MARCH 2014 in Edinburgh

94DR's top tips for March 2014,  Our eyes, ears and mouth guide to getting the best out of your trip to Edinburgh.

Shop: Goodstead

Rose Street is the pedestrian street running parallel to Princes Street, more famous for its pubs and seafood restaurants than its shopping but this store is a must visit for the label lover. It's not the cheapest but it does offer a good selection of pared down, non-garish summer dresses by Sessun and APC for her, and striped espadrilles and MHL by Margaret Howell shirts and blazers for him. High-top Nikes, leather iPod covers, tortoiseshell sunglasses and woven belts are among further temptations.

Daily | 76 Rose Street, Edinburgh | goodstead.co.uk 

Enjoy: Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland

Edinburgh`s Festival of Ireland is a celebration of Edinburgh`s own Irish community. A little bit of Ireland descends upon Edinburgh in the run-up to St Patrick's Day. Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a multi-arts, family-friendly celebration of the Emerald Isle, with storytelling, music, dance, talks, comedy and food & drink events.

March | Across the City | edinburghsfestivalofireland.org

See: Rosslyn Chapel

Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. The chapel took 40 years to complete and its ornate stonework and symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – visitors ever since. A new visitor centre tells the Chapel’s story from its medieval origins to the Da Vinci Code and present day. There is a good bus service from Edinburgh city centre (#15) to Roslin village (seven miles south of Edinburgh) and also a free car park.

Daily | Rosslyn Chapel | rosslynchapel.org.uk

Drink : Bramble

You could easily miss Bramble from the street. A bit of artificial grass constituting a smoking area and a small spray-painted logo are all that distinguish this fantastic basement cocktail bar from the clothes-alteration shop above it. Visit after work and some charming barmen will happily deal with your indecisiveness, coercing you into ordering something delicious.

6A Queen Street | 0131-226 6343 | bramblebar.co.uk. 

Dine Out: Restaurant Mark Greenaway

The eponymous chef joshed his way through the Great British Menu earlier this year, a good showcase for his newly relocated restaurant and its ever-entertaining menu featuring plenty of foams, fumes and flashy finishes. It’s great food for all that, full of imagination and culinary intricacy.

69 North Castle Street, New Town | 0131 226 1155 | markgreenaway.com

Enjoy: Hidden Door Festival 

Hidden door brings together a dynamic mix of artists, performers and art forms under one roof and create an exciting immersive environment together. 

80 visual artists, 50 live music acts, 40 film makers, 30 poets, 30 performers, 20 animators, 9 unique parties, 2 live music vaults, 2 bars, 1 theatre, 1 cinema, 1 secret music venue, 1 site, 1 chance.

28 March – 5 April  | Market Street Vaults, Edinburgh | hiddendoor.org

Dine Out: The Scran & Scallie

When headlining local chef Tom Kitchin announced he was opening a pub in 2013, the locals got excited. While the Perthshire croft meets Victoriana dining room is barely recognisable as a public bar, it is serving a combination of down-the-line pub classics alongside old Scottish recipes and highlights from the offal revival, all impressively well cooked and presented.

1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge | 0131 332 6281 | scranandscallie.com

Visit: Stockbridge Market 

Why not to dedicate your Sunday exploring the bohemian Stockbridge area and have your breakfast at the Stockbridge Market. You can also do your weekly organic food shopping along with souvenir shopping here. Stalls offer a wide range of products from fresh seafood to fruit and vegetables, from bakery treats to hand-crafted soaps and jewellery. Special tip ; Check the market's website for the most up-to-date list of weekly traders.

every Sunday | Saunders Street, Stockbridge | stockbridgemarket.com

Drink: Panda & Sons 

Panda & Sons is in the West End of Edinburgh. They operate as a Speakeasy under the disguise of a vintage Barber Shop. So as a hint once you see the Panda logo you know you have come to the right libation destination, Great cocktails and nibbles! 

Daily | 79 Queen Street | pandaandsons.com

View: Scottish Colourists: JD Fergusson

The National Galleries of Scotland’s landmark Scottish Colourist Series of exhibitions culminates this winter with the eagerly anticipated retrospective of the work of J. D. Fergusson (1874-1961). Fergusson was born in Leith, and was essentially self-taught. He moved to Paris in 1907 where, more than any of his Scottish contemporaries, Fergusson assimilated and developed the latest developments in French painting.

until 15 June 2014 | Modern Two | nationalgalleries.org