MAY 2014 in Edinburgh

Visit: Local Motive

Edinburgh’s Waverley station is set to host a market under its famous glass canopy for the first time in over 40 years, with local social enterprises and passengers set to become the primary beneficiaries.

The new venture, run by LocalMotive Markets, will operate every Friday from 2 May. The market, which will operate from 11am to 7pm, will include a range of arts and crafts and food stalls. Make Platform 2 your Friday destination for ethically-sourced gifts, local products and tasty treats.

Every Friday | Waverly Station | localmotivemarkets.co.uk

Enjoy : Whisky Month

Whether you’re a whisky novice or a real connoisseur, join Scotland in the month-long, country-wide celebrations of our national drink as part of Homecoming Scotland’s Whisky Month in May. Taking in a diverse range of events that spread across the country, explore Scottish landscape, food and culture through whisky and discover the unique characteristics of Scotland’s whisky regions with behind-the-scenes experiences and distillery tours.

All of May  | Countrywide | visitscotland.com

Enjoy: Imaginate Festival 

The Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people and runs from Monday 5 to Monday 12 May 2014 at venues across Edinburgh.

Every year the Festival presents the finest selection of shows from Scotland and across the world; each and every one adding their own wonderful character and zest to a programme of exciting and stimulating shows to suit children and adults of every age. This year we are delighted to welcome companies from Scotland, Australia, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway.

05 - 12 May |  Across the City  | imaginate.org.uk

Visit: Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers that lie below ground to the south of Gilmerton crossroads. The entrance to Gilmerton Cove is through a visitor centre adapted from a traditional mining cottage. This cottage now houses imaginative audio and visual displays that depict the various theories behind the origins of Gilmerton Cove which, after extensive archaeological and historical research, still remain a mystery. These include theories that it was the unique work of an 18th century local blacksmith George Paterson, a drinking den for gentry, a refuge for persecuted Covenanters and a smugglers lair.

By appointment | Gilmerton Village | gilmertoncove.org.uk

Drink: The Devils Advocate 

The Devil’s Advocate opened in November at 9 Advocate’s Close, and is the newest project from Stu McCluskey, the entrepreneur behind Edinburgh’s acclaimed Bon Vivant bars. With a focus on seasonal produce, the cozy but stylish new bar and restaurant focuses on local and seasonal produce, with more than a splash of whisky on the menu (over 100 in fact). But it’s not all about enjoying a tipple, the restaurant has its own coffee station open from 8am.

Daily | 9 Advocates Close | devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk

Shop: Dick’s

Dick's idea was to bring together a carefully selected collection of menswear, accessories and homewares. We want to support small, independent manufacturers, both old and new, who specialise in their craft and have a common philosophy of quality and longevity. 

Open Tues to Sat  | 3 N W Circus Place  | dicks-edinburgh.co.uk

Enjoy: Scottish Opera’s Madama Butterfly

Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Foregoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, his production lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.

08 May -17 May | Festival Theatre |  Booking edtheatres.com

Eat: Afternoon Tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse

Mimi’s Bakehouse is a bustling family run bakery located in the scenic Shore area of Leith. Specialising in a variety of lovingly baked and award winning cakes, cupcakes, tray bakes & scones.  They live by the sentiment “it’s all about the cake” which proudly hangs above their over-abundant cake cabinet. No visit to Mimi’s would be complete without a peak at the delicious wonders that lie inside.  With a superb selection of teas, why not push the boat out and add a glass of sparkling champagne.

Open 7 days | 63 Shore, Edinburgh |  mimisbakehouse.com

Discover:  Edinburgh, City of Literature

Home and the inspiration to many great writers, Edinburgh is rightly proud of its accreditation as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.  This award recognises not only Edinburgh’s historical literary roots, but also gives credit to its on-going activity to promote the city’s championing of Scotland’s literature.   For those wishing to tread in the footsteps of your literary heroes, there are a variety of tours which come highly recommended.  Designed to entertain, thrill and amuse, why not start by exploring the Edinburgh City of Literature website to view the latest events and tours.

All year round | City wide | cityofliterature.com

Shop: IJ Mellis Cheeses

The smell alone, even from the street, is unmissable. Once inside the narrow, tall original branch of this deservedly acclaimed small chain, it can be overwhelming, as can the looming giant rounds on shelves up to the ceiling. The vintage-style painted sign above the entrance suggest a quirky throwback, but this is about a very current obsession with fine new cheeses by dedicated local producers. Staff will be eager to have you try cheeses from across Europe and inventive new Scottish brie, blue and smoked varieties, while a small range of accompaniments, like breads, chutneys and meats, makes up a possible picnic.

Open Mon—Sun | 30a Victoria Street | mellischeese.net