Did you know that each of the nine apartments at Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood is named after a former resident?
Introducing Robert Cadell, Sir Walter Scott’s personal publishing mogul! Cadell was the inspiration behind one of our Studio Apartments at Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood – the apartment’s ingenious use of space is down to a generous smattering of creative licence. With a design narrative that truly flows, the open-plan kitchen and dining area is punctuated by historic features like exposed brickwork and mod cons, including dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine. Effortlessly comfortable, there’s even room for some cosy seating and a plump sofa.
Edinburgh is officially a UNESCO City of Literature, and my-oh-my does it have the history to prove it! Its main railway station, Waverley, is named for a series of 19th century novels by Sir Walter Scott while working authors resident here include Kate Atkinson, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith (not to mention its part in the conception of a certain boy wizard). Edinburgh has literature nailed – but where would one go to find such curios?
Golden Hare Books
Places such as Golden Hare Books keep the physical book alive in our digital era. This bespoke book emporium is filled with an expertly curated selection of literary finds, from fiction to signed editions. With ‘a love and appreciation for book design at its heart’, the sleek layout lets the books shine, sparking with all manner of curiosities. While the children’s section is unrivalled, the contagious community spirit of Golden Hare exists in the regular events and author signings.
If the interior of a second-hand and antiquarian bookshop should feel like a wander through a novel by Borges or Eco, then Armchair Books is a winner – shelves groaning under the weight of pre-owned literature. Small, cramped, untidy, chaotic – and totally enchanting! Something is always peeking out that’s sure to grab your fancy and it has the rare distinction of being one of the only bookshops in the city that thrives from its disorganisation. A bookshop, through and through, and the perfect place to find the surprise you didn’t know you wanted.
Old Town Bookshop
Famously everyone favourite stop along Victoria Street, Old Town Bookshop sits around the corner from the National Library of Scotland and always feels like it’s in the shadow of the castle, right at the heart of the city. On a summer’s day, the streets are packed and loud, and it’s wonderful to just step inside silence for a few moments and browse a terrific section of fiction. While the non-fiction section is smaller than in other bookshops, it stands out as always having a surprise or two and a great selection in the art and travel departments of which it specialises.
Found within McNaughtan’s Gallery on Haddington Place, it’s easy to lose track of time in Typewronger Books with its retro chairs, vintage typewriter selection and new and indie press reads. This unique book browsing experience is made even brighter with pots of fresh coffee and the odd origami animal upon arrival – seriously. They made us an origami frog. We called it Maurice and it now resides in the reception of Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood, keeping a safe watch over all… Anyway! Although new to the capital’s reading scene, Typewronger Books it feels like home straight away thanks to founder Tom’s extensive book knowledge and bookselling background. The personalised book subscription service caters to avid readers looking for a steady flow of hand-picked finds.
Topping & Co. Booksellers
Sipping your Italian coffee as you recline into an armchair, gazing out across Calton Hill? You must be in Edinburgh’s newest bookshop: Topping & Co! Special features include a beautiful art room with oval shaped bookcases. Something too high up to reach? Not a problem – this bookshop even has library ladders, so you can scan your favourites from floor to ceiling. With over 70,000 titles to enjoy, you’re sure to find something wonderful.
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