Picnics Much like the nearby Edinburgh Bakehouse, I’d walked past Picnics on a number of occasions, but usually late on weekend afternoons when it was closed. I found myself in this part of town and in need of a quick bite so stopped by.Exterior A pretty routine little sandwich counter space, the friendly owner greeted …

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Wul-Mamen Cafe I was sad to hear that Mam Kangu’s Delicacy on Dalry Road had closed – although with some prospect of a relocation – as we’re pretty light on west African cuisine in the city. Exterior I was heartened to spot the arrival Wul-Mamen on Clerk Street, where The Cholas once traded, so popped …

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Edinburgh Bakehouse I’d been a regular flyer-by of the Edinburgh Bakehouse with its bold above the door sign proclaiming “Everything Baked from Scratch”. I finally made it across their threshold on a lately taken lunchtime Thursday.Exterior It was one of those gloriously simple visits: I wanted a pie; the counter woman was on the phone; …

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Arthur’s Cafe “Hidden gem” is a term that I do not care for at all. Places need to be seen and are easily viewable if you’re looking. If they cultivate a secret status they need to be bloody good (Secret Herb Garden, for example) otherwise hidden gems quickly become failed businesses.The Arthur of the Week …

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Isola

Isola ExteriorI’d been rather a fan of Positano and their charismatic owner, so was sad to see the place close down. In its place and much in the same style, Isola recently opened. I popped in to give it a try. The interior is largely unchanged and still retains the feel from its famous chipshop …

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