For a pre-show cocktails, head to Bramble on Queen Street. Our favourite there is a Blueberry Soup (served in a delicate china teacup). Or if you fancy a bit of bubbly, head to the pop-up Pommery Champagne Bar at The Signet Library.
For a quick lunch, Union of Genius on Forrest Road serve up some mighty fine soups – in bread bowls. Or head to The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street (which is pronounced Co-burn Street, if you want to avoid any embarrassment when asking for directions!).
For something more substantial, head to Oink on Victoria Street. You’ll recognise them by the pig in the window. They’ll do you a hog roast roll with haggis (or apple sauce). Veggies, on the other hand, should head to David Bann on St Mary’s Street for Thai fritters, chilli tarts with chocolate sauce and chunky chips with homemade tomato and apple ketchup.
If you find yourself with any free time (or just need away from the crowds), head to the rooftop terrace on top of the National Museum. There’ll you find a fabulous (and free) view of the city.
For a spot of shopping, head to Hannah Zakari on Candlemaker Row for uber cute jewellery and tote bags. Then to the Grassmarket, for vintage emporium Armstrongs for retro finds and fabulous costumes, and to Godiva for indie design and reworked vintage.
Check out Zoe’s blog www.conversationpieces.co.uk for all things design, pretty things and thrifty finds… and a sprinkling of wedding loveliness.
Also check out Zoe’s best at Edinburgh Fringe 2012