrong direction. K’s fault. Don’t look at me!

After our very much failed attempt to walk further down to the seaside, we went back to the garden and hung around until it was time for diner. We wanted to get back to a nice looking place that we had spotted in Canon Mills that morning, but when we got there it seemed like half of Scotland was in the building! We eventually ended up in Earthy (1-6 Canonmills Bridge), an eatery that aims to serve you local, seasonal and organic produce and that breathes a warm and cozy atmosphere. K had been looking forward to a good bowl of chili-con-carne and I went with a burger, just because the guy next to me at the communal table had ordered it and I didn’t fancy anything else after seeing how delicious it looked! Afterwards we enjoyed a good ole cappuccino. Too bad I was too full to try their also very good looking rocky road. 
Even though we did a lot of walking on this particular day, I think it was my favorite day of all. The fact that I also bought my Reiss dress on this day, might have had something to do with that.  I’m going to do my best to finish up my posts about Edinburgh city and Glasgow soon, so I can share my stories with you before we’re six moths later. I need to work on my scheduling skills if I want to keep juggling this blog and my studies. I hope you enjoyed these photos and I will see you – or plan to see you – on Thursday! 


  1. 9 February 2015 / 23:14

    That cappuccino looks delicious!

  2. Samantha Mariko
    10 February 2015 / 04:32

    wow, this looks like such a peaceful place, it would be perfect for a getaway from the hectic lifestyle of the city! lovely photos 🙂

  3. Stevia
    10 February 2015 / 10:32

    these are such beautiful photos 🙂

    I love the food shots making me craving for a coffee now 😉

    The Sweetest

  4. 10 February 2015 / 10:32

    Oh don’t stress about scheduling Nikki, study and real life is always more important! That being said, I do really enjoy your travel posts so I’m glad you’re going to try post them all soon hehe! 🙂

    Such nice photos, as always. You’re really very talented. The food looks tasty too! Did you feed the squirrels while you were in the gardens? I have memories of feeding them peanuts when i was there (a long time ago!) they are very cute, it’s a shame we don’t have squirrels here in Australia!

    Away From The Blue

  5. 10 February 2015 / 22:04

    Alééé! Je had die grijze eekhoorns moeten neerknuppelen, die zijn daar een pest :p

    • 11 February 2015 / 12:15

      We hadden het er gisteren op café ook nog over. Die grijze mormels verjagen de rosse eekhoorentjes en iedereen weet dat rosse dingen leuker zijn! Nee, serieus, ook hier in België wordt al veel over die Amerikaanse eekhoorns gepraat. Bij ons in het bos zitten ze voorlopig nog niet! Allemaal kleine schattige rossen in onze tuin!

  6. Alice
    11 February 2015 / 16:30

    aww it looks such a nice place! i love that little squirrel and the café seems so cozy! 🙂
    Alice’s Pink Diary

  7. 12 February 2015 / 21:18

    Oh wat een mooie foto’s! Dat leek me echt wel een fijne dag. En je planning, ik heb er zelf ook moeite mee de laatste tijd, maar het lukt je vast en zeker wel!

    X Sara

  8. 15 February 2015 / 20:03

    I’m so jealous of all your travels! The garden looks absolutely beautiful. Coffee is served much prettier in Europe than the US!

  9. 15 February 2015 / 22:23

    gorgeous foto’s! het ziet er geweldig uit daar 😀

  10. 16 February 2015 / 16:34

    Your posts always remind me to look at see where botanical gardens are in the places I visit!

  11. 17 February 2015 / 11:16

    Oh dat eekhoorntje is way to cute! ^^ Wij hebben in Edinburgh ook best veel in de natuur rondgedwaald en eigenlijk was dat wel leuk 🙂 Ben benieuwd naar de rest van je verhalen!
    En nu krijg ik zin in zo’n lekkere koffie, met al je veel te schone foto’s van perfecte coffee art met cookies! Yummmmm

  12. 23 February 2015 / 23:11

    The gardens look beautiful, even in the winter. They must be gorgeous in season. You look lovely as usual!

  13. Anna D Kart
    25 February 2015 / 05:49

    Even though it’s winter, it still looks pretty! I would love to have winter like that 🙂


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