Edinburgh has earned some serious kudos in recent years for its ever-growing health and wellness scene.
Here blogger Sarah Ormerod trawls the city’s burgeoning hot bed of health, fitness and virtuous eating establishments to carefully curate a definitive list of Edinburgh’s must visit, must follow health and wellbeing aficionados.
If you’re lacking motivation and reaching for the takeaway menus again, a browse through any one of these Instagram feeds will have you back on a health kick in no time.
“As fresh on the Edinburgh health scene as their juices, Juice Warrior are the newest kids on the block, opening in Edinburgh’s Arches by Waverley Station in the coming months. ‘Nothing added, nothing extracted’, they promise. If you’re keen for a taste of what they’re bringing to our fine city, check out their Instagram and website, where you can order for home delivery.”
“Grams make healthy, raw, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, clean cakes with only the finest unprocessed, natural and whole ingredients. Signature cakes include Snickers and cheesecakes, which come in a variety of unbelievable flavour combos, including strawberry and basil, as well as vanilla and Nutella fudge. Get down to grounds Coffee in Stockbridge, Real Foods on Broughton Street or on occasion the Stockbridge Market for your healthy sugar fix.”
The awesome Capetonian Andre (@lou_down_the_rabbit_hole) from @theyogalife is back in Edinburgh and has very kindly agreed to teach a few classes at Tribe as he's exploring Scotland over the next few weeks. #yoga #edinburgh #yogaeverydamnday #tribe #yogaedinburgh #edinburghyoga #yogalife #yogasculpt #poweryoga #capetown
“Tribe is my go to yoga studio, located on Howe Street. Here they offer a jam-packed timetable of hot and warm yoga and pilates based classes, taught by lovely motivational and encouraging instructors. There’s also a small but inspirational wellness reading library on site which can be enjoyed before or after class with a mug of herbal tea in hand, of course. Rumour has it they may be opening a second larger studio in the summer – watch this space.”
You must try this Chocolate & cayenne pepper pudding even if you are not vegan or raw vegan. All you need to do is blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender or process in a food processor. You will need: 3 ripe bananas, 1 avocado, 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder, 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 inch of vanilla bean. Decorate with banana pieces and raw cacao nibs. #raw #vegan #rawvegan #dairyfree #recipe #cacao #banana #avocado #cacaonibs #vanilla #pudding #dessert #chocolate #rawchocolate #foodporn #sweet #food #foodie #choco #amazing #instagram #instafood #instagood #glutenfree
“Tucked away from the hustle on Broughton Street, you probably pass this wonderful shop all the time and are none the wiser. After your first visit (and after undoubtedly spending a good half an hour browsing the aisles) you’ll definitely be drawn back. For health conscious cooks, Real Foods has just about every ingredient you could possibly ask for – from Chinese matcha powder to the freshest, locally sourced produce.
“Funnily enough it doesn’t all look polished and perfect like the fruit and veg you get at Tesco….and for me that makes it even more appealing. Their staff are really knowledgeable and friendly too so if you’re struggling with allergies, intolerances or other ailments, ask them for some tips.”
Moon & Hare
“A cute vegetarian and vegan cafe in Bruntsfield, Moon & Hare is my favourite lunch spot for a green juice and hearty feed when I’m over on that side of town. Their matcha lattes and raw Bounty balls are to die for, and if you’re feeling really virtuous you should try their Nori seaweed vegan wrap. There’s also a beautiful health shop in the back where they stock coconut and almond butter.”
CaveFit Exercises #3 The Battle Ropes were originally developed for specific combat sports. A highly effective, back-to-basics conditioning exercise used to increase your strength, power and endurance, the constant motion of rope battling will floor you with a muscle-toning, metabolic workout unlike any other. You’ll be shocked at how fast a few quick whips can get you to your maximum heart rate. #cavefit #edinburgh #gymedinburgh #fitness #circuits #metabolic #strength #bodyfat #royalmarines #commando #conditioning #endurance #motivation #personaltraining #workout #beastmodeon #liftweights #functional #fatloss #musclemass #strongman #highintensity #training #scotland www.cave-fit.com
“A warehouse turned functional fitness centre, fully equipped with every torture device any fittie could ask for, from TRX, punch bags, battle ropes and sand bag runs to kettlebells and my nemesis the prowler. Cave Fit is run by warm and usually friendly ex-Marine, Pete, and it’s a fantastic community to immerse yourself in if you want to boost your fitness and see results fast.”
“Forget #avocadosofinstagram, these guys know how to take beautiful pictures of food. That being said, the photos only go some of the way to doing this stunning cuisine justice. At Timberyard they use locally sourced ingredients, many foraged and seasoned with herbs from the restaurant’s own growing patch in its heated terrace area.”
“You’ll find the gorgeous Earthy shops and cafes dotted around Edinburgh in Causewayside, Canonmills and Portobello. ‘Forage, Nourish, Share’ is their motto with local, seasonal ingredients being served and sold just as nature intended. We all know things taste better when they’re in season – in fact it’s a no-brainer – but few people live and breathe by it. At Earthy, it’s a way of life. Plus, their cakes are pretty awesome too – not so seasonal but equally as tasty.”
The Gardener’s Cottage
“Co-owned by chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray, The Gardener’s Cottage is one of Edinburgh’s best hidden gems, nestled away behind Calton Hill. Renowned for serving the best seasonal, local produce on a daily changing six-course menu, this hot spot books up fast so make sure to make a reservation.”
Sarah Murray Beauty
Perfect selfie from Christina! L ❤️ V E these beauties done by Ashley at the weekend. #Repost @bombshellsandcocktails with @repostapp. ・・・ Some more beautiful nails by @lovenailsbyashley 😘😘 @sarahmurraybeauty #nails #shellac #cnd #vintagenails #rednails #nailsedinburgh #edinburgh #shellacnails #nailart #nailedit #lovenails #sarahmurraybeauty #sarahmurraynails #smb
“Every now and then a girl needs a little pampering. Sarah Murray’s lovely salon – located in Tollcross en-route to Bruntsfield – is a cosy haven offering every beauty treatment there is going. Choose from manicures and eyelashes to facials and detoxifying body treatments, including a mineral salt scrub therapy and purifying back treatment.”
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