Bagpipes playing their proud and cheery tunes, the hustle and bustle of Princes Street, Braveheart starring Mel Gibson himself and the polite Scots with their unique Scottish accent... We personally find Edinburgh, the characteristic capital of Scotland yet charming to visit!

For our #LocalTipsHC article series we had a chat with Annika, a passionate expat blogger who previously lived and studied in Edinburgh for her Bachelor's degree. Annika is the author behind the popular and informative travel blog Live, Laugh, Explore and currently she's enjoying her working life in Canada. Feel free to follow Annika's adventures also on Instagram @ankkuliini.

Here are Annika's local tips for an authentic culinary experience in the charming city of Edinburgh:


WHERE TO EAT ON A LOW COST

The Baked Potato Shop (56 Cockburn Street, Old Town)

The Baked Potato Shop in Edinburgh

Photo credits: The Baked Potato Shop

"This little potato shop claims to have the hottest tattie (that’s potato in Scottish) in town and they sure do! The Baked Potato Shop is open from early morning to late evening so it’s an excellent option for lunch, light dinner or a little late night snack. Prices are budget traveller friendly and they have a large selection of vegan yummies too."

The Chocolate Tree (123 Bruntsfield Place)

Chocolate tree

Photo credits: Annika Rautiola /Live Laugh Explore

"Every traveller needs a little treat sometimes, right? There is no better place to satisfy your sweet tooth than at the Chocolate Tree. An overwhelmingly large menu of hot chocolate is complemented by artisan chocolates, delicious cakes and on summer time also Italian style gelato and sorbet. This little cafe is often full so be prepared to wait around a while – I guarantee it will be worth the wait! They also cater for special diets, including vegan."

After Annika's mouth-watering eating tips on a budget, go ahead and check our expertise tips where to sleep on a budget:

WHERE TO SLEEP ON A LOW COST

Malone's Old Town Hostel in Edinburgh

Malone's Old Town Hostel is small and cosy hostel located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, above one of the most popular pubs in town. Prices starting from 25.38 €.

City Stay Edinburgh offers cosy accommodation in shared rooms, situated on Queen Street in the centre of Edinburgh, in a terraced Georgian Townhouse overlooking Queen Street Gardens. Prices starting from 15.27 €.

The Hostel Edinburgh provides good value for an affordable price, housed in an elegant Victorian period building in Edinburgh's West End, a few steps from the cities most important sights. Prices starting from 16.70 €.

Haggis Hostels is one of the top rated hostels in Edinburgh and offers clean, comfortable, affordable city centre accommodation, in a renovated 18th-century Georgian building located on West Register Street.Prices starting from 44.73 €.