Jamie Reid is an Edinburgh-based blogger who goes by the name Review Finder Foodie.
As this suggests, he’s all about finding and sharing the best eats across the capital and beyond.
We challenged him to pick his favourite spots and were delighted that he branched out beyond food to furry friends…
Just a short detour from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Cranston Street, you can indulge in a chocolate-lover’s dream.
This award winning chocolate experience will take you on a tour of the origins of the much loved treat, as well as being able to experience the chocolate manufacturing process from their micro-factory.
The highlight of your day will be making your very own chocolate bar to take home. or perhaps it will be The Chocolatarium’s Tasting Room – home of samples of over 40 different types of chocolate from around the globe.
Did you know that there was a place just a short drive from Edinburgh’s city centre where you can take adorable alpacas for a walk around the foot of the Pentland Hills?
At the BobCat Alpacas farm, you can expect to find a herd of eager alpacas all looking to stretch their legs and find some fresh foliage. This is a truly tranquil experience with these calm and gentle beasts.
After some exercise, you are able to feed the alpacas and meet some of the rest of the herd. BobCat Alpacas also sell the shorn fleece and offer therapy visits to care facilities and schools.
Named so for the cannonball lodged in its brickwork, this restaurant at the head of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is steeped in rich Scottish history and folklore. They even have their very own resident ghost!
Run by Victor and Carina Contini, you’ll be sure to find finely crafted traditional Scottish dining, including the iconic dessert shaped like a cannonball. You can also expect a scenic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and the Esplanade. Below the restaurant is Cannonball Bar, serving over 150 Scotch whiskies. One to experience if you’re visiting the capital.
For more foodie tips, follow Jamie at @reviewfinderfoodie on Instagram.
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